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Tailing the Komets

on Tim Hoke

Game 3 will be shown Wednesday night on Comcast Ch. 55 and Verizon 25, and then I think Otto said something about Game 4 being shown on Saturday. If that's incorrect, I'll let you know ASAP.

Can you imagine two better games for Tim to end on? Yeah, sure, another cup clincher, but he gets to finish with one of the greatest playoff comebacks ever and maybe the best game the Komets played all year. You can't beat that. What a fitting tribute to one of the classiest people ever to be associated with the Komets.

Can you imagine going to work an extra 600 nights over 22 years, especially driving down from Angola on winter nights the past few years? That's been a lot of very good hockey during that time, but also a lot of very bad hockey as well, and Tim always told it like it was. Even better, can you imagine putting up with Randy for 22 years and 600 games? I'm just kidding about that because it wouldn't have been close to as much fun without one or the other of them. They seem to have a rhythm that just works for each of them. They are the hockey version of MST3K! Except with grunts, growls and Oh My!

I swear there have been dozens of times where I'll watch on Wednesday nights and get just as wrapped up in watching the game as I did the week before at the rink just because of their enthusiasm. That right there shows you how good they are because the last thing I EVER want to do is watch another sporting event when I don' t have to. But somehow they usually manage to suck me in.

I think one of the fascinating storylines for next year will be to see whom they get to take Tim's place. That won't be an easy job to fill, trying to keep track of what's happening on the ice, keep Randy under control and listen to Otto in one ear all the time. That would drive me nuts, but Tim made it look relatively easy. The coolest thing about all those guys is that they are fans first, second and always. They never tried to hide their emotions or be anything that they weren't, and really that's why it always worked so well. They don't really worry about trying to be any good, and that's what makes them great.

So long my friend. Enjoy Florida. You have added to Komets history in so many positive ways that will never be forgotten.

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Mon, 04/25/2011 - 6:48pm

Where's the "like" button? :) And when's the party for Tim?

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 7:06pm


Best Wishes for an enjoyable and well earned retirement.

Have fun in the sun, and remember there will always be an extra seat for you in "The Jungle".

Tim Hoke
Mon, 04/25/2011 - 7:27pm

Blake all i can say is "wow thank you!" Those are very very kind words and they mean a lot to me coming from you. You touched my heart very deeply here. I find myself at a loss for words here so i will just say thank you to a class person such as yourself!! C ya around!! Tim

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 8:32am

Tim - From all of us Section 1'ers and the dancing guys from 90-91 (THE Komet hockey season)....Thank you. I've got a giant box full of videotapes of Channel 10 games. The Glory Years.... Someday I'll put those on DVD and when I do it will be a blast to relive those games...seeing the wood seats again, the introduction of the "three camera shoot", Tim for Mayor!. (How about all those years when there weren't elevators. All that equipment had to be lugged up the stairs and then up to those little camera/spotlight stands in the corners)

Where's Landgraf? Pipe in here Andy. Thanks for the hard work although I bet it was as much fun for you as it was for those of us able to watch the games.

Five Minute Major
Tue, 04/26/2011 - 9:43am

Enjoy your retirement, Tim! I don't know if I ever told you the story about me sending copies of the games to my friend in Australia to get him hooked on hockey too. People halfway around the world enjoyed your broadcasts too! Don't forget to check in from time to time to let us know how you're doing! :)

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 10:07am

Congratulations, Tim. I bet when you guys started this so many years ago, that you could have never fathomed how many lives you would touch or how it would become a part of "Komet Hockey."

I, for one, hope you return back to Fort Wayne now and again, maybe even during the season or playoffs where you could step in again for "old times sake".

I believe Randi is going to use "old time Komets" for his partners but would suggest when a schedule conflict occurs, he would relax his attitude about the bloggers and use one of them. (Some have been around a lot longer than Randi and just might have an interesting story or memory to share.)

God bless you and your family, Tim.

Keep in touch with us over the blog and e-mails.

For all of us here I'm sure I can speak for everyone by saying we hope this isn't "goodbye", but rather "until we meet again".

Alan Hines

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 6:24pm

Couldn't have said it better, Rick!!!

Joe Harkins
Wed, 04/27/2011 - 6:52am

Sherry and I want a big fat kiss before you move Tim.
See ya soon.

Tim Hoke
Wed, 04/27/2011 - 9:11am

Sherry yes for sure! For u Joe uhhhhhhh No. Lol.