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Tailing the Komets

Nothing new, yet

According to Komets president Michael Franke, "By early next week I think we'll have some information. I will tell you that the schedling meeing and the all the drafts have been rescheduled and will be coming up late next week."

Asked if he had any plans on heading to Quad City early next week, Franke said, "I can't say."

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Have you seen these?

This is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux's pool during the Penguins' celebration.

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If you play golf...

... and would like to have a chance to tee it up with some Komets, the second-annual Putts for Mutts event will be held Aug. 8 at Chestnut Hills Golf Course. Cost is $400 for a team of four or $125 for indivdiual golfer or $400 to golf with a Komet. The list so far includes P.C. Drouin (best golfer on the team by far), Guy Dupuis, Colin Chin and Al Sims, but I also know Robbie Laird is heavily involved with this and they are working on some legends and other current players. For more information, call 797-2230 or 800-707-5884.

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MacMillan's hand situation

Coming back to play a vital role in the playoffs after suffering a broke hand may have cost forward Brad MacMillan. MacMillan said his right hand is not healing correctly and may need surgery.

“I started having problems when I started driving up here,” MacMillan said from his home in Fairbanks, Alaska. “I just thought the pain might be part of the healing process, but it kept getting worse.”

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Expansion draft won't happen this week

League officials originally hoped to hold the expansion draft on Friday, but it will likely be held next week. The hold-up is another potential expansion franchise, though no one will comment officially or answer specific questions about the state of a possible Quad City team.

"We will reconvene our annual meeting in the next 48 hours and finish up the annual meeting and have announcements to make at that point and time for firm dates on the scheduling meeting and some other announcements," Komets President Michael Franke said. "Any of the expansion stuff right now I can't speak to."

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A weekend of road hockey

The coliseum will be hosting the girls state basketball touranment on March 6 so it's likely the Komets will be on the road that weekend. At the very least, they'll have to play road games on Friday and Saturday. You can read about it here. This is a good deal for Fort Wayne, and especially girls basketball which is outstanding in this

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Hodgman gets an invite

Justin Hodgman is going to the Chicago Blackhawks' prospect camp July 5-10. He's currently working out with trainer Paul Zinchenko and skating a couple nights a week to get ready.

"I don't want to go in with any expectations," he said. "I want to go in and work hard, and as a free agent you have to earn everything you get. Last year I made a good first impression in Minnesota, and I'm going to try to do the same thing in Chicago."

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By the numbers

Here's what I've got so far. This is NOT everyone. Feel free to suggest some additions. If you can figure out who is the toughest at No. 4 with Purinton, Madigan or Parsons, then God bless you.

00 Kevin Weekes

1 Chuck Adamson/Steve Janaszak

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Here's something fun

I wrote a story today about two local guys who are putting together a list of the greatest athletes to wear each number in sports. You can read the story here. If you'd like to vote, you're going to have to pick up the paper.

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Now the Komets start building

Just got off the phone with Komets General Manager David Franke who has to start building his protected list for next week's IHL expansion draft for Dayton.  Each team can protect 13 skaters and one goaltender, and as Franke understood the rules, pull a player back into protection once they have lost a player. The most a team can lose is three players.

Franke said the Komets or other IHL members will not release which players they choose to protect.

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Meetings report

The International Hockey League (IHL) is pleased to announce the addition of the Evansville IceMen, who will begin play within the next two years in the IHL. The Board of Governors unanimously awarded a member club to EI Acquisition, LLC which is owned by Ron Geary. Mr. Geary is the owner of Ellis Park Race Track, which he acquired from Churchill Downs in September 2006 and the Evansville IceMen, who currently play in the All-American Hockey League (AAHL). Further information regarding the Evansville IceMen will be available in the next few months.

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Don't freak out

The meetings have just been extended an extra day.

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A full agenda for IHL board

Not a whole lot new in this that we didn't know already

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Two new coaches


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Penguins win

Well, I got the Game 7 right, but I went with the wrong team and now I owe Burgee lunch. Have you seen how that guy can drink his lunch? Oh, right, you have.

I felt from pretty much the opening faceoff tonight the Penguins were playing the better game. They controlled center ice and won all the battles in the corners and behind the net. Brad Stuart... wow, is he having a bad day.  Did anybody else notice that the Red Wings kept trying to go short-side on Fleury all night? How many times did they simply miss the net because of it?

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ECHL accepts Kalamazoo

The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Board of Governors has unanimously approved the Expansion Membership application of the Kalamazoo Wings for admission to the ECHL.

Kalamazoo is scheduled to begin play in October when the Premier

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Ode To My Dad

This is the poem Bob Chase's daughter Karin wrote

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Would it work here?

Everytime there's a rumor about a team changing leagues in recent memory, there's always talk that junior hockey is an option. Do you think that could ever work in Fort Wayne? If you had the choice of pro or junior, would you definitely rather see pro

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Bob's last day at WOWO

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This is what the poster looks like

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