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Tailing the Komets

Awful first period

Seems like the only group that can make it's way through the Wings' NZT is the Auger, Marino and Ouellet line. Everybody else is dump and chase, and no one can recover the puck. Wings are doing a great job of moving it quickly out of their own zone. Couple of sloppy and obvious penalties by the Komets.

Not good so far. Boring hockey, too. No entertainment value whatsoever.

Jason Dale

NHL players in the Olympics

I understand the Olympics are a pain in the backside for NHL teams which are shut down for three weeks in the middle of the season. I also understand that the Olympics are probably the greatest marketing tool and best chance to introduce the sport to new fans. I also want to see the best athletes possible at the Olympics.

So the question is, do you want NHL players in the next Olympics? Why or why not?

Hockey House one-day camp

 

Camp details:

Vitucci steps down in Toledo

From a Walleyes press release:

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo Walleye Head Coach Nick Vitucci is stepping down from
the position he has held for almost five years. He has given his
resignation, which is effective immediately, to Toledo Walleye President and
General Manager Joe Napoli.

Meisner honored by ECHL

From an ECHL press release:

High school city championship

This Wednesday night at Canlan is the Memorial Cup Championship Game.  Leo takes on Carroll beginning at 7:00 pm.  We will have some awards presentation starting around 6:45 pm.  Top 5 scorers, top 3 goaltenders, and the 1st and 2nd all city teams.

This coming weekend begins the Indiana State High School Hockey Invitational.  Games are in Fishers and South Bend.   The state finals for all 5 classes will be here in Fort Wayne on Saturday March 8th.

Inside The Zone for Feb. 24

Stanford Ratings for Feb. 24

Saturday in Florida

Let's start the conversation here.

Interesting to see if the Komets continue getting stronger throughout this series.

Pink the Rink jerseys

Friday in Florida

Let's start the discussion here.

The plan is for Ben Meisner to start in goal tonight.

Wednesday was weird because I didn't think the Komets were out-classed, I just thought they didn't play well, maybe their worst game in a while. Even with that, it was still 2-1 going into the third even though they made some glaring mistakes they haven't made in two months. If they can ever get their power play going consistently to score on goal a game or be a threat every time...

A pro's pro

Like Larry Schmitt on the PA or George Drysdale having a joke to tell, Doug Gruber was a constant a Komets home games. He wrote stories for the local NPR affiliate, loved to talk baseball and had a wonderful perspective on things. He died Thursday after a long battle with several illnesses. He was one of the behind-the-scenes folks who make going to the Komets games a unique experience, one of the folks who often get taken for granted.

Rest in peace, my friend. You'll have the best seat in the house for spring training.

High School hockey semifinals

Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association playoffs on Saturday.

Leo vs Bishop Dwenger, 5:30 pm
Carroll vs Homestead, 7:30 pm

Winners play for Memorial Cup Championship on Wednesday at 7 pm.

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