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On the veterans limit

I have received several questions from readers about this.

No, the ECHL has not increased the number of veterans from four for next season, as part of the new collective bargaining agreement with the players' association.

It remains four, even if one of those is a player/assistant coach.

(Actually, since the ECHL doesn't include goalies as veterans, you can carry six, but that's another story.)

The difference is the ECHL didn't actually recognize player/assistant coaches in the past. This may mean that there is a provision that player/assistants can get some money that doesn't count against the salary cap, but the ECHL communications department is still waiting to get a full briefing on what went on, at which point they'll tell me.

By the way: My new favorite player.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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