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Ice Chips

  • K's drop to 4th in rankings
    After getting soundly defeated by the Toledo Walleye twice in the last week, the Komets have dropped in my ECHL Power Rankings. Idaho now tops the list.
  • A good cause
    The Fort Wayne Freeze, the police department team, will take on the Cincinnati Firefighter Hockey Club at Memorial Coliseum at 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • No defense, no win for Komets
      TOLEDO, Ohio – In what has been a largely excellent start to the season, the Toledo Walleye has proved problematic for the guys in orange and black.
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My ballot .. and more

I just filled out my ballot for the Komets' team awards. Some of these were difficult to choose, and not in a good way. (I don't get a vote for MVP, but I assume it will be Brandon Marino.)

Defensive Forward: Jean-Michel Rizk

Unsung Hero: Matt Firman

Defenseman of the Year: Daniel Maggio (though I doubt the team would give it to him since he was called up)

Rookie of the Year: Kenny Reiter (see Defenseman of the Year award)

Most Improved Player Award: Ryan Hegarty

"True Komet" Award: Tyler Butler

Mr. Hustle: Brett Smith

In other news, Greenville is pretty beat up and will have only 12 skaters tonight against the Komets at Memorial Coliseum.

And Sunday, when the Komets play host to the Evansville IceMen, assistant equipment manager Steve Wissman will work his 2,000th game.

Oh, one last thing, former Komets defenseman Steven Delisle is in the Greenville lineup. He was pretty much the only player Columbus sent to Fort Wayne in that awful affiliation, if we forget about Chris Francis anyway.

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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