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Ice Chips

  • Bootland not coming to K's
    You may have heard that Darryl Bootland has defected from the CHL's Allen Americans to join a team in the ECHL. It's not the Komets, according to general manager David Franke.
  • Szydlowski would like bigger role with K's
    Shawn Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets today, said he hopes to have a top-line type of role this season.
  • AHL could be coming to town
    There is a possibility the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters and Grand Rapids Griffins will play an exhibition game at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 4.
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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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