We interrupt this weekend's basketball gluttony for a sad note from hockey: Former Komets goaltender Gerry Randall has died.
For those of a certain age, Randall will always be remembered as the second head of the Komets' two-headed monster between the pipes in the palmy days of the mid-1960s.There was Chuck Adamson and there was Randall, who was the top goalie in the old IHL in his first season with the Komets (1965-66), and backstopped them to the Turner Cup finals the next season with a career-best 3.26 goals-against.
The Gatchell, Ont., native went on to become part of that core group of Komets who made a home in Fort Wayne after their playing days, raising their families here and becoming a permanent and sustaining influence on the sporting landscape in the city, from its baseball and softball fields to its youth hockey rinks.
And, in the end, maybe it was fitting in a way that Randall's passing coincided with the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament. It was in gymnasiums, not hockey rinks, that I most often ran into Randall in his later years; his son, David, grew up to be Woodlan High School's head basketball coach.
Another legacy he leaves behind.