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Sims hired in juniors ... or not

The Bradford Rattlers of the Greater Metro Junior 'A' Hockey League posted on their website today that they have hired Al Sims to be their new coach.

Reached by phone tonight, Sims told The Journal Gazette that nothing has been finalized.

"I'm meeting with them tomorrow, so we'll see," Sims said, declining further comment.

Sims, 60, coached the Komets to IHL championships in 1993, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and he led the Komets to the 2012 CHL title. He also has coached in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks.

Last season, the Komets missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and Sims and the Komets jointly announced his retirement.

"The Rattlers organization are excited to begin the season with such a qualified coach behind the bench," a news release read, adding that he has even been at practice.

In short, this is weird. Very weird.

Not that he took another coaching job – I think most presumed the retirement was forced – but that he's saying it's not final despite the news release.

Cart before the horse, I guess.

Sims won 437 of his 761 regular-season games with the Komets, and he won 72 of 105 playoff games.

He is the winningest coach in Komets history.

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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