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Ice Chips

  • Komets sign defenseman James Martin
    The Komets have signed defenseman James Martin, who spent last season with the Alaska Aces and won the ECHL championship.
  • Komets sign forward Pistilli
    The Komets have signed forward Matthew Pistilli and reached an agreement with Konstantin Shafranov to be an assistant coach for a second straight season.
  • Former Komet Uhrich dies at 60
    Rick Uhrich, a right wing who played for the Komets in 1974-75, died at 60, according to the Leader-Post, a newspaper in Saskatchewan.
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Photos and more

Here are Cathie Rowand's photos from the Komets' 6-2 victory over Wheeling in the exhibition finale on Saturday: Click here to see them.

Some interesting nuggets ...

  • Of the ECHL's 22 teams, nine have new coaches this season.
  • Kalamazoo's Sam Ftorek is enters this season with 697 ECHL games, third most all-time. The record is 789 by Cam Brown.
  • Ontario coach Jason Christie -- remember him? -- is four wins shy of becoming the fourth coach with 400 victories.
  • The Komets are one of only three teams not affiliated with NHL teams, the others being Colorado and Las Vegas.

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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