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    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
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    The Komets bolstered their roster with a potential No. 1 goaltender, a former first-round NHL draft pick, a familiar face and player who should be popular with the fans.
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Trade completed

The Komets completed their trade for forward Brett Lyon, who had been with Bakersfield.

A 22-year-old, 6-foot-2, 195-pound tough guy, he had more than 20 major penalties for fighting last season, while totaling five goals, 10 points and 218 penalty minutes in 57 games with Bakersfield and Orlando.

The Komets gave up cash to get him.

Click here to see the game story from Saturday.

Also ... the Komets invite all fans to the annual Tip-A-Komet benefit at Applebee's North Clinton location by the Coliseum on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fans have a chance to be served dinner by a Komet player as the entire team will be on hand for the special night at Applebee's. All tips benefit Applebee's Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraising efforts.

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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