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  • This is sad news
    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.
  • Major signings for Komets
    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.
  • Former Komet in Elmira
    Steven Shamanski, who had a cup of coffee with the Komets, has signed to play this season with Elmira of the ECHL.
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In case you're wondering ...

The last non-affiliated team to win the ECHL championship was Atlantic City in 2003. The last independent team to make the Kelly Cup Finals was Las Vegas in 2012.

The Komets are the only independent team still in the playoffs. They are tied at 1 with the Cincinnati Cyclones in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals, which continue Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.

The ECHL's only other independent teams, Las Vegas and Colorado, were eliminated in the first round and combined to win only two playoff games.

I'm going to have a story Tuesday on affiliations and their impact on the Komets series.

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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