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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. He finished his career with the Muskegon Mohawks in 1968. His record of 551 goals was broken by Fort Wayne’s Scott Gruhl in 1992.

This was one of my favorite people to speak with on those trips to Muskegon, Michigan, that I made for so many years covering the Komets.

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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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