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  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Brett Perlini, left, shows off his jersey while public address announcer Larry Schmitt, center, points toward a bidder in the crowd Tuesday at the Appleseed Room in Memorial Coliseum. 

  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Travis Ewanyk, left, models his jersey as public address announcer Larry Schmitt, middle, and team president Michael Franke look for bidders in the Appleseed Room at Memorial Coliseum.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:00 pm

News, notes from Komets' party

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

A few things from the Komets' annual end-of-season party and jersey auction, which took place tonight at the Appleseed Room in Memorial Coliseum.

-- The team raised $22,600 for charity through their jersey auction. That goes to various local charities. 

-- Mike Cazzola's jersey sold for the most, $1,600. Jamie Schaafsma's and Shawn Szydlowski's went for $1,500. Mike Embach's sold for $1,400.

-- Tina Mohr's scrapbook of the season, something she does every year, sold for $250 for the fight against juvenile diabetes.

-- Bob Chase, the Komets' longtime broadcaster who died on Thanksgiving at age 90, had only missed one jersey auction since they began in 1991. That was in 1998, after he had heart surgery. So it was weird not having him there to start the auctioneering. “I know Bob would say, ‘Michael, the show must go on.’ That’s what we’ve done. His voice is silent, but his legacy will live on with the Komets forever,” team president Michael Franke said. Doing the auctioneering were public-address announcer Larry Schmitt and broadcaster Shane Albahrani.

-- Speaking of that first end-of-season party, did you know it took place in the basement of the Coliseum? The Frankes were in their first year of owning the team and the first one was so good, they knew they had the makings of a tradition.

-- I spoke with captain Jamie Schaafsma. He has considered retiring, but he had such a good season (17 goals, 62 points in 53 games), he may not hang them up. As the player/assistant coach, too, I have to think the chances of a return are pretty good. 

-- A few days to unwind after losing to Toledo has the Komets feeling a little less awful; they're starting to realize it was a successful season. 

-- Colorado ousted defending-champion Allen with a 4-3 victory tonight. That means Colorado wins the series 4-2 and will face Toledo in the Western Conference finals. Remember, Colorado had a 3-0 lead in the series before squandering it. It also means some former Komets are still playing: Alex Belzile and Mason Geertsen with Colorado, and Joey Leach with South Carolina.

-- Video from the party is above.

jcohn@jg.net