Archive for August, 2007

Blog is suspended

August 21, 2007

It’s not just the stuff that happened Friday night because I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I’ve got too much work to do, it takes a ton of time and frankly it’s not as much fun as it used to be. It’s more difficult to manage because it’s too easy to say anything when you can post anonymously. It’s no fun getting asked by players about some of the comments or trying to make sure this represents The News-Sentinel in the best way possible. It’s aggravating having to check it on days off to make sure someone didn’t write something out of line (which happened more than you know). Sure, you can say it’s a blog and I should go with the flow, but I can’t do that. It’s not your name on it — at least not your real name. LOL. Or your livelihood at risk.

I don’t know how long this will last because part of the decision is not up to me, but I would guess at the very least we won’t get going again before the season starts. If that changes I’ll let you know.


This will bring back some memories

August 17, 2007

There’s been some trouble with the blog service, so let’s try this again. I got these a couple weeks ago from Dave Longsworth. They ought to keep you occupied all weekend and quench some of your bloodlust. Any guesses on who the dork shadow-boxing in the stands is?

Komets add five to roster

August 16, 2007

The Komets announced Thursday that goaltender Kevin Reiter, skaters Matt Reynolds, Brandon Warner, Dustin Hughes and defenseman John Pence have been added to the pre-season roster.

Reiter, 25, will be starting his 4th pro year. The netminder completed 4 seasons at the University of Alaska-Anchorage 2000-2004 before making his pro debut covering 2 seasons with Missouri in the UHL 2004-05 and 2005-06. Last season Reiter started the year appearing in 7 games with Phoenix in the ECHL before joining Laredo and taking the CHL Southeast Division title with a career high 2.33 goals-against-average in 25 games. In the post-season Reiter led the Bucks to the CHL finals.

Reynolds, 26, will be entering his 3rd pro year after skating the last 2 seasons in the CHL. The left winger appeared in 64 games with Fort Worth during his rookie season 2005-06 scoring 11 goals and 24 points while accumulating 127 penalty minutes. Last year Reynolds registered 17 goals, 45 points and 78 penalty minutes in 56 games with Rio Grande Valley. Prior to his pro debut, the Athens, Ontario native had a 5-year stint with York University of Canadian Internuniversity Sport (CIS).

Warner, 24, is a Fort Wayne area native. A versatile player, skating primarily defense but also forward, Warner became only the second Indiana native to join the Michigan State Spartan program, completing 4 seasons from 2003-04 thru 2006-07. Prior to MSU he spent 2 years (2001-2003) playing juniors with the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) winning the Junior “A” national Championship in 2003. Warner is a graduate of Carroll High School in Fort Wayne and played for the Fort Wayne Midget “AAA” Komets 2000-01 registering 20 goals, 48 points and 182 penalty minutes in 59 games.

Hughes, 23, is entering his rookie season after completing the past 3 seasons at the University of Manitoba, CIS. During 2003-04 Hughes skated 4 games of NCAA play with Quinnipiac University and 25 Junior games with Selkirk capturing the MJHL playoff scoring title and playoff MVP award.

Pence, 23, made his rookie debut last year appearing in 16 games with Fresno, ECHL (1g, 1a, 4pim) after completing 4 seasons with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in the NCAA from 2003-2007.
The addition of Reiter, Reynolds, Warner, Hughes and Pence brings the Komet roster to 12 players including 6 forwards, 5 defenseman and 1 goaltender.

As you’ll see in tomorrow’s paper…

August 15, 2007

…I’ve been buried writing high school previews.

 Frenchy asked me to post this:

The first-annual Kevin St. Pierre JDRF Golf Classic will be held Sept. 16 at Noble Hawk Golf Links in Kendallville. The cost is $200 for a four-player team with a maximum of 36 teams, and that includes green fees, two golf carts and dinner. Included is a drawing for two Komets season tickets.  To enter, call Noble Hawk at 1-888-Golf-321 or Nicole Hansen at 927-1300. The event starts at 2 p.m.

Book is now available in bookstores

August 8, 2007

Finally, the book is available for order through the bookstores and might be on sale as early as late this week. I know Walden’s in Glenbrook is ordering some copies for sure, and the rest of the stores can now order it through their supplier. It is also available at Komet Kuarters and will be available at the games against this season.

There is going to be a second Komets book on the men who have had their numbers retired. It’s about 75 percent finished, but I won’t be able to publish it until probably next year at this time because of the agreement with the publisher of the first book. If the first book takes off, maybe this one can come out sooner.

 I’m also working on a non-Komet sports book which is about 75 percent done and I hope to publish next spring. Can’t say more than that yet.

Not a lot is going on

August 7, 2007

The Komets might announce a couple signings by the end of the week, but these are likely to be more rookies and role players than stars. It’s starting to get toward crunch time when players who are hoping for spots in AHL training camps will have to make some decisions.

With seven players signed and only three veterans, the Komets have roster spots and money available. General Manager David Franke and coach Al Sims hope to have the team’s goaltending positions figured out next. They continue to talk with Shawn Degagne who hopes to receive a doctor’s clearance later this week after having shoulder surgery early last season. Degagne is already playing and working out, Sims said. “If everything looks good and he is cleared, we’ll look to make the next step,” Sims said. “He’s a real competitor.”

Franke said the Komets also have a few other goaltending options, and it’s unlikely the team will fill one of its seven veteran spots in net.

Sims said he’d like to bring around 30 players to training camp, creating competition for the final five or six spots on the roster.

“The middle of August is usually when guys are looking for American League deals, and then they have to decide what they want to do next,” Sims said. “That’s usually when you get the better players because these are borderline AHL players. You have to make sure you have some money for that time of year so you can get a guy like that.”

The Komets have made offers to dispersal draft picks Justin Chwedoruk, Chaz Johnson, Frank Littlejohn, Mike Sgroi and Mike Kautz, but Brett Pilkington and Sergei Durdin have said they will sign with the ECHL.

“The important thing for me is go get in touch with all the agents and let them know we’re interested if their guys don’t get an AHL deal, an we have money to spend,” Sims said. “If we get some AHL camps to offer as well, we’ll be that much further ahead.”

Sims and Franke said the Komets currently have spots in two AHL camps, with Worcester and Syracuse. Sims said he’s continuing to look for more options.

Franke said recently signed assistant coach Colin Chaulk and captain Guy Dupuis are also pitching in to help recruit players and sell them on Fort Wayne.