Archive for August, 2008

Rob Guinn memorial fund auction

August 28, 2008

Is starting today! We’re auctioning off a pair of “Kan Man” tin men as built by long-time Komets fan Jerry Long of Grand Prairie, Texas.

There are two ways to enter: Either in person at Komet Kuarters 515 E. Coliseum Blvd., where you can examine a “Kan Man” in person, or through this blog by emailing me at bsebring@news-sentinel.com. If you are going to email me a bid, you must include your full name, address and phone number which I will be checking. However, those details will NOT be published on the blog. You will be asked for the same details at Komet Kuarters.

If the bidding for our two tin men reaches at least $100 each, Jerry has agreed to build some more for those bidders. You would be responsible for postage as well.

Mark from Komet Kuarters is going to email me the bids he receives at the store and I will combine those with the bids I receive to post them daily so folks can keep up. The bidding will end Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. when the store closes.

Every dime of the winning bids will be presented to Rob’s wife Brooke. Thank you to everyone who participates or who even considers taking part.

Komets sign Curadeau

August 27, 2008

The Komets announced Wednesday that center Mathieu Curadeau and rookie defenseman Alexandre Dulac-Lemelin have been added to the roster for 2008-09.

Curadeau, 23, skated his rookie season last year with the Komets ranking second with 34 goals and adding 25 assists for 59 points in 70 games. Curadeau earned the IHL rookie of the Week honors twice during the season and collected the IHL Rookie of the Month award for February, 2008. He was also named to the IHL 2007-08 All-Rookie Team.

The center appeared in all 13 Komet playoff games in Fort Wayne’s run for the 2008 Turner Cup Championship scoring five goals and 11 points.

“Due to Mathieu’s breakout season we were able to secure a two-way contract for him with Norfolk of the American Hockey League which is the #1 affiliate of Tampa Bay”, Komet’s general manager David Franke said. “Mathieu will attend Norfolk’s training camp starting September 21st and if he doesn’t start the season in Norfolk then he’ll be with the Komets and eligible for call-ups during the season.”

Dulac-Lemelin, 22, completed three seasons of play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2003-2006. The rookie defenseman also skated 14 games with Cincinnati in the ECHL last season registering four assists. Dulac-Lemelin checks in at 6-foot, 4-inches and 193 pounds and was a ninth round pick by Montreal in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The Komet’s 2008-09 roster grows to 21 players including 11 forwards, nine defensemen and one goaltender. Curadeau becomes the 11th Komet returnee from last season’s championship squad. Training camp begins Monday, Oct. 6 at the Coliseum.

New scoreboard pics are up

August 26, 2008

You can see them here.

Mystery man or men

August 23, 2008

Ran into Michael and David Franke while covering the Bishop Luers-Northrop football game Friday night and David Franke said the Komets will have three players attending AHL camps this fall. I said, “Legault, Curadeau and Henley?” He said no. “There’s one other player that you don’t know about yet,” and then he wouldn’t say anything else to confirm or deny the other two spots, either.

Hmm. I’ve heard rumors of an AHL defensemen the Komets are going after. I’m also guessing that Legault to the LA Kings rookie camp doesn’t count, either, so that means there might be two out there.

Fun with Bob

August 21, 2008

Bob Chase is home from his knee replacement surgery and he’s just beginning his rehabilitation so I have a captive audience as we try to finish his book, “Live from Radiorinkside: The Bob Chase Story.” Besides talking about the Olympics, which we both are addicted to, we spent this afternoon talking about interesting categories such as best talkers, best fighters, best slap shots, quickest releases, fastest skaters, funniest players, best Russians, best rivalries…. this a whole list of things that Bob is going to list his favorite 5-to-10 players in each category. We even had best one-year Komets and things like that. Sometimes I feel like I’m his analyst as I try to probe deep into his memory. Bwa, ha, ha! Pins and needles work really well sometimes.

It’s been a lot of fun, and hopefully the book will finally be out around Christmas. That’s the goal, at least.

Is anybody else as addicted to the Olympics as we are? I love that NBC is actually showing the actual events this time instead of trying to turn everything into a soap opera.

Komets re-sign Pence, Legault

August 18, 2008

The Komets announced Monday that they have re-signed defenseman Jake Pence and forward Olivier Legault for 2008-09. The Komets also added rookie defenseman Vince Tarantino to the camp roster.

Pence, 24, skated all 76 games of the regular season last year with the Komets posting two goals and 11 points while accumulating 44 penalty minutes. Pence appeared in 12 playoff games registering two assists in the run for the Turner Cup championship. Pence completed four seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell from 2003-2007 before skating his first pro season last year with the Komets. Pence was honored at the conclusion of last season with the Komets’ Most Improved Player Award.

Legault (luh-GOE), 21, also appeared in his first pro season last year with the Komets scoring three goals, nine points and 178 penalty minutes in 55 games. Legault was a fourth round selection by Florida in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and was a co-winner with teammate Pence for the Komets’ Community Service Award for 2007-08.

Tarantino, 26, finished four seasons with Potsdam (NCAA-SUNYAC) last year and registered nine assists and 10 points in 22 games during 2007-08.

The Komet’s 2008-09 roster grows to 19 players including 10 forwards, eight defensemen and one goaltender. The signing of Pence and Legault gives the Komets 10 returnees from last season’s championship squad. Training camp begins Monday, Oct. 6 at the Coliseum.

A worthy cause

August 13, 2008

The Northern Indiana Convertible Club will be presenting its 6th annual benefit car show on September 7 at the Penguin Point from 12 PM to 5 PM. The money raised will benefit the Fort Wayne Rescue Ministries. This is the organization that operates the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission and the Charis House.

The Northern Indiana Convertible Club is a small group that was founded by Dan Thompson, who is our Show Chairman and long-time Komets fan and blogger Bob Brown is serving as the Club President.

Bob Chase has surgery

August 12, 2008

Bob had knee replacement surgery today and everything went fine. He’s hoping to be home in a few days to start preparing for the season and to finish off his book which we hope to have out around Christmas. He was already doing some rehab stuff a couple of hours after he got to his room, and now he’s watching the Olympics.

Here’s a question for you: How can the Central Hockey League which has a lower salary cap than the IHL keep affording to sign major stars away from this league? Not an accusation, just a question, but you have to wonder what the depth is like on those teams. I believe the CHL salary cap is $1,500-$2,000 lower per week than the IHL.

Hi from Justin Hodgman

August 7, 2008

I talked to Hodgie yesterday. He’s in town visiting some friends this week.

He has signed a tryout contract with the Minnesota Wild, and they have until Oct. 1 to sign him. If they choose not to, he is committed to returning to his junior team in Erie, Penn. The next step for him is to play in the rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich., in September. Before that, he’s returning to training camp in Erie to get ready.

“If I play well, hopefully I’ll get a shot at the main camp,” he said. “If something comes up with Minnesota or anything like that I will explore other options, but right now I’ll be going back to Erie. I can’t tell how it’s going to pan out right now.”

Maybe the most important thing he said:

“The things that the city has given me and that have panned out from choosing to come play here are endless. I’m forever thankful to the city.”

I have a feeling he’s going to be an all-time favorite Komet for an entire generation of kids. I used to wonder what would happen if John Anderson had ever come back to Fort Wayne to play. How could he ever have topped his last game? Now I wonder the same thing about Hodgman.

Another update

August 6, 2008

I asked Komets General Manager David Franke about the status of other negotiations and this is what he had to say:

Luciano Aquino: There’s nothing new. I think there’s a good chance he’s going to get an opportunity to make Norfolk of the AHL.

Mathieu Curadeau: We’re working on a possible two-way with a couple of AHL teams for him.

Jake Pence: We expect to hear from Jake soon. He was looking at possibly going to Europe. If he’s available, we’ll probably try to re-sign him.

Brent Henley: He’s still looking to see if he can hook up with an AHL team. I think he’s leaning toward coming back but it may be mid- to late-August before we get a commitment out of him.

Olivier Legault: He’s going to the L.A. Kings rookie camp, but I think if he doesn’t play in the AHL he’ll come back to Fort Wayne. Thats’ what we’re hearing from him and his agent.

Terry Marchant: We’re not going to bring Terry back.

Evgeny Saidachev: He’s going to play with Bossier-Shreveport in the CHL.

Goaltender: Looking at a rookie or a tweener, not a veteran because they want to save those two remaining veteran spots for skaters.