Justin A. Cohn


About Ice Chips

  • 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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January 01, 2008

Comments

Jerad Shaw

I have been watching this as well. I love it! Some of the things that Crosby can do with the puck is amazing. I hope there is a shootout here!!!

Shawn

What a hockey game. I hope the NHL does this every season. Chicago, NY, Detriot, Denver and so on.

Justin Cohn

Dallas ... Tampa Bay ... Bloomington ...

Henley67250

Jamaica...

Hoss

Ft Wayne!

Sherry

I love it! Can the Komets do this at Zollner Stadium?

Justin Cohn

Yeah, that wouldn't expensive.

Justin Cohn

And knowing Fort Wayne, it would be 72 degrees in January.

Sherry

I don't believe I have ever seen a cost estimate put on these outdoor games, including those in Michigan. Have you?

Justin Cohn

Just eyeballing it, in Buffalo, it took days to build a rink. You have to make it level, but dirt underneath, build a rink, put in boards that will be stable, etc. ... Remember, no compressors outdoors. ... In theory, it's simple, like those ones you make in the backyard. But if you want a rink, not a pond, it's a little tougher. ... That being said, no, I don't know the price.

SLB

Justin,
Bloomington isn't quite that far south. This the third year for my backyard rink.
http://www.prohockeynews.com/leagues/article.cfm?Article_ID=438
We had 40 days of skating last season and have about a week so far this season.

Jerad Shaw

If anyone is bored and wanting to watch some good hockey fights, Check out Mirasty vs. Bosse. 6 rounds of pure enjoyment. Some great fights coming out of the LNAH.

SLB

Justin - there ARE compressors and coils below the ice on these outdoor rinks.
http://www.icerinkevents.com/
Look here and scroll to the bottom
http://www.icerinkevents.com/icerinkevents_006.htm
and you can see some of the coils in one of the pictures.

Mark

that hockey game was awesome to watch, I skipped watching football to watch that game, glad I did, what a great event. Crosby is everything he is billed to be.

SLB

It took just over a week to convert the field from football to hockey.
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2007/12/27/winter-classic-ice.html

I cannot find the exact numbers for the cost, as I recall, it was "more than you can afford but cheaper than you might think"

Justin Cohn

OK, what do I know? I would have just left the hose on and given it a whirl, tsk, tsk.

Jerad Shaw

You are a lil chippy tonight Justin.

Justin Cohn

Oh, yeah, I'm on a roll. But i wasn't being sarcastic; I'm trying to talk my wife into flooding the yard right now.

Sherry

You can flood my yard -- now it only happens when I don't want it to. But seating could be a problem ... and forget about bathroom breaks!

scoops

I didn't get to watch the Edmonton/Montreal game but I definately tuned for this one. It was really fun to watch and reminded me of when I was a kid and played some pond hockey. The pond we used was about 1/2 mile from where I lived. We made goals and stuff out of anything we could find in the garages. Once we accomplished the building of the goals, we soon learned they weighed like 75lbs. Not exactly something you can tote on your back while riding a bike. Thankfully we never erected boards but it sure sucked getting steamrolled into dead thorn bushes and tree branches.

Adam Craig

Today's outdoor game was very awesome. I enjoyed it very much. Both teams played a hard fought, back and forth game. It was strange to see the zamboni come out in the middle of a period. I also would like to see a N.H.L. Winter Classic game in Detroit or Toronto.

Brandon

I'd like to see a game held up in Ann Arbor, MI between the Red Wings and either Blackhawks or Leafs...They should really make this an annual event on January 1st of every year.

If they ever hold this in either Ann Arbor or Chicago at Soldier Field, I'd be there no matter who the teams are.

SLB

I can help you out in your quest, Justin.

Here is the place that got me started. http://www.hpurchase.com/backyard.htm

Here is another one...
http://www.3on3backyardhockey.com/

Another good place for info is a yahoo group called Backyardrink. There are 618 subscribers that are mostly folks in the U.S. and Canada who build their own backyard rinks. They go from mega complicated rink down to 2x4's and a tarp.

gerry

soldier field next year, hawks and wings. i would pay the price for that one! the ks at zollner stadium would be awesome also!

Jerad Shaw

What wouldn't be awesome is watching the Hawks play like they are tonight. Brutal.

Teresa

Hey Jerad, will you be there tonight to cheer the Fury on???

Jerad Shaw

As of right now, no. There is an outside chance, but I doubt I will be able to make the trip up to see my favorite team in the IHL, The Skegon Fury. Rumor has it though, next Friday, I will be in 215. Just a rumor.

Teresa

We'll keep the seat warmed up for you...just in case you show tonight, Jerad.

Jerad Shaw

Thank you. The gf is working so there is a chance she might let me go out and play. We shall see!!

Thomas

Justin:
Thanks for posting the vid from RGV. Proof that on-ice advertising has gotten totally out of hand. OUTRAGOUS!!!

Thomas

Justin:
Thanks for posting the vid from RGV. Proof that on-ice advertising has gotten totally out of hand. OUTRAGOUS!!!

Junior

Makes me sick to watch an old K's game in the early 90's and compare the advert. to now.

My dad and I were having a conversation about this on Monday. Who gets the money, the MC or the Frankes??? I'm guessing the MC since they only get rent if the attendance is under 5,000 and we all know that will NEVER happen.

Justin Cohn

Jerad, if you're going to get booted again, please get my attention in the press box first so I can see what all the controversy will be about. Kidding, kidding.

Jerad Shaw

HAHA. I can do that. Are all the home Komet games 30 min. delayed on B2??

IcyKometsFan84

why sit at the computer when you can go to the game??? you said your gf is working tonight

ben smith

Stevie Weeks ... Stevie Weeks ... Didn't he get traded to Danbury for two Paulie Walnuts and a Tony Soprano to be named later?

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