Whew, I don't know about you, but I feel like I've been run over by a Zamboni.
I still can't believe Game 7 of the finals went to triple overtime. I don't care what level of hockey you're talking about, that's excitement. But just when I was thinking this was one of those wonderful sports moments that anyone would appreciate, a co-worker told me she left the building after two overtimes.
Anyway, the Komets are the Turner Cup champions. As you'll notice in the upcoming coverage, I'm referring to this as the greatest game in Komets history. I've run it by several people who say, there's no question. But if you have any arguments, let's hear about it now. It was the third longest game in franchise history.
I know there is a rumor out there that last night was Bob Chase's last game. As he left the press box, he said, "No way."
I did stop by the locker room on the way out of the building, to see what they were up to. I'm sure the players wouldn't appreciate me sharing most of their celebratory antics -- what happens in the room, stays in the room, as they say -- but here are some things I don't think they'd mind a fly on the wall sharing.
At one point, the players were chanting Nick Boucher's name. Kevin Reiter was clearly happy for him but also told me he wished he'd played better in his last outing. Personally, I don't think he got much help and I told him as much.
Some members of management, and their family, were smoking cigars.
A lot of the older veterans were low key in their celebrations, choosing to stay in the trainer's room or the private shower area. After more than 100 minutes of play that night, they were gassed. But one of the most jubilant was captain Guy Dupuis, who at age 38 has yet to decide if he'll play next season. He was downright giddy.
There was way more beer in that locker room than champagne. So, it's not exactly like it is in the NHL.
Surprisingly, only one player, Mitch Woods, gave me a hard time about writing the Komets were done after going down 3-1 in the series. Refreshing to cover a team that doesn't take it personally if you knock them.
Fort Wayne native Brandon Warner just had a glow about him. He grew up dreaming of playing for the Komets. To be in that locker room celebrating a championship, of which he was a key part, was probably more like winning a Stanley Cup for him than anyone else.
I did some investigating into the durability of the new Turner Cup, which had the cup part break off when Dupuis hoisted it. Well, that thing was darn heavy, probably about 65 pounds, and the top wasn't fastened together nearly strong enough to deal with the weight distribution. But, it's not the first time the Komets have broken some hardware. The Tarry Cup was broken in the 2003 celebration. The old Turner Cup was broke in 1993, but, supposedly, it was given to the Komets that way. So maybe it's good luck. Or bad luck, if you consider they didn't repeat in those years.
OK, here's some other stuff you might be interested in:
- In case you haven't seen all the great stuff we had today: Click here for my game story. Click here for Ben Smith's column and here for his blog, which you better have bookmarked by now. Awesome slideshow, with audio, can be viewed by clicking here. We'll have more cool stuff in Wednesday's paper, so I would recommend picking up the print edition.
- If you want color reproductions of today's Journal Gazette as a keepsake, you can get information by calling: 461-8377. They'll mail the Turner Cup coverage to your home for $15.
- The annual season-ending party and jersey auction will be Wednesday at the Coliseum Expo at 6:30 p.m. Season-ticket holders and kids get in free; all others get in for $5.
On a more personal note, I want to thank all the readers for visiting Ice Chips this season. I won't get into specifics, but readership has been through the roof. I love that people around the league are making this their place for news and banter. I appreciate you all keeping the discussion witty and polite. As one of the oldest blogs in minor-league hockey, and as the longest continuously running blog in the IHL, we take pride in all the goings on here and not bringing you fair-weather coverage.
I will continue to keep Ice Chips updated throughout the summer on a regular basis. But, thankfully, I'd like to take some time off here and there. If I don't put any new posts up, please, feel free to start some topics of your own in the comments section. Just keep it clean. And we will have some exciting changes to the blog in the near future.
And remember to check Komets Korner all the time, too.