Justin A. Cohn


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  • 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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May 13, 2008

Comments

zanderson_84

Yet again, in regards to the attendance...we average over 7,000 fans a game, which is nearly 5 times what PH averaged during the season....just cause they had 3,000 fans at 1 game....which wouldnt have happened had 600 Komet fans not driven 4 hours, does not make PH a hockey city. And as for the K's knocking the net off, I seem to remember good ol Larry with a glove hand on the net trying to get it off its morings in the 1st period.

Greg

Thank you Komets for a wonderful season and capping it off with the Turner Cup. Now to Watch the Penguins in the NHL.

jonndfi

When did Tigerdan become the "blog" police after what he wrote? Just go back and review his previous posts. Go to his webpage blog and even remotely write something in support of the Komets and get banned. All of a sudden, all is forgiven.

jonndfi

And by the way TigerDan, the only reason you can hop in your car and go to a Wings game is because no one is there! Go Blackhawks.

Burgee

R&R Part II would come in handy at this point.

TigerDan

JW, If you read that, then you've certainly read the rest of the posts on that blog. I would seriously suggest reading ALL of it before copying and pasting here. That said, I think we've found the 'fortwaynekomets' from the Times Herald comment section.

scoops

Whether its actually a Komet fan (using that term loosely) or not, its in poor judgement to even acknowledge the comment even exists. Its for a reaction, and whomever posted got one.
Being someone of some hockey intelligence and someone who shows great pride in your team/city, your road you chose to travel makes you looks just as rediculous as the original poster.

Take the high road, cuz I would like to think you are better than that.

TigerDan

JW, I'm sure that if you were able to copy and paste that comment, you were able to read ALL of the comments. I would urge anyone reading this to read ALL of the comments attached to that link. That said, I think we've found 'fortwaynekomets' from the PH Times Herald story chat boards.

Andrew

Well to TigerDan's response...we would have filled more of the rink but due to fire hazards we couldn't. I didn't see many PH fans there so we help you guys fill your arena, but yet we are able to fill our own. That wasn't a really strong point there.

Wingmnn

TigerDan,
I do not think it was a true Komet fan that posted that on your blog. I agree with Chis. It is not true that a certain teams fans have moved on. Have you looked at the KWing boards? They are full of Komet haters at this very min. I wouldn't put it past one of them to do it.

Centerhockeygirl9

The only thing i gotta say is WE GOT THE CUP WE GOT THE CUP!!!!!

Burgee

a special commemorative section coming out friday in the NS. (see other Blog)

Hoss

OK, we know both teams have bad fans, let's get over it...

I can't wait till tomorrow night for the party! I wish I had an extra couple thousand dollars, that way I could pick up one or two jerseys! Who do you think will go for the most? I say "New Guy!" MVP! MVP! MVP!

Wendy

In regards to the incredibly rude post by "fortwaynekomets", I'm not going to pretend that there aren't people who are classless enough to write such a thing. After all, such people are everywhere and every team has them, like it or not. So if that was a Fort Wayne fan, you have my permission to tell them to stick it where the sun doesn't shine. However, retorting with a classless comment of your own about the Komets, their fans in general, or our city is NOT called for. And that's all I have to say about that.

Yes, last night was amazing, and I went through 4 rolls of film -- 2 of which were just of players hugging each other and hoisting the cup. I should have a slideshow for those within a week (also: game #5 coming soon).

The only downside was the "Will Call" line from hell. I did my best to get there early, but still missed the opening and a large chunk of the first period. :(

I didn't want to cut in line, so I followed it around... "Is this the end of the A-H line?" I was told, "No, A-H is over there" "But... um... I followed it around and this is where it ends..."

So I moved forward a bit. "Is the end of the A-H line?" That time, the person said, "There is just one line and they seperate further up." "Er... No they don't..."

So I went a little further up. "Is this A-H?" "Yes" So I went a little further back until I found the last person who knew what line they were in. "Okay, I'm staying here!"

Oh and it made it really hard to take pictures when every time the Komets got close to scoring a goal the people in front of me would jump to their feet. And since they were all a lot taller than me, I couldn't even see what was happening. I've been guilty of standing up to take a few quick pictures, but never anything like that. Sheesh.

Charlie in Rochester Hills, MI

Congrats to the Komets and Icehawks. I saw games 2 and 4 in Port Huron and really thought the Ice Hawks were going to win the Cup. I have to disagree with kometsfan when he says "hockey will never survive in Port Huron, I talked to a customer from Port Huron today who will be buying season tickets for the first time ever. He says the new owners do good marketing and they put a good team on the ice. I remember him not showing much interest in the Beacons, Border Cats, or Flags. As a Komets fan since 1974, this was the first time I was able to watch them hoist the cup. I had to turn of the B2 volume as Chaser is the way to go. Gotta love the way Robbie Irons was concerned about Chaser being on the ice and hoisting the cup. A great night of hockey last night with the Red Wings and Komets. I still wish they would join that other league, you know, that development league -:) Anyway, Fort Wayne hockey fans are the best around, congrats and Go Red Wings!

Charlie in Rochester Hills, MI

Congrats to the Komets and Icehawks. I saw games 2 and 4 in Port Huron and really thought the Ice Hawks were going to win the Cup. I have to disagree with kometsfan when he says "hockey will never survive in Port Huron, I talked to a customer from Port Huron today who will be buying season tickets for the first time ever. He says the new owners do good marketing and they put a good team on the ice. I remember him not showing much interest in the Beacons, Border Cats, or Flags. As a Komets fan since 1974, this was the first time I was able to watch them hoist the cup. I had to turn of the B2 volume as Chaser is the way to go. Gotta love the way Robbie Irons was concerned about Chaser being on the ice and hoisting the cup. A great night of hockey last night with the Red Wings and Komets. I still wish they would join that other league, you know, that development league -:) Anyway, Fort Wayne hockey fans are the best around, congrats and Go Red Wings!

Pat

Geez TigerDan, after all the crap you have been spewing all series long on a KOMET blog, you are going to whine about a post like that?? You got to be kidding me.....

Charlie in Rochester Hills, MI

Congrats to the Komets and Icehawks. I saw games 2 and 4 in Port Huron and really thought the Ice Hawks were going to win the Cup. I have to disagree with kometsfan when he says "hockey will never survive in Port Huron, I talked to a customer from Port Huron today who will be buying season tickets for the first time ever. He says the new owners do good marketing and they put a good team on the ice. I remember him not showing much interest in the Beacons, Border Cats, or Flags. As a Komets fan since 1974, this was the first time I was able to watch them hoist the cup. I had to turn of the B2 volume as Chaser is the way to go. Gotta love the way Robbie Irons was concerned about Chaser being on the ice and hoisting the cup. A great night of hockey last night with the Red Wings and Komets. I still wish they would join that other league, you know, that development league -:) Anyway, Fort Wayne hockey fans are the best around, congrats and Go Red Wings!

Pat

You better go back to running your trailer park TigerDan.

Charlie in Rochester Hills

Congrats to the Komets and Icehawks. I saw games 2 and 4 in Port Huron and really thought the Ice Hawks were going to win the Cup. I have to disagree with kometsfan when he says "hockey will never survive in Port Huron, I talked to a customer from Port Huron today who will be buying season tickets for the first time ever. He says the new owners do good marketing and they put a good team on the ice. I remember him not showing much interest in the Beacons, Border Cats, or Flags. As a Komets fan since 1974, this was the first time I was able to watch them hoist the cup. I had to turn of the B2 volume as Chaser is the way to go. Gotta love the way Robbie Irons was concerned about Chaser being on the ice and hoisting the cup. A great night of hockey last night with the Red Wings and Komets. I still wish they would join that other league, you know, that development league -:) Anyway, Fort Wayne hockey fans are the best around, congrats and Go Red Wings!

mightbite

K's=CHAMPIONS/ give a thumbs-up to p.h./searle=bad ref.=call ALL STICK SWINGING/tigerdan=root for redwings now.

mightbite

K's=CHAMPIONS/Mightbite=not too bright/GO K's winit again.

Jake

If anyone plans on making a copy of the game I would love and pay for a copy. email me at mjr131@verizon.net

Stayed at the MC until 1:45 got home at 2:45 and had to be up for work at 5. Long night and morning but deffinetly worh it. Way to go KOMETS

JUSTIN HODGMAN FOR PRESIDEN
VOTE NOW!!!!!!!

Jake

If anyone can make a copy of game 7 I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at mjr131@verizon.net

By the way to runner up kittydan if you would've been at the game you might have seen an icehawks player take out the KOMETS which sent him sliding into the post. QUIT BLAMMING THE REF since it was the icehawks taking all the cheap shots.

1.Henley was speared twice in the ribs (same thing happened to Bert)and almost didn't make it back.

2.A cheap elbow to the temple of MVP HODGMAN (yeah HODGMAN not sterling) and

3.They take a cheap shot to the back of Warner's knee

KEEP CRYING UNTIL NEXT tigerdan

Ashley

Talk about sour grapes over on the K-Wings board. Some dude said that "the Komets didn't win, the Hawks just blew it."

Heather

Hey shaw what was the deal with the PH players and the water incident?

Justin Cohn

Bad math. They had less than 4,000 fans, about a quarter of which were from Fort Wayne, at Game 6. More than 10,400 at last night's game in Fort wayne with very few Port Huron fans.

Ashley

Wow, talk about sour grapes.

Someone on the K-Wings message board said that "the Komets didn't win, the Hawks just blew it."

mightbite

K's=CHAMPIONS/mightbite=not too bright/searle=stink

FiveMinuteMajor

I'm a little late chiming in here, but wow, what a night! I really hate to see this season end, this has been the most fun watching the K's that I've had for a while. Thank you K's for a great season! Seeing Legault out on the ice in uniform with the guys was great. I also liked how Warner grabbed the Cup and skated over to where his family was sitting. Only problem was he was too far away for me to get a decent picture!
So, how many of us called in sick to work today? I wanted to but I didn't have that option. I'm the only one who knows how to open the place up... Got home at 2-ish, seriously considered just staying up but then figured 2 hours of sleep was better than none. I did leave early though...
Now I have to figure out what to do with myself until October!

TigerDan

If JW read my comment, he certainly read all of the others attached to that article. I would urge others to read ALL of the comments before responding to this cut & paste.
PS, I think we've found 'fortwaynekomets' on the Times Herald forums.

Jodi

Thanks Komets for an awesome season!
I can't think of a better way to spend my first wedding anniversary than supporting the Komets on their Turner Cup win. Thanks for such a great memory.

scoops

The comment(s) were so off the wall rediculous I do not know why you bothered to acknowledge it in the first place. Whomever it was, it was probably for a reaction, which was granted.
Little disappointed in your post in return. I thought you were bigger than that.

cat eyes

sorry so late responding, but i called in sick to work today, and called my 7 year old son in sick to school...do i get the hockey mom of the year award??? it's sad...but the turner cup was sooo worth it. my husband was a little less than understanding, but hey, if you weren't there, you can't possibly understand it. my father in law got it...and he does not even live here in the fort!! i too, am wondering how i am possibly gonna function now until when, october? i hate summer!!!

TigerDan

scoops, you'll note the apology I made to people from Indiana, then. You'll also note I said it is people like 'fortwaynekomets' that give people in your part of the country a bad name. I know that we have our share as well.

Anyway, congrats again Komets. See you next season.

Mark

Its been a little less than 24 hours since our big Turner Cup win.

Some reflections on the day.

It was my 1st wedding anniversary, yes, Jodi who posted above is my wife. At work, I could feel the buzz in the air in Fort Wayne, as we were very busy all day long. Just the anticipation of it all. Then we pull into the parking lot, and there are people everywhere, I looked over at Jodi and said, Just take it all again, we may never see it again. Game 7, everything that a magical appeal to it. The electricity in the air was awesome. The game itself was awesome. Hodgy scores the first goal and the place just explodes, not one person sitting down. Then Dupuis scores, the place explodes again. All the chants, the standing ovations, the big hits, and the not so big hits. Then PH scores, Zehr on the doorstep, then Lardner scores with 52 seconds left, the crowd was never out of it. We cheered our guys on to victory. Win or lose last night was magical. Then in the 3ot Dupuis shot gets deflected, Hodgman snatches it out of mid air and puts it on the ice and buries, the Place explodes. I just can't explain it. Turner Cup champions. What a great night for the IHL, the Komets and congrats to the Port Huron Icehawks on an awesome series. What a great, great, great wedding anniversary.

Thanks IHL, THanks Komets.

Hit Somebody!!!

Tiger Dan...I appreciate you coming on and congratulating our team and fans. Big of you. It has been fun having back and forth rants. Enjoy your summer and your Red Wings.

I seriously doubt that was a Fort Wayne fan that typed that entry. If you read into it a little, it sounds like a Port Huron fan that has experienced going to games there often. How would a Fort Wayne fan remember Port Huron winning a cup and so on? I just don't see it being a K's fan. Sorry. Anyway...move on, it is over, and we all know how stupid it was.

Mark

sorry, I'm still very tired so there are some typos in there...

Hit Somebody!!!

Tiger Dan? I replied maybe a little too early...nice comeback post showing your true hatred of our city and your elitest nature. I can't understand why you feel the need to downgrade us to make yourself feel superior? Oh well. What a series, what a season. I am glad it was the Icehawks who played us. They played hard and gave us the best series and best 7th game I have ever witnessed. It was truly electric inside our "crap arena" in our "crap hockey city."

Try to find another Minor League hockey city that supports their team like the Komet's do. 10,500 at game 7. Who cares about population numbers?

For your comment about being able to jump in your car and drive to Detroit to see the Wings. Great for you. I don't dispute that you live closer to Detroit then we do. But you would be surprised to know that about 90% of hockey fans in FW love your Wings too. We live closer to Indy than you do Tiger. We know what a real football team looks like with a real Quarterback and a real organization.

Thanks for the numerous insults and personal attacks.

I hope you have a nice summer and come back to the blog next year to actually talk hockey and not measure the length of your pee with everyone. You might actually enjoy yourself a little more. The funny thing is, you had alot of my fellow bloggers fooled and they were falling onto your side in the last part of the series and supporting you. I think you might of allienated all of those folks now.

Fort Wayne is an awesome city for me. I love it here. I am proud to live here. And I am proud of the Fort Wayne Komets! No one can tell me different.

JW

your very wrong tigerdan i would never write something that tasteless on your blog...i respected the icehawks and you until i read that...i posted many times defending you tiger go back and look...i just wanted everyone to see where your true colors lie...you were talking about fort wayne and the fans, you didnt single out any certain ones you just said that pretty generally.

so guess again cause i dont feel the way that idiot did that posted on your board.

JW

i just expected more out of you tigerdan you seemed to be genuine but you said what you said and i copy and pasted word for word so you cant deny it...you called us hicks, morons, and you called the komets cheaters.

Heather

Why are we even bothering with this...its a lost cause and in case nobody noticed the Komets won and we should be celebrating that not wasting time arguing with him. Concentrate on the task at hand and that is helping the guys celebrate some more tomorrow night. Lets Rock the Expo center. Go Komets!!!!!

Jake

If somebody is going to make copies of game 7 when it is re-aired I will gladly pay for a copy please email me at mjr131@verizon.net
It was my first year having season tickets and was deffinetly one of the best investments I've ever made. Hope to see alot of people Wednesday.
WAY TO GO KOMETS!!!!!!!!!

JUSTIN HODMAN FOR PRESIDENT

Jake


JUSTIN HODGMAN

my bad can't spell

Jerad Shaw.

Hey shaw what was the deal with the PH players and the water incident?

Posted by: Heather | May 13, 2008 at 06:22 PM


I believe it was after the first overtime, or at the end of regulation, but a fan was getting on Snowball. ( Guy behind the bench with the Mohawk and is the IceHawks toughguy) He made a comment to the guy asking him why he wasn't out there playing. I then told him probably the same reason you aren't. He didn't say anything to me so I figured he didn't know I was there so it was all good. In the hallway, I went to use the facilities and he was walking from the former smoking area and I asked him if they were going to dress him tonight in a smart mannor. He laughed and then walked into the lockerroom, stopped and turned around and told me to call him. I let him know that I was into hockey players that got ice time, and his hair didn't do anything for me. All in good fun, nothing nasty. Well as the 2nd overtime was about to start, I was getting on Zehr down in the tunnel. Icy Hot, Old Bones, Conley Barbershop etc. He said something to Marty Magers on his way on the ice, and Magers grabbed a water bottle and squirted water all over my feet and legs. I thought that it was kinda funny. I was the only one that was hit with the water, so no harm no foul. It's what I get for jawing. Then Snowball came out of the lockerrom with a full cup of water and just soaked me. I still wouldn't have had a problem with it, but he also got the 2 kids in front of me along with their parents wet. That is what upset me. Later in the game, I was jawing with the bench and an usher informed me I couldn't inncite the other team. That's fine, I follow rules and if that is a rule, that is fine. Well, people let them know what happened with the water and he summund a sheriff deputy who was going to try and have Snowball removed! All and all, Snowball was a pretty funny guy. So was Drulia. Surprise of the night is Margettie. He is a class act off the ice. I found it hard to jaw with him. Zehr is just plan weird. Looks and personality both. Guy is just odd.

Jungle Monkey

Shaw hearts Hawks..

Conley

Jerad. That would have been a fun exchange of words to witness. Btw would that have been considered a Snowball fight? Hehe. Jerad gets soaked by the backup goalie and I get my chairy popped all in the same season. Can't wait till the next one. I won't be able to make it tonight but to all who are going. Enjoy yourselves and the 2008 Turner Kup champions!

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