As Justin Hodgman signed all sorts of autographs at the Komets' annual end-of-season party, he divulged he's already received interest from an NHL team: The New Jersey Devils, who would like to see him at a pre-draft combine.
I'm sure he'll get a few more calls before all is said and done.
About 1,200 fans showed up for the annual party and several Ice Chips readers relinquished the cloak of anonymity their screen names provide, so thank you for that.
Hodgman was still glowing from his triple-overtime Turner Cup-clinching goal.
"The celebration in the dressing room was something, but I can't let you in on most of the antics," he said. "But it was amazing. You see that stuff on TV and to be a part of it in person, it was unbelievable."
Asked what players would be back next season, general manager David Franke said: "Colin Chaulk is is under contract and that's all I can tell you about right now."
So, he's intimating others have already agreed.
I've heard Cup-winning goalie Nick Boucher is interested in coming back and, no, that doesn't mean Kevin Reiter couldn't come back, too. Guy Dupuis, David Hukalo and P.C. Drouin are, in my opinion, likely to return. And Olivier Legault, Mitch Woods and Brandon Warner are also strong possibilities, I think.
This doesn't mean these guys are for sure and it doesn't mean some of your other favorites won't be back. We've seen too much happen in recent summers to get caught up in predicting rosters.
Hope you had fun at the party and that you didn't drain your bank account in merchandise.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette