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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July 15, 2008

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Homco

Brad MacMillan seems to have a good fight record. There are a few in there against the Komets. http://www.hockeyfights.com/players/2775/fightcard/reg2006


AS excited as I am to hear of these signings there are afew I am anxiously awaiting - (Legs, Henley, Reiter) I hope they come true!

Karla Stranger

Im lookin for Saidachev, Woodsy and Hodgy. Hoping for Reiter and Henley too.Not sure who legs is.....LOL.

Homco

Oh gosh, Woods, totally biffed that one, he is on my wish list too. Legs = Legault

Karla Stranger

As far as Henley goes...Im not sure. With all his injuries he has had in my opinion it time to hang the skates and enter coaching in some capasity. Love him to death, but there becomes a time to say enough is enough and go forward.

Wendy

Great to have Dupuis and Boucher back. And Dupuis said it all right there -- "Don't break a good thing." I wish that were so.

Any word on how things wound up with Hodgman and the Wild camp? I hope things go well for him.

mightbite

I already like MacMillan.

Cat Eyes

You KNOW I already like the guy too, Mightbite...hmmm...too early to consider a jersey, do ya think? LOL!! "The Goalie" watched the video and said "awww, yeah..."...only after being SURE for sure the dude was playing for the Komets this season! Well, if I can't have My Man Mitch, I'll make do with a Mac Attack!!!

Wendy

Whoa... I just had an epiphany. It wasn't until just now that I realized the reason I liked Woods WASN'T because he was a fighter. Thanks for that, mightbite and Cat. I need to sit down now! :D

Ryne Gurney

Ha ha, i saw that too TJ, I'm a fan already

mightbite

I would like 5+ more fighters=FIGHT-FIGHT-FIGHT!!!1

sigh

ignorance continues to be bliss for some.

lovelost

Macmillan has also had a soldier problem the past year, so who knows how much he will fight. he didn't much last year.

mightbite

Sticks & stones may break my bones=would not be the first time/but words will not hurt me.I would like to have as K's=Morencey-BigSnake-Sgori-Mirasty-Chaz Johnson-HENLEY=FIGHT-FIGHT-FIGHT!!!!!1

Cat Eyes

Mightbite...it's ok...I've been called names on here too...just keep on being yourself!! I like the fights too, nothing wrong with that. I like the game more, but I like when they fight too. Can't help it, I'm an Irish girl!! :)

Cat Eyes

Lovelost...what's a "soldier problem"?

FiveMinuteMajor

I think lovelost meant a shoulder problem? If he's having a problem with his soldiers that's a little TMI... :P

Cat Eyes

FiveMinuteMajor...thanks!! And ya crack me up!! I was hoping it was not a, um, personal problem, because what would that have to do with hockey? :) LOL!!

Shutterbug

According to hockeydb.com
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid%5B%5D=81367
MacMillan didn't play the '07-08 season and 5 games in the LNAH the '06-07 season.
I do remember MacMillan's fighting Danny Stewart in '05-06 when he played for Missouri. He landed a nice punch on Stewart's forehead.

mightbite

CatsEyes-do you like UFC fights? If so it's on Sat. night on Spike./I like it when there is one fight after another off the faceoff.

Cat Eyes

You know, it's funny...outside of hockey, I don't like any kind of fights, really, organized or not! For some reason, just the hockey ones grab me. Probably because I like the particular players/teams, maybe? Or just the sight of two guys trying to duke it out in full gear, so protected, was what initially struck me as funny and reeled me in, now I have to watch 'em! Either way, just the hockey ones for Cat!

Karla Stranger

Im with you there cat.I cant stand boxing,wrestling nor the cage UFC fights. BUT....get me to a hockey game or football where there is a chance of a good fight and I am a happy camper.

Cat Eyes

Never have seen a good fight in a football game...just mostly pushing and shoving. Basketball, now that's another story...the Pacers brawl a couple years ago was a shame, but the biggest fight I've ever seen in basketball. Baseball...too many to count!! Been there for so many too...we've road-tripped to lots of stadiums and seen lots of games before I got into hockey. I saw Kerry Woods of the Cubs pitch one of his first ever games and saw him hit one of his first ever home runs for them too at Wrigley...that was a rockin' day!!

Wendy

I've always found the fights amusing more than anything else -- especially the way the fans get into them. It just makes me laugh. Also, as I understand it, it is incredibly difficult to generate a punch with any force when you are wearing ice skates. So unlike boxing and such, the fights actually seem kind of harmless. A player is far more likely to get injured during the game itself, you know?

Except for poor John Ferguson. Last night I was reading about the incident where he accidentally punched someone just as they were bringing their skate up. Ooooooo! Not good... not good...

mightbite

Wendy-if you plant your skates & grab your opponent putting most of weight on your back foot & pull him towards you while throwing a punch & distributing your weight towards your front foot & rolling your shoulder into it you can do some damage.

Cat Eyes

One of the first games I went to with Deuce, we sat really lower, probably 211, maybe 4 rows off the ice or so...I think they played Kalamazoo, it was November '07, and I think there were more fights the first couple periods than there was any hockey!! I had "the goalie" with us, and he was not used to seeing the fights so close-up, and he got a little freaked, and would not watch, back then. I think that night, even Chaulk got into it twice with someone...can't remember for sure. I just remember Kalamazoo's goalie had a really unfortunate last name that had something to do with "cheese" in Spanish, which I took the liberty of translating for our little rowdy bunch, and from then on, our entire section delighted in providing that poor man with new cheese-related nicknames every time he was near us. And he had the unfortunate habit of skating over to our side of the glass at every stoppage in play, much to his detriment!! That took "the goalie"s mind off the fights, and he's been okay with them ever since. That, and the fact that Bert whipped someone's butt right in front of us, I think that helped as well, because the dude just went down quick and with no blood. Less scary that way!

Wendy

mightbite: I just said it was incredibly difficult, not impossible! Legault doesn't knock people out by just looking at them. But generally speaking, what's the worst that can happen? A broken nose? Losing some teeth? And the officials usually break it up the moment the combatants drop, so they can't keep pummeling each other like some "Rocky" sequel on ice. Generally speaking, the things that can happen to you in the game itself are far worse. That's all I'm saying. And that's probably a good thing. Because if someone did die as a result of a fight, the calls to end the fighting in hockey altogether would be VERY loud.

Cat Eyes: Funny you should mention that. I think I remember that game! I was listening on the radio, but I do remember a game in which Bob Chase was covering a fight, and occasionally, hockey would break out! :D It amazed me how quickly he could switch from play-by-play to fight commentator. It was actually quite hilarious.

My dad took me to games when I was little, too. And, I can still recall the first fight I saw. Well, not the fight itself. I just remember my dad leaning over and saying, "There're going to fight," with a little wink. I said, "They are going to WHAT?" And sure enough, they went at one another. It was like ancient Rome. The crowd roared its approval. I was dumbfounded -- mostly by the fact that getting into fights was not only allowed, it was encouraged. But, as is the case with most things in life, after the fact, I was just really amused. I still am.

Wendy

Er... "They're going to fight." :P

Cat Eyes

My little guy is pretty sensitive, so he was so NOT amused at first, but he's toughened up pretty well as he's gotten older...he loves the fights now that he knows, like you pointed out, that it's not like anyone really gets pounded too badly in them, for the most part. And especially when we have to sit in the upper deck, and cannot see them really well, you really cannot see anything fly, so it looks like it's not real.

And I know what you mean...people would so try to put an end to the fighting if someone got hurt, and I know they would mean well, but that's just a part of this sport. Testosterone runs high in this game, and that's gonna happen! Not everyone likes that part, though, and I can respect that...but I like it as long as it is not ridiculous! The one game we were at was getting a little out of control, but there must have been some warnings in both locker rooms, because I think in the third period there were no fights at all. Of course by then, we (the crowd) were all pumped up and wanted more, so we were bummed that everyone had settled down!

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