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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December 12, 2007

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Hoss

I don't need Henley to fight everyone in the IHL, I don't need Henley to score 60 goals this season, I don't need Henley to be the next "Great One!" I need Henley to be the player he was last year when he put fear in the other team and everyone looked to see where he was on the ice. Just that little bit of fear of, "Oh crap he's big and he's coming this way!" is enough to make a player caugh-up the puck and have it go the other way. This is what Henley brings, his size and his hits, not his points and his fights!


PS Bert is a fireman, not a police man...lol

Brandon

Hoss,
You do realize that Justin was talking about policeing the ice...right?

Hoss

No, I was waiting for Websters/BeatenHorse/Scoops/KW or any other made up person to tell me...lol

Brandon

My mistake...carry on :)

Jungle Monkey

"I'm a bit amused by the suggestion that he is the toughest player in the International Hockey League, given that he's never played a game in it." -Justin Cohn

C'mon Justin. It's the same steaming pile as the UHL with a different name. Who's going to beat Henley up? Let's look at each teams toughguy.

Muskegon-Segal... No match for Henley.

Flint-Mallette?... He'll put up a decent fight in the beginning.

Port Huron-Snowball... Henley's disposed of him before.

Bloomington-Ewasko... LOL...

Kalamazoo-Richlitcz... Kid may give Henley a run for his money, but its doubtful.


AS OF TODAY, Henley has as many goals this season as Pence, Bertram, and Hansen. His plus/minus is better than Colin Chaulk, and he's 4 goals away from being tied for 5th on the team in goals scored. Stats can be skewed to fit their purpose... Henley's impact on the ice can't be soley measured by goals scored.

mightbite

I agree. Does anyone know about morrinson of muskegon? Also HENLEY beat everyone last year!!!

Jungle Monkey

Morrison was getting his face beat in down in the SPHL according to their fans. He's got more size than Segal. Morrison did the number on Clay Lewis in the pre-season when he was on Kalamazoo's roster. I don't know if thats saying much....

scoops

The only person that gave Henley a good battle last season that I can recall was Steve MacIntyre from Quad City.

lovelost

I heard and have seen videos of Morrison doing very well in fights. Morrison did own Lewis but if you look at Lewis he is a big fighter but has stepped it up since he has left here. Morrison also fought Bertram in preseason but it was a hugging match. People say they like him but he hugs way to much. I think Rechlicz could beat Henley. Really any of those guys mentioned could beat Henley. It all depends on how the fight goes really. Snowball would be a good one though. There is alot of anger between those two and we all know Snowball will be going for him tomorow and I hate to say it but Henley is going to have to watch out with that injury and make sure that if he is going to get very physical quick that he could hurt himself again.

Hit Somebody!!!

Henley is the character guy...the on ice hero...the blue collar guy...The bad-arse...He is the guy that provides the fans some excitement and anticipation every night he goes onto the ice. Everyone knows when he is out there, and everyone is buzzing waiting to see what might happen. That is why the Komet marketing machine is advertising him about every 10 minutes on the radio for this weekend. He fills seats.

And he can play his position. He was one of our best D-men on the penalty kill last season.

If the worry is he is hurt still...Then why would he risk it and why would the Frankes risk it? That makes no sense to me.

Hit Somebody!!!

He might just be enough to take other teams out of their game-plans and off their game worrying about his antics rather than playing hockey. He can change the game in that respect.

No one really thinks he will score goals at will or lead the team in assists. He will agitate and beat-down the villains as needed.

Or he will become Kevin Kotyluk or Mario Larocque after one goal and stop the physical stuff and become a "wanna be" goal scorer? I doubt that one...LOL

FiveMinuteMajor

I'm not expecting Henley to be the second coming of William Wallace (as someone else here so eloquently put it) or anything like that. I'm just looking forward to watching the opponents spend the whole game watching over their shoulders and and running away from him all night! He's fun to watch, he can play his position unlike some other "tough guys" in this league, and he seems like a nice guy. That being said, can you imagine how nuts The Jungle will go if/when Henley scores a goal?

scoops

Henley is not an "antic" guy Hit. We may all have our eyes fixed on him on the ice because he is fun to watch play. But he's also so big, we can't help it. We have to look around him to see anything. Seriously, he plays the game straight up and if something would need to be handled then it gets handled straight up. He is not some Big Snake or Brad Wingfield nut job, at least from the 43 or whatever games he's been here.

I do question the notion he gets everyone nervous or takes everyone off their game. On every roster there are guys who fight and guys who don't. The guys who don't could care less about where he is or what he is doing. The only guys who may be thinking about him, will think twice before doing something stupid, or will take that extra look over their shoulder will be the guys who are looked upon to answer the bell. As Hoss said above, he could create a turnover because he bearing down on them. To be honest, you can create a turnover on anyone in this league if everyone on the team is taking the body when they should/can.

Jungle Monkey

Not an antic guy? He did get tossed out of the ECHL for hitting a guy with a helmet.. LOL..

Lindsay

u kno...i think alot of people are just ready to have some one fun around...like pascal last year...we have really great players out there now..but no really "fan favorite" yet. kno what i mean? :]

Hit Somebody!!!

Think about Mitch Woods' first game at the MC. He took Port Huron off their game because they decided to chase Woods around and take stupid penalties and forgot about playing hockey. So you really think that when Brent roughs someone up in the corner, in front of the net, or checks someone thru the boards, that the other team might not be taken off their game a bit?

Have your opinion I guess. Nothing wrong with that.

Hit Somebody!!!

I wasn't saying he is an "antic guy". Lack of a better word, his act, his role, his job, etc. He is on the ice to do what? Score? Not really. He is out there to add physical play, toughness, scare the shat out of the other team, mix it up, enforce the law, lay down the beatings, play his position, entertain the crowd, etc. Willis is an "antic guy"...Henley is the guy that skates over to him and knocks his head off when enough is enough.

Hit Somebody!!!

And if a guy like hmmmmmm, Nick Bootland gets checked into the boards, and turns around and slashes Brent leads us to a powerplay...is that not taking K-zoo off their game? Or is that apart of what their gameplan is?

Henley67250

Rob Guinn scores for Bloomington 3:28 into the first period vs. K-Zoo.

Hit Somebody!!!

Good for him. Maybe he will be MVP this year.

scoops

*Sigh* And just I thought you would come around to be a "I get it" guy.

Checking someone into the boards is a chapter in the book Hockey 101. Its not something invented by Brent Henley, Brent Henley is not the best at it, or Brent Henley is not the only one who does it. If anyone (underlined) on this team would consistantly take the opposition into the boards, it would probably take the opposing team off their game, create turnovers, gain PP's, scoring chances, ect. Receiving hits all game is not something most players go into the game enjoying.

And no JM, he is still not an antic guy. I've seen the clip and it was not intentional. If you once received a speeding ticket, does that make you a criminal?

Hit Somebody!!!

I am an "I get it" guy. *Sigh*

Scoops is right...Everyone else...well you know.

And I agree with Justin, Henley is not the toughest guy in the IHL. That title belongs to the toughest guy in Minor League hockey (self-proclaimed), you know him, he plays for the IHL Paper Champions of 2007. He is a cousin of one of our very own bloggers.

Hit Somebody!!!

Scoops is right...checking players into the boards cannot take the other team off their game, so Brent Henley cannot take the other team off their game. Nor did Mitch Woods because he did not invent the body-check that is highlighted in Scoop's hockey 101 book that he wrote.

Remember....Scoops is right!!!

Hoss

Well I'm glad someone finally said it!!!

I was tired of him saying it all the time about himself...lol

ABEATENHORSE

hey buckos! king kong henley will be the mvp of this team just cuz he fights everyone

Hit Somebody!!!

I am beginning to wonder who the ABeatenhorse really is? That was a famous phrase or line from the same blogger that is a cousin of the self-proclaimed toughest player in minor league hockey that plays for the 2007 IHL Paper Champs...HMMMM

I am not an "I Get It" guy, someone else might have to put this one together. Any thoughts Jungle Monkey....Hoss....Chuckitt?

Jungle Monkey

I was kidding about the helmet incident. Thanks for setting me strait, Scoops.

While Brent didn't invent the body check, he WILL do it on a regular basis which is more than we can say for a lot of this years team.

Just out of curiousity Scoops... Whos is your favorite player this year, and who is your all-time favorite Komet. I still think BeatenHorse is Dumbkiwitz.

Hit Somebody!!!

This ought to be fun!!! LOL

Dumbkiwitz is Komet Warrior...MAN!!!

ABEATENHORSE

wise man once said " your hands are connected to your arms, your arms are connected to your shoulders, your shoulders are connected to your body, your body is connected to your head, your head is connected to... nothing... and that explains a lot."

Hit Somebody!!!

Once again...Scoops is right!!!

JW

A reference to Kotyluk Hitsomebody???? is that even allowed ?

actually your head is connected to your neck abeatenhorse... maybe not for someone like you whose head just seems to float there and light up like a bulb everytime you hear henleys name.

Jerad Shaw

Scoops is in the zone!!! Couldn't agree more with you. Now get me one of those mini bean bags,and make me happy.

Jerad Shaw

I said that as a joke kinda ( GF wants some Ice Cream), but I have loved your comments recently. Good work!!!

scoops

It really doesn't matter what I say. You process the information with a preconceived opinion when you see who posted it. It doesn't matter if I agreed, disagreed, or just looked at things from a different prospective. Your response will be against my own which is prefectly fine. It adds to the discussion. But all the predictable, futile attempts to try to get under my skin are a waste of everyone's time here.

I stand by my opinion that Henley's asset to this team would be the hope that his addition boosts our level of physical play as a team more than deminishing the opposition's play because they are scared of his mere existance.
Look at it this way. Who would notice (or care) that Derek Boogaard is dressed for a game, Sidney Crosby or Georges Laraque?

ABEATENHORSE

jw to you a wise man once said "A word to the wise aint necessary its the stupid ones that need the advice"

mightbite

GEORGE LARAQUE

Turner

Henley's actually starting at guard for the Mad Ants tonight, Cohny. You going?

Jerad Shaw

Henley and Earl Calloway. That's a NASTY backcourt!!!

Scoops, how that wasn't intended for me. I was actually agreeing with you.

jkmess11

Toughness, eh!!!!!!

WHo do you guys think is the toughest player to ever play in the IHL?

Teresa

Jerad, will you be in section 215 for Saturday's game against Muskegon?

booner

You guys really crack me up sometimes. and turner, henley will be the mvp of the mad ants also this year...ha anyways. like most, i enjoy henley's presents out on the ice. but im not going to get to worked up about it. It will be what it is. all in all, still no complaints. Just cant wait to see some hockey in the jungle again!! also, i cant wait to see what the lines will be. very interesting. Keep up the good work cohn! Thanks for puting up with some of these "blogs" GO KOMETS.

Justin Cohn

Teresa, will you send me an email when you get a chance. I'll explain ... jcohn@jg.net

Jerad Shaw

Unfortuantly no. I will be down a lil bit in 211 I believe. If those seats are empty, I might swing down for a period or 2.

Henley67250

Kukulka placed on waivers. Brent will play tomorrow in Port Urine.

mightbite

The toughest in IHL all-time was Tony Twist & toughest Komet was Shawn Cronin !!!!

scoops

Its is Georges Laraque, a french thing.

Hey Jerad, try to let me know where you might be Saturday.

scoops

It is Georges Laraque, a french thing.

Hey Jerad, try to let me know where you might be Saturday.

Jerad Shaw

I will be in 211 Row 3 on Saturday. I won't be with the girlfriend, so I'll probably be out in the hallway during intermission. I might be up in the lounge before the game. Not quite sure yet!

Tom

Or you might be asking Bouchards wife out again...since he always plays the powerplay every shift and we were short handed 11 times last week to Muskegon she won't get to see her husband much...guess that frees her up to talk about the Lions or something. Have a great weekend.

Jerad Shaw

I think Van Druen might be the verbal punching bag tomorrow night. As a team captain, he hasn't notched a point this season. Also, on my last study session, he was still third in the league in minors. I would say something to Segal, but I am impressed with him going toe to toe with a few heavyweights. He gets much respect for that. Alot like when Ramsey gave me the eye, and I turtled with him being about 15 feet away.

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