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Shawn Szydlowski working on knee, new company

Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski and a couple of his childhood buddies are starting a T-shirt company. Courtesy photo
Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski and a couple of his childhood buddies are starting a T-shirt company. Courtesy photo

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38 goals and 74 points last year in 57 games For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at www.twitter.com/blakesebring and at his blog www.tailingthekomets.com.
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Komets forward and buddies are selling T-shirts

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 12:01 am
As he continues to train his surgically repaired medial collateral ligament, Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski is working on finding another job, this time off the ice.Szydlowski, 24, is joining with buddies Mike Perri and Matt Haffner for form the apparel company Rep Your City. They hope to start shipping T-shirts early next week. The shirts, with city logos designed by Perri, will start out representing Detroit.

"We'd like to expand to other cities and make it a brand instead of just a clothing line," said Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets last week. "We're going to throw some drawings on some shirts and hats and get it started."

The idea for the company actually started many years ago. Szydlowski has known Haffner since the first grade and Perri since middle school, though neither play hockey. Perri is the artist and Haffner the businessman with his Alpha Rods fishing equipment company. That leaves the marketing end to Szydlowski.

"Once Matt told me he was going to help Mike start the business, I told them I'd be interested," Szydlowski said. "It's definitely a risk, but with the way everyone shops online now it really doesn't cost a ton of money, and it's not like you have to look for a store or anything like that.

"Mike is very talented, and he's actually drawn a couple of the tattoos I have. I'm a huge fan of Mike's designs, and I'm sure a lot of other people will be, too. The first design we're going to release, he made four years ago and put on a T-shirt which he handed out to friends and family."

Initially, the company will offer five designs, but they want to expand to other cities featuring landmarks for designs.

"If we expanded to other cities, it would be easy to make something Fort Wayne-themed," Szydlowski said. "There are so many landmarks and things that are synonymous with these cities, people will want to wear them to show their city off. That's what we're going for."

As for his knee injury, Szydlowski said the doctors have said his recovery is ahead of schedule. He's been jogging and expects to return to skating this week. He's had no pain or setbacks so far. He's hoping to be at full strength heading into training camp, and right now he's hoping that's an American Hockey League training camp. After scoring 38 goals and 74 points last year in 57 games with Fort Wayne, Szydlowski wants another strong shot to move up.

"I think that's everyone's aspirations," he said. "That's what is in my mind, but I told everyone, even (Komets general manager) David Franke, if I didn't end up getting one of those contracts, Fort Wayne is where I want to play next year."

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38 goals and 74 points last year in 57 games For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at www.twitter.com/blakesebring and at his blog www.tailingthekomets.com.

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