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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Former Fort Wayne Komet Brian Boulay has passed

Former Komets defenseman Brian Boulay passed away Saturday from an acute asthma attack, according to his obituary. Boulay, 34, was living in Dublin, Ireland and among others leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter Maeve. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=brian-boulay&pid=189296769&fhid=3259 Boulay came to the Komets 10 years ago as a 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman who had played 35 ...

Fort Wayne Komets announce second ECHL protected list

The Fort Wayne Komets announced their official season-ending roster on Friday, and there were no surprises. The Komets had already announced their first protected list on June 1, and there only change to the current list is removing rookie defenseman Kevin McKernan whose rights were traded to South Carolina earlier this week to complete a previous future considerations trade. ECHL teams are allowed to place up ...

North Manchester rallying around miracle baby Finley Terflinger

NORTH MANCHESTER — A couple months ago, Kara Terflinger and her daughters were in the grocery store when a woman walked up to look and coo at 6-month-old baby Finley. At first, the woman was baffled why the baby looked so familiar. "Wait a minute!" she finally exclaimed. "It that Finley? Finley Fierce! I follow her on Facebook!" Lots of people want to believe in miracles, but have they ever actually seen ...

Fort Wayne Komets complete future considerations deal

From a Komets press release: The Komets announced today that they have dealt the rights to defenseman Kevin McKernan to South Carolina. The deal completes the trade for future considerations made with the Stingrays last September for defenseman Mitch Nylen. McKernan, 23, joined the Komets on March 17th after finishing his college career with Quinnipiac this year. The defensemen appeared in nine ...

Step-by-step, Columbia City's Alissa Jagger reached her first goal after being paralyzed

COLUMBIA CITY — Ever seen the Christian poem "Footsteps in the Sand?" It starts with the verse: "As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord." The next two verses talk about the toughest times during the person's life and then they notice only one set ...

Local players named to all-state girls tennis team

Carroll singles player Sydney Jackson and the Chargers' doubles team of juniors Mia Toscos and Lauren VanWyngarden were named first-team all-state by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association on Monday. Bishop Luers junior Caroline Rahrig and Carroll sophomore Katelyn VanWyngarden were picked for the second team. Those receiving honorable mention include Blackhawk Christian senior Danielle Williams, ...

BLAKE SEBRING: Who are Fort Wayne's Favorite Athletes?

Things social media is bad for: stirring political controversy, reinforcing urban myths and picking on celebrities and athletes who did absolutely nothing to you personally. Things social media is good for: reminding you to wish friends happy birthday, kids' first and last day of school pictures and sometimes asking for prayers and support from friends during tough times. It's also fantastic at sparking ...

Who is Fort Wayne's Favorite football player?

Who is Fort Wayne's favorite football player? You get to decide by voting for one of these 10 candidates. We'll announce the results next Monday. Who is Fort Wayne's favorite football player? RELATED: BLAKE SEBRING: Who are Fort Wayne's Favorite Athletes? SEE EVERY STORY IN THE "FORT WAYNE FAVORITE" SUMMER SERIES Johnny Bright Johnny Bright could do almost anything with a football, starting at Central ...

Fort Wayne Mad Ants' Trey McKinney Jones, Snider's Reggie Hearn attend World Cup qualifying training camp

USA Basketball announced today the roster, including Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Trey McKinney Jones and Fort Wayne product Reggie Hearn, for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp that will get underway on June 20 in Houston. The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s third window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying games, which sees the U.S. face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and ...

Q&A with incoming ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin

Part of the ECHL's mission is to promote the next generation of hockey, and that includes off the ice as well as on. Though he's turning 34 years old this summer, Ryan Crelin has been involved in the business side of the ECHL for 12 years, and sometime this summer he'll become the league's commissioner. Crelin will succeed Brian McKenna who announced in February he is stepping down after 16 seasons. Crelin has ...

Fort Wayne Komets players looking for new opportunities in Europe

The season has barely finished and it feels like almost daily the Fort Wayne Komets have been losing key players off their roster. Phelix Martineau signed with Laval of the American Hockey League even before the playoffs finished, and Gabriel Desjardins (Sweden), Mason Baptista (Germany) and Garrett Thompson (Norway) have announced they'll play in Europe next season. Other players are talking with overseas ...

Fort Wayne Komets features of the year

In no particular order, and I had that only vote that counted since I had to put this together. Just thought it'd be fun to take a look back and help us all ease down from postseason hangovers. Plus, it was a great excuse to run this picture of Makayla again, and you can't beat that! Lifelong friends Gary Graham, Brian Gratz looking forward to weekend reunion Komets rallying around athletic trainer's ...

Garrett Thompson is leaving for Norway

Komets forward Garrett Thompson has signed to play with Frisk Asker in Norway next season. He played the last three seasons with the Komets, scoring 29 goals and 71 in 67 regular-season games this year and scoring seven goals and 16 points in 18 playoff games. He finished fifth in the ECHL scoring race this season. He's the fourth member of the 2017-18 Komets so far to sign elsewhere along with Phelix ...

Women's sports trailblazer Mary "Wimp" Baumgartner has passed

One of Fort Wayne's female sports pioneers passed away Saturday in Kendallville, Mary "Wimp" Baumgartner, 87, was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Fort Wayne and graduated from Central High School. Instead of her given name, everyone called her Wimp or they were in trouble. After growing up as a fan of the Zollner Pistons fastpitch softball team, Baumgartner played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League ...

Fort Wayne Komets announced first protected list

Other key ECHL summer dates listed below. From a Komets press release: The Komets announced their protected list of players Friday as submitted to the ECHL following the 2017-18 season. The list of 19 players includes 11 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders. Forwards include Taylor Crunk, Mason Baptista, Gabriel Desjardins, Marco Roy, Jamie Schaafsma, Shawn Szydlowski, Justin MacDonald, Anthony ...

Don't freak out Fort Wayne Komets fans

The Komets released their initial 19-man protected roster for the summer and there were a few names missing. Along with Tuscon-contracted players Michael Houser, Artur Tyanulin, Trevor Cheek and Ryan Culkin, the Komets also left off Daniel Maggio and Dennis Kravchenko off the list. They have asked not to be included on the protected list, and as a courtesy, the Komets have agreed. They did similar things with ...

ECHL selects new commissioner

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Board of Governors has unanimously approved the appointment of Ryan Crelin to succeed Brian McKenna as Commissioner of the League. The transition will occur during the off-season and Crelin will assume the duties as the Commissioner and Treasurer prior to the 2018-19 Season. Crelin has been with the ECHL since 2005, and has held a variety of roles, most ...

Komets are pulling for Vegas and Gerard Gallant in Stanley Cup Finals

When the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight with the Vegas Golden Knights taking on the Washington Capitals, there will be a lot of Fort Wayne fans paying attention. The Golden Knights have captured the attention of all hockey fans by reaching the championship round in their initial season as an expansion team. As for the local tie, their coach, Gerard Gallant, started his coaching career in Fort Wayne as a ...

BLAKE SEBRING: Learning to talk the plank

It's a good thing Frances Brooks is happily married because she can pretty much talk me into anything. About a month ago, the Community Engagement Manager for Lasting Change (and former co-worker) asked me to come up with something to help with Crosswinds' Planking Challenge fundraiser. Foolish me, I thought she meant a story. She actually wanted a participant. In my defense, I was exhausted from the Komets' ...

Komets raise nearly $25,000 for charity

From a Komets press release: The Komets held their annual End-of-Season Party and Charity Jersey Auction Friday night at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. The highest bid of the night was $2,500 for ECHL MVP Shawn Szydlowski's #27 sweater. It was the second time Szydlowski's jersey snagged the highest bid at a Komets end of season auction. The forward's jersey #19 pulled in the highest bid of $2,100 for ...