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This week . . . it's time to meet the dynamic duo . . . the Komet box office masterminds ... the folks who provide the guidance and major manpower contributions to having the ticket office run smoothly all the time. They are . . . Mrs. Zimmerman ... or "Flossie" to the majority of our "regulars." ... and "Lee" ... Mr. Leroy Girardot, the box office manager. Mrs. Zimmerman is the team secretary and general "girl Friday." She is normally the voice you hear when calling the K's at 483-1111 for ticket reservations or other information during daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours on other than game dates. Mrs. "Z" has been employed by the club for the past eleven years. Hockey has been a way of life with the Zimmerman family from the late 50's to this time. Three Zimmerman boys, John, Dick and Bob have all played hockey in the Fort Wayne minor program, and have also played traveling team hockey at all levels of the sport.

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Scheduling in this league has always been an interesting area for comparison. True, every club plays 78 games, 39 at home and 39 on the road, but frequency of home and road games at any given time reflect on the league standings rather dramatically at any given time. For instance, between January 5th and the All Star break on January 18th . . . this is the way all clubs will play their schedules. When the All Star break arrives, let's see where each club sits in the standings.

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Komet Profile: Gregg Pilling

Gregg Pilling, coach of the Fort Wayne Komets. A truly different and remarkable man, who is completely dedicated to the game of hockey. Gregg was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, September 25th, 1943. He played his junior hockey in his home town of Lethbridge, and later for the Edmonton Junior Oil Kings. In a professional career that spanned 10 years he played for Memphis Wings of the Central Pro League, the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League, the Omaha Knights of the Central Pro League, two seasons in the Eastern Hockey League, two seasons in the Southern Hockey League, and three years with the North American Hockey League. The past five years he has been doubled as both player, coach and manager. In 1971 he also coached in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Folks throughout the league are now buzzing about the IHL All-Star team for this mid-season break. The team was chosen by the players and coach of each club, so there shouldn't be any beefs about who is playing. This time it's the media people who are screaming. After checking the selections, Fort Wayne News Sentinel Sports Editor Bud Gallmeier was heard to proclaim . . . "where are a couple more of our players... like Zanussi and Tudor.

. . . the players can't pick any better than the writers and broadcasters.

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This week, the IHL is in a new phase of their season. The player deadline passed on March 1st at noon, and all teams had to have their rosters finalized at that time. This means that each club had to designate the 16 players who would complete the season. No more trading can take place, and the only new faces can appear is if there would be more than two injuries to any club. They then can bring in one man, until the first injury is healed.

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In the summer of 1958, Fort Wayne, Indiana seemed a great distance from Prince Albert, Sask. All I knew at that time was that there was a job there to reorganize a hockey team that was in danger of folding. I accepted the invitation of Mr. Harold Van Orman and Mr. Ramon Perry to visit Fort Wayne, and discuss the future of both myself and the team: once I met these gentlemen, I knew that, with their faith in the * fans, and in the I.H.L., I had to try to turn the Fort Wayne hockey fortunes around.

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MEET A KOMET 1976-77

For this issue, let's meet not one, but overall, five Fort Wayne Komets, with the same background in one respect ... they all played hockey in the American Hockey League before coming to the IHL . . . and none of them played in the IHL before going to the AHL.

From goal on out... we'll start with Brian Holderness .. . born in Quill Lake, Sask., and played his junior hockey with the Saskatoon Blades. "Holdy" was drafted by Minnesota, and sent to New Haven of the American League, where he posted a 2.83 goals against average in his first season, and a 3060 average in his second year with New Haven. Holderness married a girl from the New Haven area, and is presently applying for his citizenship.

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Last season we finished third in the North Division of the league with a record of 26 wins, 38 losses and 8 ties: in the Turner Cup play-offs we were eliminated in three straight games by the Port Huron Flags who went on to extend the Dayton Gems to seven games in the finals before losing 5-2 in the deciding game which was played  in  Dayton.

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