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Last updated: Wed. Feb. 19, 2014 - 06:15 am EDT

Komets notes: Former Komet in Sochi, helping hand to vets

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If you need a little something extra as incentive to watch the Olympics, consider that former Komet Bobby Jay is an assistant coach with the United States women's hockey team. A Komet from 1990 to 1993 and a member of the 1993 Turner Cup sweep, Jay, 48, is making his seventh appearance as an assistant coach for the Americans after joining the staff in 2011.

After leaving the Komets, Jay signed with the Los Angeles Kings for a year and then played with the Detroit Vipers for five years. After retiring as a player in 1999, he served as general manager of the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage in 2003-04 before joining Harvard as an assistant men's coach.

Vets need a ticket?

Roommates Mike Embach and Nathan Martine have come up with a neat community service project. They are giving away their four tickets to each Friday home game to local service members or veterans.

"I just kind of mentioned it to him one day when we were sitting at home,'' Martine said. "We don't have family coming here all the time, so why not?''

Embach, from Orland Park, Ill., has grandfathers who served and has friends who are serving overseas. Martine, from Colbourne, Ontario, has a cousin serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and another in the U.S. Air Force. Five years ago he lost a friend who was serving in Afghanistan.

Players receive two tickets to each home game.

"My mom comes down only occasionally and his folks are from Canada, so it's not like we are using the tickets that frequently,'' Embach said.

They run the giveaway on Twitter where Embach is @membach and Martine is @nmartine5. They leave the tickets at Will Call.

"If we keep putting it out there, hopefully somebody will take us up on it,'' Martine said.

Report-card redo

Because of the recent inclement weather that played havoc with local school schedules, the Komets have added a Report Card Night for Feb. 28 when they play Greenville. Any child with an A on his or her report card will receive a free ticket when the card is presented to the Memorial Coliseum box office.

Butler retires

Defenseman Tyler Butler is back in Fort Wayne with his wife, Holly, and their five daughters. He announced his retirement last week at age 34 after playing 29 games this year with Brampton of the Central Hockey League. He has his Professional Golf Association of America teaching certification, and this will give him a head start on finding a summer teaching job.

Icing the puck

Friday's Komets crowd of 8,014 was the largest professional hockey crowd in North America that night. ... The Komets held Cincinnati to one shot on goal during the second period Feb. 8. There have been a handful of times in franchise history when the Komets have held a team to no shots or gotten no shots on goal in a period. ... The 4-2 win Feb. 12 at Cincinnati gave the Komets their 5,200th standings point since the club was established in Fort Wayne in 1952. ... Tonight's game at Florida will be the Komets' 2,300th regular-season road game since the first Fort Wayne road game Oct. 25, 1952.

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