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Justin MacDonald has been fortunate find for the Komets

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Justin MacDonald has been fortunate find for the Komets

By Blake Sebring - News-Sentinel


There’s kind of a funny story about how Justin MacDonald ended up playing with the Fort Wayne Komets. He was the star of the Komets’ Game 5 win over Toledo on Saturday night which gave Fort Wayne a 3-2 series lead heading into Tuesday’s Game 6 at Memorial Coliseum.

On Dec. 28, MacDonald was on his way back to Evansville of the SPHL after being released from a five-game stint with Adirondack. That’s when Komets coach Gary Graham called MacDonald who had played for him five years ago when Pensacola won the SPHL title. The Komets needed a body, any body, but finding one whom Graham already knew was a bonus.

“When you win a championship with a guy, you’ve been through it and you’ve seen him play in the playoffs and you know he’s going to play a steady, reliable game,” Graham said.

The funny thing was, MacDonald was standing in a Lowe’s somewhere in Indiana on his way back to Evansville when Graham called. MacDonald and his wife Kayleigh recently bought a house back home near Toronto, and he was looking for a chandelier. He knew he was in Indiana, but wasn’t exactly positive where, but he knew he could make it to Fort Wayne that night in time for warm-ups.

Read more at: http://www.news-sentinel.com/sports/2018/05/07/justin-macdonald-has-been-fortunate-find-for-the-komets/

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Justin's a guy with a proven ability to score in both the ECHL and SPHL, so hearing about this is no surprise. He played 42 games over the past 2 seasons with the Thunderbolts and had 21g, 27a. During his two year stint with the Evansville Icemen he notched 33 points in 55 games.

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