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KOMET Komments 1954-55

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Big Joe Kastelic is now in his second season with the Komets. Joe is the property of the Buffalo Bisons and is in Fort Wayne on option.

Kastelic is considered one of the better young players in the I.H.L. loop and in his second season, he should be a tower of strength for Pat Wilson's squad. Coming to the Komets, Kastelic skated on the right wing but later Wilson moved him into a defense position due to injuries on the squad. Needless to say, Joe came through in great stye.

 

In training camp, Wilson again moved Kastelic; this time to a center ice position. The reason for this move was to take advantage of Joe's scoring ability and in the pre-season exhibition games, the move seemed to pay off. A great future in hockey is in store for Kastelic.

Joe is a pretty big fellow and carries a powerful frame for his age of 22. Off season, Kirkland Lake, Ontario is Joe's home. Joe is now married, having taken the fatal plunge on September 4th of this year.


Joseph Ivan Walmsley is again back in the nets for the Komets— having served as goal-tender the entire 1953-1954 season. Ivan Walmsley, came to the Komets at the start of the 1953 season under an option agreement with the Buffalo Club of the American League. At the start of this season, Walmsley displayed a lot of ability in the Buffalo training camp and the Bisons were desirous of bringing him up. Ivan preferred Fort Wayne and the Buffalo management gave him the "go sign" to return to the Komets.

Prior to joining the Komets, Walmsley was with the Johnstown Jets when they operated in the Eastern League. Rated as one of the better goal-keepers, Walmsley was having a little trouble with his timing last season and then found himself toward the close of the season, and was very instrumental in the nine game winning streak which carried the Komets into the play-offs.