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Tailing the Komets

Chaulk is on the way

Colin Chaulk and his family are in Venice, Italy waiting on their long plane ride home to Toronto, and they'll be in Fort Wayne likely later this week. The veteran center has agreed to terms on a contract with the Komets for the rest of the season.

Chaulk, who turns 34 on Jan. 7, has been playing with Alleghe HC in Italy where he had four goals and 19 points in 26 games. Last year the center was the Komets' most valuable player with 27 goals and 85 points in 71 games. He also scored four goals and 11 points in 12 playoff games.

Does he regret leaving the Komets?

``I made the best decision at the time for my family and regretfully things did not go as planned,'' Chaulk said. ``I was excited about the possibilities the move could provide me with, but for many reason it turned out to be a mistake. I needed to make things right for my family and my career. It just didn't work out for my family and I.''

Asked what changed in Fort Wayne to lead to his return, Chaulk said, ``Nothing has changed with the Komets.  Many other factors were considered when I made the decision to leave Fort Wayne, and it was the right decision for me at that time.''

The Chaulks will arrive in their hometown of Toronto Monday and will coordinate with the Komets on when is best for him to return to Fort Wayne. He said it will likely take him a few days to adjust to the six-hour time difference from Italy.

Chaulk said he checked up on the Komets weekly by talking with general manager David Franke and some of his former teammates.

``I feel like I have been given a fresh start and I am ready for the challenge,'' he said. ``I feel great, the schedule (in Italy) is more conducive to the longevity of my career.  I plan to be the same player I have always been.''

Asked if he's learned to shoot more yet, because that seems to be the Komets' biggest problem so far, Chaulk said, ``Still working on it. haha.''

Posted in: Komets


Sun, 12/26/2010 - 2:45pm

Welcome back (officially) Colin Chaulk! There's alot of work to be done....

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 2:46pm

Blake - thank you for this update on Chaulk. I think this is great news.

Now a question for you: Is it possoble to get an update on the Russian player? Any information is appreciated.

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 2:48pm

Blake, have they given any indication as to how they are going to fit him under the cap? Obviously some roster moves will have to be made. Do they utilize the IR or trade/waive a big contract?

Blake Sebring
Sun, 12/26/2010 - 3:01pm

I will ask JR, but there's no way they are going to answer that at this time. Artem is still waiting on immigration paperwork. I know Coach Al Sims is very impressed with him so far.

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 3:15pm

I hope they don't wait too long for him to return. The Komets cannot afford to get too much further behind in the standings. Obviously he can't be the total answer. Everyone has to be on board and make the commitment to come together as a team. But having him back is a great start to salvaging the season.

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 3:18pm

Thank you very much Blake. My family has been extremely interested in finding out about this player.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 12/26/2010 - 3:21pm

You guys know that he will be in the line-up NYE right??? LOL

No way do they let that opportunity slip past. They need Chaulk and the tickets to sell.

I am SUPER pumped that he is back.

Most of us knew that this would happen.

Someone lend Snuff a shoulder to cry on now as he will tell us all how this is a bad thing.

Thanks Super Fan!!!

See-ya PC Buddy!!! joking of course. ;)

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 3:32pm

Ok, so do we pat Hit on the back for his prediction a long time ago that Chaulk would be a Komet by Christmas since the team in Italy put out a press release saying he was returning to Ft Wayne. OR, do we say ha ha Hit, you dont know what your talking about since this was announced on the 26th??? LOL


Sun, 12/26/2010 - 3:42pm

Thanks Blake, we all know that moves are coming with Chaulk and the Russian kid; but who? These next two games (I agree with Hit that the K's will try and get Chaulk into the lineup by New Years Eve) could be pretty good as it will be the last chances for the current players to state their case to remain on the team OR off the IR...

Also, do you think there are more moves coming or do you think they will see what they have with Chaulk and the Russian kid?

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 4:43pm

Wasn't it just a matter of time?? Really???

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 12/26/2010 - 4:55pm

Hit is a freaking genius.


Sun, 12/26/2010 - 6:34pm

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME..Welcome back Chaulker

Dave W
Sun, 12/26/2010 - 7:48pm

Welcome home Chauker

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 8:36pm

Glad to have you back Chaulk.