This is video from Otto featuring Tim and Randy.
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I have waited a few hours to allow everyone in Kometdom some time to get over their headaches. Many thanks to Blake for being patient and allowing all of us the opportunity to communicate with each other.
I haven't made a point of commenting on the main reason I am a Komets fan (but not the only).
As hockey fans, you have seen many players come and go. Fort Wayne has been a great hockey town for a long time. I am hoping it will be the same for a some time to come.
My and I are best friends with Jillian Chaulk's parents.
I have listened to some folks talk about the league, how things could, and some say should be better. Now, after winning the Turner Cup for the third time and fourth overall, I think about a warrior.
I can't and won't make an excuse for what I am about to say.
I am not sure what the future holds for one of the best people I know.
Colin Chaulk, has not looked for anything we could have said about him, he has earned it. From the time I met him as a teenager, Colin was a kind, giving and caring individual. That he had skill as a hockey player was not even a concern. His mother Virginia, I know is proud, as is everyone who is close to this very humble man.
Colin would be upset with me if I went into more detail. He has given everything a player can give. Sweaters hung in the rafters are afterthoughts of the warriors who strive to win once more.
I have had the honour of meeting some amazing people through the forum Blake and the New-Sentinel has provided.
Our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Fort Wayne.
I am very unclear what you mean here after reading this entry about 4 times....Mike are you hinting that Colin is retiring? That is how it sounds. If that is so, he will be sorely missed. I can't imagine Komet hockey without #91 on the ice. I hope you are not saying this.
No hit, just trying to respect everyone's view on what might happen with the league and hockey in Fort Wayne. And at the same time give my man some props. My feeling is as long as the Komets will have him, Colin will be playing. Sorry for the confusion.
Colin Chaulk is a "Champion" He leads by example. Better than anything he is just a class actas a player and a person. I am sure he can be a Komet as long as he wants to be. If and when he retires his number will hang in the rafters as it should.
Mike, those were wonderful comments. I, too, have had the honor of meeting some terrific people ( Mike, you are certainly one of them ) because of this blog and Blake's work.
Your thoughts on Colin Chaulk were from the heart, sincere, and indisputable. Someday the City of Fort Wayne, the Komet organization, and the Komet legion of fans will recognize him for his humanity, dedication, leadership, loyalty, and skill as a player by hanging a banner with a "retired" #91 on it. Hopefully that will be someday in the future as we hope to see him on the ice for many years to come.
Just to follow up on that train of thought. I hope everyone had the presence of mind Saturday night to take a moment and look, really look, at the players on the ice as the game was progressing. I hope they took a "mental picture" so they could remember these players, this team. Some will be back, but others will move on to meet higher expectations, and some will retire.
I hope we all had a chance to stop for a moment and appreciate this Komet team of 2009-2010.
I have been a Komets fan for over 30 years and have two all -time favorite players, one of them being Colin Chaulk.
I, too, dread the day when Chaulker will no longer be wearing #91 in orange and black. My only hope is that he will be behind the bench coaching instead of on the ice. Colin has proven to be a true leader who gives 150% every day, the absolute heart and soul of the Komets. He leads by his example and has been an inspiration to his teammates as well as to the community of kids that he teaches throughout the year. It will be a sad, sad day when he no longer skates on Coliseum ice in a Komets jersey.
If and when he does decide to retire, there's no doubt in my mind that his number will be flying high in the rafters, right alongside my other favorite, Robbie Laird's #18.
I can't think of anything to add here so I'll just thank you Mike for your comments, thoughts and prayers.