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Tailing the Komets

Chaulk, Henley honored

In the CHL's annual ``Best of the Best'' poll of players, the Komets' Colin Chaulk has been named the best leader and best face-off player, and Brent Henley has been named the best defensive defenseman.

Brett Smith finished second as best penalty killer and third as best defensive forward, Jamie Milam finished second as hardest shooter and second as best offensive defenseman and Kaleigh Schrock was third in best fighter pound-for-pound. The Komets' fans were voted third among best fans and most annoying fans, Bob Chase was voted third-best announcer and the Memorial Coliseum was selected as the second-best press box. The Courtyard by Marriott was voted the second-best team hotel.

You can see the full listing of results here.



Thu, 03/15/2012 - 11:03am

A certain book writer just said to get him out of the face-off circle 3 days ago.

Matt Bair
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 11:38am

Last day on ebay

Autographed 50th anniversary Fort Wayne Komets hockey jersey, signed by the following:
*Eddie Long: Known as Mr. Komet, Eddie played for the Komets from 1952-1966, and coached the Komets to the 1965 Turner Cup title. Eddie played in 858 games over 14 seasons. He finished with 924 points (459 goals, 465 assists).
*Bob Chase: A legendary and influential announcer, Chaser has been the voice of the Fort Wayne Komets since the 1953-54 season.
*Ken Ullyot: In 1997, The Hockey News named Ken Ullyot as the International Hockey League's all-time best general manager. He served as the Komets' coach and/or GM from 1958 to 1982. He finished with 322 wins as a coach and guided the Komets to six Turner Cup final appearances in the 60s.
*Reggie Primeau: Played with the Komets from 1960-66 and 1967-69. He scored 595 points.
*Norm Waslawski: Played with the Komets from 1959-60 and 1962-69. He scored 524 points.
*George Drysdale: An original Komet, Drysdale played from 1952-55.
*Ted Wright: A Komet from 1962-70.
Bill Richardson: A Komet from 1954-58.
* Notates a member of the Fort Wayne Komets Hall of Fame

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 2:15pm

Not a certain book writer.  I wrote it and I still believe I am correct.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 4:40pm

Congratulations to both Colin and Henley. Regarding chaulk, Alan is correct. That night robinson was eating him up in the face off circle.
Colin would tell you the same. That being said His peers believe he is pretty darn good. I do too as I believe Alan does. Just not on that night.

kyle hunt
Fri, 03/16/2012 - 11:00am

Its wasn't just that night that his face offs have been suspect.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 11:40am

I agree with a lot of your opinions.  When I read your opinion of Chaulk in the faceoff circle I disagreed with it.  Then a couple days later he is voted #1 by his peers and I thought it was too funny that I couldn't pass up my comment. 


Fri, 03/16/2012 - 1:09pm

Not a problem, hursttech.   The timing of my comment couldn't have been better, could it?

Here is what I think.  I think Colin Chaulk has lost maybe a half of step this year.  I think he is not as good in the faceoff circle as he once was.  I think there are others on the team who I would like to see get the opportunity to take some important draws.  On the other hand I think Colin Chaulk is the type of player who makes everyone better on the ice.  I love the fact that Colin Chaulk is shooting more.  I think that Colin Chaulk positions himself with and without the puck better than anyone else on the team (and maybe as well as anyone in the league).  He is a "smart" player and manages to get himself between the puck and the defender as well as anyone else at this level.  He is a coach and teacher on the ice and displays calmness, patience, and leadership.  Those are strong attributes and, by displaying those, helps relax the guys on the ice and on the bench when crap happens.

Saying all of that, I've always lived by the fact that if I'm wrong about something I'm willing to admit it if facts can back it up.  Certainly having players, coaches, front office personnel, and others vote him "best of the best" is a strong, strong fact that I am mistaken. 

I will defer to the experts.



Mike From Toronto
Fri, 03/16/2012 - 2:32pm

Don't be too hard on yourself Alan. I was listening to the Evansville game and almost had a fit on that last goal. As mentioned Colin would be harder on himself than you have been.

And remember he was getting beat that night by the guy who was voted "second best faceoff man".

Every player has to face the time when they lose a little. Colin is still contributing . As well he brings the intangibles and it was nice to see his leadership qualities recognized again.

I believe he has a good year or two to play at a decent level. Time will tell. I understand the "veteren" rules in the ECHL are tighter than the CHL. If the Komets move in that direction, I would argue that Colin would be a great change agent to have on your side.

Lastly, not as an excuse and I don't have any first hand knowledge of this. Perhaps the concussion took a little bit out of him. Taking more time to get back to 100%. He will be ready for the playoff push.

Sorry to see APod leave, he was an exiting player to watch. The defensive style that shows up in the playoffs just doesn't fit him. Hopefully the Frankes have seen somehing and the team can give a positive vibe this weekend and through the remaining games heading into the playoffs. 

kyle hunt
Fri, 03/16/2012 - 2:44pm

I was only talking about face offs and only speaking of the games I watch him in!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 4:23pm

Thanks to hursttech, Jack, Kyle, and Mike from Toronto for their comments.  We are all Komets fans first and foremost.  We want the best for the team.  I am optimistic for a great Komet weekend! 

My hope is that the K's come out flying in both games this weekend, pretend that they are playing the Stanley Cup Champions and no matter what the score may be, act as if they are always one goal behind in terms of effort.