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What Chaulk had to say

Here's what longtime Komets captain Colin Chaulk had to say about becoming an assistant coach with the Kalamazoo Wings: "I just feel like it's a great opportunity for me personally, to learn from (head coach Nick Bootland), who's been a head coach for five years. We've been talking to each other and have seemed to have hit it off so far as what we both believe. Sometimes you have to take a leap and go for it."

On if it's tough to leave the Komets, he said: "There wasn't a position in Fort Wayne. What I'm going to do in my life is be a hockey coach and I need to go do that. I'm fortunate I had some other opportunities."

Chaulk said his family will remain in Fort Wayne and he will commute to Kalamazoo.

"Whatever's needed, I'll do," he said, "and if it means 12-hour days, so be it."

And on returning to Memorial Coliseum, he said: "It'll be fun. It'll be exciting. I'm excited for that challenge. It'll be exciting to compete against (the Komets)."

Call me crazy, but I think Chaulk will be back someday with the Komets. Time heals all wounds. Ask Steve Fletcher.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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