Chaulk Returning To Kalamazoo For Second Season

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Former Komets standout Colin Chaulk tells WANE-TV he will be returning to Kalamazoo for a second season as an assistant coach for the Wings, one of Fort Wayne’s biggest rivals in the ECHL.
“I signed another one-year contract in Kalamazoo,” Chaulk said. “(My current contract) ends in a couple days, and the next one starts July 1st, so I’m excited to be back with them. We’ll keep the process going. We had a great group last year, and it was a tough first round loss, but we’ll stay the course and get ready to work again.”
Chaulk, who retired from playing after the 2012-13 season with the Komets, won five championship in Fort Wayne. Chaulk played 10 of his 15 pro seasons in the Summit City, racking up 684 points in the orange and black – good enough for third-best in franchise history. During part of his time in Fort Wayne Chaulk served as a player/assistant coach under Al Sims.
“The hardest part was not being able to have that buddy-buddy system with the players,” Chaulk said. “I believe you have to have a line with the guys, you need to keep them at arm’s length. That was the hardest part.”
Chaulk, who still lives in Fort Wayne with his wife and two girls, commuted to Kalamazoo each day.
“It was interesting as a way to deliver the information,” Chaulk said. “I believe you need to be clear, concise, or concrete when you deliver the information, and it has to be quick. People don’t want to hear you go on and on an on, and I had a tendency to do that at times, so I learned that pretty quick. On the professional level you are also really managing personalities. Some guys need to be pumped up, some guys need to be beat down, and some guys you need to become their friend. I think the most important thing is that you show you care.”

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