Komet veteran Colin Chaulk retires

04/12/2013

Fort Wayne, IN --- Komet veteran center and player/assistant coach Colin Chaulk announced his retirement Friday.  Chaulk is retiring after a 15-year pro hockey career and 10-year career with the Fort Wayne Komets.

Chaulk, 36, has won five league championships during his career with the Komets (2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012).  He was also a four-time league Best Defensive Forward of the Year and was named Komets’ Team MVP, chosen by the players at the end of the season, on five occasions.

Chaulk began his career after four seasons of juniors play in the OHL in 1998 when he skated with five different teams during the 1998-99 season in four different leagues (WPHL, ECHL, IHL, AHL). 

The Toronto, Ontario native appeared in his first season with Fort Wayne in the UHL in 2002-03 when he led the Komets to a UHL regular season title with 59 assists and 82 points before helping the Komets to the UHL Colonial Cup Championship, their first league championship in 20 years. 

Chaulk’s career year came with the Komets during 2003-04 when he led Fort Wayne to its second straight regular season title scoring 73 assists and 96 points in 71 games.  The long-time Komet captain finished the 2012 CHL playoffs with a Fort Wayne team record of 99 post-season appearances and ranks second all-time with Fort Wayne playoff totals of 69 assists and 102 points.

“Colin Chaulk has been the face of the Fort Wayne Komets since he arrived in 2002,” said Komet general manager David Franke.  “I will always remember Colin as being a great player, leader and above all, respected by his teammates and opponents.  Colin will be a great coach.  If given the right situations and experience he will gain going forward.  He has a great chance to coach at a very high level. Colin, his wife Jillian and daughters Ava and Capri is a great family unit.  Colin will always be remembered for his on-ice accomplishments.  But his off-ice contributions to the Fort Wayne community and youth hockey are also very special and sincere.”

Chaulk completed his career this past season with an overall Fort Wayne total of 184 goals, ranked second all-time in Komet history with 500 assists, ranked third all-time with 684 points and accumulated 954 penalty minutes in 588 regular season games.  

Colin Chaulk’s complete bio, career stats and notes:

Colin  Chaulk, Fort Wayne Komets, Number 91                                       
Player/Assistant Coach, center, shoots left , 6-0, 199 lbs.  Born: Toronto, Ontario  1/7/1977

                                                                                        Regular Season                                       Playoffs

Season              Club                            League               GP       G       A           TP         PM            GP        G        A        TP         PM
1994-95             Kingston                     OHL                    51          2        9         11           42            5           0         1         1           7
1995-96             Kingston                     OHL                    58        24      52         76           78            6           3         2         5         16
1996-97             Kingston                     OHL                    64        31      54         85         100            5           1         2         3         16
1997-98             Kingston                     OHL                    60        34      62         96         118          12           4         7       11         17
1998-99             Austin                         WPHL                 23          7      16         23           28          ---         ---       ---       ---         -
                          Tallahassee                ECHL                    7          0        5           5           14          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
                          Jacksonville                ECHL                  24          8      22         30           49            2           2         1         3           6
                          Utah                            IHL                        6          1        1           2             2          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
                          Adirondack                 AHL                      4          0        0           0             4          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
1999-00             Missouri                      UHL                    50        19      47         66           88          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
                          Kansas City                IHL                        2          0        0           0             0          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
2000-01             Missouri                      UHL                    39        14      39         53         144            4           4         2         6           4
                          Kansas City                IHL                      37          5      13         18           31          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
2001-02             Colorado                     WCHL                 55        19      46         65           94          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
                          Wheeling                    ECHL                    3          0        0           0             0          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
                          Grand Rapids             AHL                    13          3        1           4           15            2           0         1         1           2
2002-03             Fort Wayne                UHL                    70        23      59         82         116          11           4       12       16         10
2003-04             Fort Wayne                UHL                    71        23      73         96         127            9           3         6         9         10
2004-05             Fort Wayne                UHL                    75        19      73         92         129          18           7       11       18         30
2005-06             Fort Wayne                UHL                    66        26      53         79         152          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
2006-07             Alleghe HC                 Italy                     32        13      20         33           38          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
2007-08             Fort Wayne                IHL                      70        24      50         74         118          12           5         6       11         32
2008-09             Fort Wayne                IHL                      38          8      45         53           54          11           1         7         8         18
2009-10             Fort Wayne                IHL                      71        27      58         85         115          12           4         7       11         22
2010-11             Alleghe HC                 Italy                     26          4      15         19           40          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
                          Fort Wayne                CHL                    39        10      30         40           51            8           3         7       10         26   
2011-12             Fort Wayne                CHL                    60        22      39         61           59          18           6       13       19         26
2012-13             Fort Wayne                ECHL                  28          2      20         22           30          ---         ---       ---       ---         ---
                                              Fort Wayne TOTALS       588      184    500       684        951          99         33       69     102       174

Profile:  2012-13 was his 15
th pro year, 10th year with Fort Wayne.  Has won five championships with the Komets (2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012). 
Was a three-time UHL Best Defensive Forward (2002-03, 2003-04 and 2005-06).  Was a four-time UHL All-Star representing the Komets for 3 consecutive seasons including 2004, 2005 (starter) and 2006.  Also selected to the 2000 UHL All-Star Team as a member of the Missouri River Otters.
Is a five-time Komet’s team MVP (2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11) and a five -time Komet’s NOB Brick Stonewall Defensive Forward of the Year (02-03, 03-04, 04-05, 05-06, 09-10). 
2009-10:  Named IHL Outstanding Defensive Forward of the Year for 2009-10.  Received three Komet team end-of-season awards including Best Defensive Forward of the Year for the fifth time, Plus-Minus Award and team MVP for 2009-10.  
2010-11:  Named Komets MVP for 2010-11 (5th time).  Co-led the Komets in the 2011 playoffs with 10 points and led the Komets with 26 penalty minutes appearing in all eight games.
2011-12:  Dished his 500th Fort Wayne all-time (regular season and playoffs) career assist 12/2/11 at Rapid City. Scored his 700th Fort Wayne all-time career point (regular season and playoffs, assist) 12/30/11 at Evansville.  Received the Komets “True Komet” award for 2011-12.  Appeared in his 96th Fort Wayne career playoff game 4/29/12 at Wichita for a new Komet record, breaking Guy Dupuis’ record of 95 set last season.  Completed the 2012 playoffs with a Fort Wayne franchise record of 99 playoff games.  Registered his 100th Fort Wayne career playoff point (goal) 5/3/12 vs Wichita.  Won his fifth championship with Fort Wayne with the 2012 CHL Presidents’ Cup Title.
2012-13:  Placed on Injured Reserve effective 12/16/12.  Activated from IR 2/16/13 after missing 33 games.  Registered his 1,000th career point (assist, regular season) 2/27/13 vs Toledo.  Passed his 500th Fort Wayne Career assist 3/8/13 vs Florida (regular season).  Placed on 21-day I.R. 3/20/13 and finished the season serving behind the bench as assistant coach.

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