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Komets set to honor Colin Chaulk on Saturday

News-Sentinel file photo<br /> <br /> During his 10 seasons in Fort Wayne, Colin Chaulk led the Komets to five playoff championships, including the 2012 Central Hockey League's Presidents Cup.
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During his 10 seasons in Fort Wayne, Colin Chaulk led the Komets to five playoff championships, including the 2012 Central Hockey League's Presidents Cup.
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No. 91 will be lifted to the retired banners

Monday, February 13, 2017 01:59 pm
Is there any way to adequately comemorate what Colin Chaulk's career meant to the Fort Wayne Komets? The franchise will try by adding his No. 91 to their retired banners before Saturday's game. When he retired in 2013 at age 36, Chaulk was the franchise's No. 3 all-time scorer, winning five Most Valuable Player awards, and No. 1 winner, winning five championships in 10 years. The captain played 687 games as Komet, scoring 217 goals and 786 points. At the time, he was just the 70th minor league player to score 1,000 career points.

But besides the titles, Chaulk (now coach of the ECHL's Brampton Beast) will always be remembered for his leadership and quotes like, "Adversity is an opportunity." There were countless times after a loss when Chaulk would be talking to reporters near his locker and his teammates would turn their heads to make sure they heard ever word. Here are some of Chaulk's best quotes during his Fort Wayne career:

"I can't wait to get there and get started again. I've never been this excited before. I got it done early and I'm ready to go."

July 10, 2002, on originally signing with the Komets.

"You have to go out and do the same thing every day. I think other players will respect that type of attitude. It's not a matter of talking about it, but going out there and doing it on the ice. That's what I try to do."

Oct. 10, 2002 on being named team captain

"We're not playing tennis or golf here. Your actions affect 20 other guys on this team. You have to realize that. Our guys do, but sometimes your emotions get out of whack, and it's hard to control them. You have to make sure you turn the other cheek. You want to initiate, not retaliate."

March 1, 2003

"No disrespect to Quad City, they've definitely been at the top for the last seven or eight years, but it's time somebody else took over the reign, and it's going to be Fort Wayne."

May 4, 2003

"I think we're all saying the right things, but it's about time we stopped with the lip service. Talk is cheap. Your words are loudest when you do it on the ice. I think that's the way our team is trying to play the next few games and the rest of the season — try and do your talking on the ice."

Nov. 9, 2003

"I think that all the players in this dressing room have to understand that we're here for one reason — to win a championship. If they can't handle that pressure or don't like that kind of attitude ... Average hockey is not acceptable in Fort Wayne. We have that reputation now, and we're going to work hard to keep it."

April 4, 2004

"I know for a fact that I would not be any different if I was not the captain. I'm confident in my abilities and what I stand for. I believe in myself, and when something has to be said or done, I'm going to do it. If somebody else is the captain, it's not going to stop me from doing it. Having said that, I want the responsibility, I accept it and it's an honor."

May 3, 2005

"I've learned over my career that yelling at the referee and the coach and other players — along with yelling at your wife — doesn't get you anywhere. It makes things worse."

May 8, 2005

"You play on this team, you play for the team first. A lot of teams at this level, you play for yourself first and then the team. That's why those teams have trouble getting in the playoffs and aren't successful in the playoffs."

May 10, 2005

"You get your rest between periods and at night and sleep when you're dead. Tired is for losers."

May 23, 2005

"People ask me to shoot more, and it's hard for me to do that. I'd like to shoot more. Even my mom tells me to shoot more and she doesn't even watch the games."

March 3, 2006

"It was a big game, the team is down and everyone was kind of looking around saying, `Who's going to do something? Who's going to make the big play?' I always say don't look around, just do it yourself."

Oct. 30, 2007

"We're not blocking shots, we're not chipping pucks out, we're not doing what it takes, every single guy on this team. If they say any different, they are lying to you. We're not showing up, and that's what it comes down to."

May 8, 2008

"You find out about people when things don't go well for them. Everybody is a good person when they are on a hot streak. You find out what kind of person you are when things don't go well for you, and I think everybody knows what kind of people we have on this team."

May 10, 2008

"The key to a Game 7 is to play like there's no tomorrow, because there isn't. We have to play like we're unemployed, because we are after this game."

May 11, 2008

"If you don't get butterflies before a game like that, then you have to get out of the game. I still get nervous, and you're gripping the stick a little bit, but after you get that first shift out of the way and nothing happens, you kind of forget about it."

Oct. 17, 2008 on opening night

"It took me four or five years to realize the impact the players have on the city with the kids and stuff. Coming from Toronto, it's no secret that no one up there knows my name. Maybe some of my minor coaches and some people I went to high school with, but other than that, it's not like they do here when you go to the grocery store."

Dec. 20, 2009

"I want to be that guy. I don't want anybody else out there. I'm confident in my abilities, but I think our whole team should be like that. I hope every centerman wants to be out here and they don't want me out there. That pushes you to become a better player."

May 9, 2010

"To win all four on home ice ... We appreciate as players that we're spoiled, but you know what, the fans of Fort Wayne have been a little spoiled, too. We appreciate it because we can't have the things that we have here if we don't have this support. Both the players and fans have been spoiled."

May 16, 2010

"It's going to be loud; they are going to come in waves. They are going to be ready. They are going to be physical and offensive. They are solid all the way through, and you know what, we're going to match it and bring it, too. Game on."

March 29, 2012 on facing Rapid City

"You can only hide for so long until someone finally finds you. They're hiding and we're going to find them. I believe that. I believe we are just going to stick together and go at them and go at them and go at them, and no matter what happens at the end of the day, we'll be happy with ourselves ... I know this sounds funny but I think we've got them right where we want them."

April 15, 2012 trailing 2-0 against Missouri

"I have something to prove, a lot to prove to people who say the IHL and the UHL and all these leagues weren't that good. We've made a little bit of noise, but not enough. It's the first team to four wins and we've only got two."

April 30, 2012 after Game 2 against Wichita

"When you win championships, every single player is experiencing a physical or mental state that they never approached during the regular season. The pain, fatigue and pressure is immeasurable. The players that are able to push through, think clearly and perform at a high level together are the teams that win. The bottom line is everyone hurts this time of year, but you have five months to recover. Suck it up."

May 10, 2014 on playing through playoff injuries.

"For this to happen here five times in 10 years, I've been spoiled, the fans have been spoiled, management has been spoiled and everyone has been spoiled. If it was easy, then everyone would do it."

May 12, 2012

For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring, at his blog tailingthekomets.com and on Facebook at Blake Sebring.

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