KALAMAZOO, Mich. (incnow.tv) - Former Fort Wayne Komets captain and player/coach Colin Chaulk has been hired by Kalamazoo K-Wings as an assistant.
Chaulk retired from his playing days in April after 15 professional seasons, including 10 with the Komets.
“Colin has shown that he knows how to win championships and has done so in a leadership role,” K-Wings general manager Jim Burlew said in a statement released by the franchise. “He has plenty of knowledge and passion for the sport of hockey that he now will pass on to our players."
Colin Chaulk joins K-Wings Bench Staff http://t.co/Dg7yo9hTGm— Kalamazoo Wings (@KalamazooWings) July 30, 2013
Chaulk will serve under Wings director of operations/head coach Nick Bootland, who is in his fifth season as a head coach. In a phone interview, Chaulk says they formed an instant connection in a recent conversation they had.
"We pursued him for this role because of all the intangibles he brings,” Bootland said in the statement. “Colin has always been a student of the game, which is evident with the accolades he has earned as a top defensive-forward many times throughout his career.”
Chaulk says the Komets never interviewed him about the head coaching vacancy ultimately filled by Gary Graham. He adds that because no assistant coaching position was open when he retired, he sought other opportunities.
He and his family will remain in Fort Wayne despite the hire, Chaulk says.
The Komets will play the K-Wings 14 times--6 at home and 8 away--in the 2013-14 season.
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