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Chaulk: Oustanding Defensive Forward

Center Colin Chaulk's reputation as one of the greatest two-way forwards to ever play for the Komets continues to grow.

Chaulk, 33, who leads the Komets in scoring with 83 points in 68 games, was selected as the IHL's Oustanding Defensive Forward on Wednesday.

The award was chosen by coaches, general managers and reporters.

This is the fourth time Chaulk has received league-wide best defensive forward honors with the Komets. When they skated in the United Hockey League, he was named Best Defensive Forward in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Between Chaulk and teammate David Hukalo, the Komets have had the top defensive forward in their league six of the past eight seasons.

This season, Chaulk has a plus-34 rating, which is tied for best in the IHL with Mickael Bedard of Port Huron.

Chaulk, regarded as one of the top faceoff men in the IHL, has also netted one short-handed goal. He has helped the Komets to the top defensive rating in the league, as they allow only 2.42 goals per game. And their penalty-killing unit also ranks first with an efficiency of 86.9 percent.

Chaulk has tallied multiple points in 24 games this season.

The Komets (48-21-4), who have won back-to-back playoff titles, are barely clinging to hopes of winning a fourth straight regular-season championship. Muskegon needs to gain only one point, or for the Komets to not take a possible point, for the Lumberjacks to win the Huber Trophy and get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Komets play at Quad City (28-35-11) on Friday night. They play host to the Mallards on Saturday, and Chaulk will receive the trophy in a pregame ceremony.

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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