INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Komets captain Colin Chaulk is picky about his equipment, particularly his gloves.
So it was interesting to see the events late in the third period of Wednesdays game, a 3-1 victory by the Komets over the Missouri Mavericks in Turner Conference finals at the Independence Events Center.
The Mavericks asked referee Peter Tarnaris to inspect Chaulks gloves for their legality.
After a long conversation, Chaulk was sent off the ice with a warning and forced to change gloves before he could return.
Their team called it, and the gloves were non-conforming, so he had to come off, Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said. He had to get a pair of conforming gloves, and then he could go back on.
I dont know what was non-conforming, but I think it was the brand of glove. We got him a pair and it didnt seem to affect him.
Chaulk declined to comment about what the problem with his gloves was, but CHL spokesman Bob Hoffman sent an email to The Journal Gazette reading: The league has an equipment supplier pool for pants, gloves and sticks and Mr. Chaulk was wearing an illegal pair of gloves. He was forced to change gloves to be in compliance.
According to the CHLs rulebook: You cant have gloves that give you a competitive advantage; you cant have gloves in which all or part of the palms have been removed; you cant have gloves deemed to be dangerous; and you must have equipment complying with the on-ice branding exposure program (in other words, what brand the CHL says you must use).
In the series, Chaulk had two assists and a plus-1 rating.
In the playoffs, he has been in the forefront of a few controversies.
In the Komets 3-1 victory in Game 2 of the conference semifinals at Rapid City, S.D., Chaulks winning goal appeared to go in off his glove but was allowed by referee Zac Blazic.
And in overtime winner in Game 6 of that series, it was unclear whether it was put in by Chaulk or a Rush defenseman.