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Chaulk can remain captain

There has been a well-founded rumor circulating that Colin Chaulk cannot remain the Komets' captain because he's now a player/assistant coach.

Not true, according to the ECHL.

"I would see no reason to prevent it," said Joe Babik, the ECHL's director of communications.

But what of rule 6.1 of the ECHL rule book? That states: "No playing coach, playing manager or goalkeeper shall be permitted to act as captain or alternate captain."

Babik had this to say: "The ECHL does not officially recognize a player/assistant coach. A team can designate someone for that role if they so choose, but his entire salary must be accounted for on the salary cap and he can receive no additional benefits for his coaching duties."

So, it sounds like they need to amend the rule book.

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