Here's what longtime Komets captain Colin Chaulk had to say about becoming an assistant coach with the Kalamazoo Wings: "I just feel like it's a great opportunity for me personally, to learn from (head coach Nick Bootland), who's been a head coach for five years. We've been talking to each other and have seemed to have hit it off so far as what we both believe. Sometimes you have to take a leap and go for it."
On if it's tough to leave the Komets, he said: "There wasn't a position in Fort Wayne. What I'm going to do in my life is be a hockey coach and I need to go do that. I'm fortunate I had some other opportunities."
Chaulk said his family will remain in Fort Wayne and he will commute to Kalamazoo.
"Whatever's needed, I'll do," he said, "and if it means 12-hour days, so be it."
And on returning to Memorial Coliseum, he said: "It'll be fun. It'll be exciting. I'm excited for that challenge. It'll be exciting to compete against (the Komets)."
Call me crazy, but I think Chaulk will be back someday with the Komets. Time heals all wounds. Ask Steve Fletcher.