Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette While filling in as a defenseman, Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma, left, carries the puck up ice against the Quad City Mallards' Alex Petan at Memorial Coliseum.
File Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma mixes it up with Joshua Winquist of Orlando last season.
File Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma flips the puck into the pads of Tulsa goalie P.J. Musico on a wraparound in 2017.
File Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma steers around Ben Murphy of the Norfolk Admirals in 2017.
File Cincinnati's Craig Dalrymple, left, sweeps the puck away from a charging Jamie Schaafsma at Memorial Coliseum.
File Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma celebrates a goal against the rival Toledo Walleye in the 2017 playoffs.
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette As the Komets' captain, Jamie Schaafsma had big shoes to fill and he has with Colin Chaulk now gone.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 10:40 pm
Celebrating the Komets' captain
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
Among the players back for the coming Komets' season is captain Jamie Schaafsma, who had some big skates to fill (those of Colin Chaulk) but has done so admirably. To help you celebrate the return of Shazilla, here is a collection of pictures of Schaafsma, some of his best quotes from his time with the fireballers and even some video.
On leading: "It's just reassuring the guys every day that what we're working for is attainable. We have to stay focused, keep working toward that goal and believe in ourselves."
On scoring unexpected goals: "If you've watched me since I've been here, I love to throw pucks at the net, whether it's at the goalie's feet or just to surprise them or catch them off guard, Those are the ones that work out sometimes. It was definitely nice to see that one go in and we can take something from that; it's good to throw pucks at the net because stuff like that can always happen."
On being successful in the postseason: "It's about will and who wants it more and who is going to go out and bang the other team and give it all they've got. I think we came out determined and we've got to keep that kind of mindset for the rest of the playoffs to stay successful."
On playing on the road: "You can see in hockey that there's a lot of parity, even in the NHL with the road teams. (Home-ice advantage) is not something that athletes really focus on too much. We're going to have to go in and play our game, play the structure and play to our strengths. Besides the crowd giving them maybe a little bit of energy once in awhile, you can take the energy out of the building too and that can give the road team some momentum, too, and we're going to be looking to do those things."
On the pain of the season ending: "It's mostly the pain of losing that reminds us all how much it hurts. The pain of losing is awful. You work together for seven months with guys and you grow close and grow that bond. You want to do something special, and it's very disappointing when that doesn't happen."
On ousting Toledo from the playoffs this year: "Tonight, we answered the bell. We were down 2-1 and we gave a little extra, and we were able to finally knock off the Toledo Walleye, who have been a good team for the past few years. Kudos to us, but we've still got two more rounds to go and we're going to focus our attention to Colorado."
On going for the jugular: "It's important when you have a team down that you get them while you can."
On wanting his team to be tough: "We have a team that's not going to back down. I really liked (seeing) that when they kind of cheap-shotted our guy, we had two guys get in there to let the league know early that we're not going to stand for that. And we're not going to let guys around (our goalies) either. So it's nice to see that early. This team is looking like what we expected to be."
More on toughness: "We showed that if they want to go out and throw fists with us, we're a tough team and can defend ourselves that way, too. We're not going to give into those kinds of antics, but we want to play between whistles and try to stay out of the box."
On resiliency: "You've got to find ways to win hockey games. Obviously you want a good start, but if you go down early, you can't give up. To be a team that's able to come back from a deficit, I think that's a really good quality to have for a hockey team. It's really nice to see the guys come together and put in a full 60 (minutes) and battle back."
On injuring his hand: "I didn't think it was broken, but the next day it hurt, and I couldn't even hold my hand up. I thought I could play through it, but I just had no strength to handle the puck. I kept skating and that's the good thing about it being your hand. At least I could still skate, (even in) the first week. And in the second week, I started handling pucks. By the third week, I was practicing pretty normal. There was just a lot of weakness and now I feel pretty good."