Colin Chaulk Relishing the Opportunity to Return to the Frontenacs
When Colin Chaulk stepped off the Kingston Memorial Centre ice for the last time as the Frontenacs captain, he already had in his mind that he wanted to come back someday in some form. Now returning to the organization as a Toronto area scout, he has finally turned that idea into reality.
Throughout minor and junior hockey, Chaulk only played on two teams, and while he was in Kingston, the city, fanbase and hockey club was so endearing, he left feeling a strong connection. The Frontenacs teams he played on had some successful seasons, and for many of those years, fans packed the stands on a nightly basis, all those things have stuck in his memory.
"Personally, I had a good amount of success, and teamwise, we made the east division finals in my first year. I didn't play a lot that year, but we had a lot of older guys and they really taught me what it means to win," said Chaulk reminiscing about his rookie season in Kingston. "I had a great experience there and I am really glad to be returning."
His new role with the club does not have him living in the city again, but the now 43-year-old has a sense of ownership and pride in his new role, something he would not have had if he were with another organization. As a former captain, he knows the honour of donning the black and gold and is personally invested in bringing success to the Frontenacs in every way possible.
After his time as a Frontenacs player, Chaulk went on to a 16-year professional playing career, splitting his time between 12 different teams, a far cry from the stability he had in his pre-professional playing days. Following his retirement from playing professional hockey in 2013, Chaulk moved into coaching, where he spent time as an assistant and head coach, as well as an executive in the ECHL. All that before spending a year in the American Hockey League with the Ottawa Senators' AHL affiliate, Belleville Senators.
While his coaching inroads came with his long-time playing club, the Fort Wayne Komets, he joined the Brampton Beast in 2015, returning to the GTA, and even though he did not know it, beginning his journey back to Kingston.
It was in Brampton that he began to work alongside newly hired Frontenacs Assistant General Manager, Kory Cooper, a connection that had led back to Kingston. "When the [scouting] position was available, he [Cooper] made some suggestions to Paul [McFarland], we went through the interview process and that brings us to where we are now," said Chaulk on how his connections with Cooper pointed him back towards the Frontenacs.
"We relied on Kory's valuable thoughts and opinions throughout our years in Brampton, and last year in Belleville. He's a guy I respect a lot and I'm excited to help make the Fronts a competitive team."
While Cooper has his feet on the ground in Kingston alongside the rest of the management, Chaulk will have his eyes peeled for potential talent in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, as he takes the reigns of the Mississauga Reps U16 AAA team. Seeing the GTHL from ice-level will give Chaulk a unique look at some of the young talents hoping to be scouted. "It's going to give a different viewpoint and different level for Paul and Kory to make those decisions as well as the rest of the scouting staff."
Although he would love to see young players progress from the Reps, he knows what his two jobs are. "My job with the Reps is to make those players into the best players and people they can be, and my job with Kingston is to make sure I give my honest opinion about players who could potentially help the Frontenacs hockey club."
It has been 26 years since Chaulk first stepped onto the ice at the old Kingston Memorial Centre, but as Frontenacs have evolved, his love for the city, fans and hockey club has not faded. With pride for the city and team, he embarks on the newest chapter of his hockey career, back where an earlier one started.
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