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Komets quotes: The best of Colin Chaulk

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 5:27 am

"I can't wait to get there and get started again. I've never been this excited before. I got it done early and I'm ready to go."

— July 10, 2002, on signing with the Komets.

"You have to go out and do the same thing everyday. I think other players will respect that type of attitude. It's not a matter of talking about it, but going out there and doing it on the ice. That's what I try to do."

— Oct. 10, 2002

"We're not playing tennis or golf here. Your actions affect 20 other guys on this team. You have to realize that. Our guys do, but sometimes your emotions get out of whack, and it's hard to control them. You have to make sure you turn the other cheek. You want to initiate, not retaliate.''

— March 1, 2003

"No disrespect to Quad City, they've definitely been at the top for the last seven or eight years, but it's time somebody else took over the reign, and it's going to be Fort Wayne."

— May 4, 2003

"I'm a vocal guy at times. Sometimes guys are sick and tired of hearing my voice. I'm sick and tired of hearing the Chief's voice and everybody else. You're together every day. It's not a perfect world. There are going to be bumps and bruises, but when times are tough, we have to come together. I think if we can do that and do more of our talking on the ice, our team is going to be a lot better off.

"I think we're all saying the right things, but it's about time we stopped with the lip service. Talk is cheap. Your words are loudest when you do it on the ice. I think that's the way our team is trying to play the next few games and the rest of the season - try and do your talking on the ice."

— Nov. 9, 2003

"I think that all the players in this dressing room have to understand that we're here for one reason - to win a championship. If they can't handle that pressure or don't like that kind of attitude ... Average hockey is not acceptable in Fort Wayne. We have that reputation now, and we're going to work hard to keep it."

—April 4, 2004

"It was no big deal. So what? The bus was delayed 45 minutes and they pushed the game back half an hour. It's no big deal. Excuses are for losers. That had nothing to do with our effort or our loss."

— April 15, 2004

"I know for a fact that I would not be any different if I was not the captain. I'm confident in my abilities, and what I stand for. I believe in myself, and when something has to be said or done, I'm going to do it. If somebody else is the captain, it's not going to stop me from doing it. Having said that, I want the responsibility, I accept it and it's an honor."

— May 3, 2005

"I've learned over my career that yelling at the referee and the coach and other players - along with yelling at your wife - doesn't get you anywhere. It makes things worse.''

— May 8, 2005

"You play on this team, you play for the team first. A lot of teams at this level, you play for yourself first and then the team. That's why those teams have trouble getting in the playoffs and aren't successful in the playoffs."

— May 10, 2005

"You get your rest between periods and at night and sleep when you're dead. Tired is for losers."

— May 23, 2005

"People ask me to shoot more, and it's hard for me to do that. I'd like to shoot more. Even my mom tells me to shoot more and she doesn't even watch the games."

— March 3, 2006

"It was a big game, the team is down and everyone was kind of looking around saying, `Who's going to do something? Who's going to make the big play?' I always say don't look around, just do it yourself."

— Oct. 30, 2007

"We're not blocking shots, we're not chipping pucks out, we're not doing what it takes, every single guy on this team. If they say any different, they are lying to you. We're not showing up, and that's what it comes down to."

— May 8, 2008

"Different team tonight, eh? P.C. Drouin even blocked a shot, and he hasn't blocked a shot in five years. He hasn't. Look at the stats."

— May 9, 2008

"You find out about people when things don't go well for them. Everybody is a good person when they are on a hot streak. You find out what kind of person you are when things don't go well for you, and I think everybody knows what kind of people we have on this team."

— May 10, 2008

"The key to a Game 7 is to play like there's no tomorrow, because there isn't. We have to play like we're unemployed because we are after this game."

— May 11, 2008

"If you don't get butterflies before a game like that, then you have to get out of the game. I still get nervous, and you're gripping the stick a little bit, but after you get that first shift out of the way and nothing happens, you kind of forget about it."

— Oct. 17, 2008

"It took me four or five years to realize the impact the players have on the city with the kids and stuff. Coming from Toronto, it's no secret that no one up there knows my name. Maybe some of my minor coaches and some people I went to high school with, but other than that, it's not like they do here when you go to the grocery store."

— Dec. 20, 2009

"I want to be that guy. I don't want anybody else out there. I'm confident in my abilities, but I think our whole team should be like that. I hope every centerman wants to be out here and they don't want me out there. That pushes you to become a better player."

— May 9, 2010

"To win all four on home ice ... We appreciate as players that we're spoiled, but you know what, the fans of Fort Wayne have been a little spoiled, too. We appreciate it because we can't have the things that we have here if we don't have this support. Both the players and fans have been spoiled."

— May 16, 2010

"I have to get my head out of the gutter, how's that? I have to work harder and work through it. I'm not getting it done and that's not acceptable."

— Nov. 6, 2011

"I instigated the whole thing and went after him. I thought our team needed a spark, and also because of what happened to Smitty. I just felt it was my job to step up, and it didn't go as planned."

— Nov. 15, 2011

"It's going to be loud; they are going to come in waves. They are going to be ready. They are going to be physical and offensive. They are solid all the way through, and you know what, we're going to match it and bring it, too. Game on."

— March 29, 2012

"Rapid City has that low ceiling, and it's really loud in there. The sound just bounces and echoes and it sustains longer. That's what it's like when there's 9,000-10,000 people in the coliseum, but it's a lot different since they raised the roof. I remember the old building when it was loud and nasty in there. That's when The Jungle was born - not that it's not The Jungle now, but it takes more people now to get that atmosphere."

— April 5, 2012

"You can only hide for so long until someone finally finds you. They're hiding and we're going to find them. I believe that. I believe we are just going to stick together and go at them and go at them and go at them, and no matter what happens at the end of the day, we'll be happy with ourselves. We'll look at ourselves and be proud of what we did, no matter which way it goes. I'm proud of our hockey club right now. I know this sounds funny, but I think we've got them right where we want them."

— April 15, 2012

"As much as we love run and gun, we don't believe here in Fort Wayne that that's not how you win. Everybody wants to run and gun because who wants to grind it out? The longer you grind it out, the more you make them come through four guys defensively, the more you frustrate any team. The coaching and defensive systems today are too good to do it any other way."

— April 26, 2012

"You've got five months after this to paint, dig holes or teach hockey schools. You have five months to rest. If you can't get going at this time of year, you're in the wrong business. You can suck it up for a few more weeks."

— April 26, 2012

"The UHL, IHL, CHL, ECHL - it's all AA hockey, folks. You'll see come October that the Komets will be competitive and they'll have an equal chance against anybody else to win the Kelly Cup and compete for it."

— May 17, 2012

"I think you don't use words like 'think' and 'hope.' You don't use words that have gray areas. The best coaches and the best teams all think they are better than they are. If you can convince yourself that you're better than you are, you're going to be that way. We just have to believe we're going to win and do it."

— Feb. 26, 2013

"It's amazing how things work out sometimes. When your body is telling you you can't do it, you realize how good you've had it."

— March 20, 2013