BRAMPTON, Ontario – The Brampton Beast announced the hiring of Toronto native and former Kalamazoo Wings assistant coach Colin Chaulk as the team’s head coach.
During his playing career with the Fort Wayne Komets, Chaulk led his team to five league championships over 10 seasons, in addition to serving as team captain for 14 years of his pro career.
After officially hanging up his skates and retiring as a player, Chaulk has spent the past two seasons as assistant coach of the Kalamazoo Wings under the guidance of head coach Nick Bootland. Both times his team has made the playoffs.
"It’s definitely not shocking," said Bootland of the news. "I know that he is going to be a very good head coach. He has a great grasp for the game, is an unbelievably committed individual and someone who has made our organization better for the last two years."
For Chaulk, the next step in his coaching career means a return back to the Greater Toronto Area, where both Colin and his wife Jillian are from. It will also be an exciting change for Chaulk’s two daughters, Ava and Caprie, who have recently begun playing hockey themselves.
"It’s a major move, especially for my family, and we’re very excited," said Chaulk. "For an opportunity like this to coach near my home, in the hockey mecca where everyone eats, sleeps and breathes hockey, it’s an unbelievable opportunity. I’ve been waiting a long time for this and I cant wait to get started."