Fort Wayne, IN – Komets GM David Franke made clear yesterday that Captain Colin Chaulk’s current injury is not believed to be the same that sidelined him for 35 games in the 2008-09 season, and also threatened his career.
Chaulk is expected to miss a few more weeks with an abscess on his right foot, Franke stated.
“There is no evidence of MRSA (staph infection) at this time,” Franke said Tuesday. “They are doing a culture. But at this time they do not think it is MRSA related.”
Chaulk did confirm he had surgery on the foot and said he did feel surprisingly good. He also stated he was taking antibiotics as a precaution and is hopeful it’s not MRSA.
Given Chaulk’s history with MRSA, the doctors are treating it as such. The culture has yet to be returned, however MRSA is still a possibility.
The Captain has been out the past six games with a shoulder injury and is now dealing with his foot.
“He’s got an abscess on his foot,” Franke said. “It’s not the (left) foot he had a problem with last time. It was cleaned out today. He’s on antibiotics.”
Chaulk will not be on the bench as an assistant due to doctors wanting him to keep the ailing foot elevated.
Chaulk, who has 17 points in 19 games, has been team MVP five times and has led the Komets to five championships since 2003.
The Captain, who doesn’t wear socks while on the ice, said he does not plan on changing his routine once he is able to return on ice. He said that he covers everything except for his toes and religiously washes everything.
There is some good news for the team as it was announced that center Eric Giosa is expected to have ice time tonight against Cincinnati. Giosa has missed the past 21 games with an ankle injury.
Matt Kennedy suffered a groin injury in the Kalamazoo win and will not be playing tonight against the Cyclones.