Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kawartha Komets Share the Ice with the NHL Alumni

Recently several members of the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program were invited to participate in the annual NHL Alumni Game here in Peterborough that raises funds for Special Olympics

Our players were thrilled to be on the ice with the stars (or former stars). The alumni players signed autographs for the Komets and the fans were able to watch a brief game during the 1st intermission between the blue Komets and the white Komets. We appreciated the opportunity to be involved. It was a great evening.

Getting Autographs Before the Game

Karim Elmedany waits for an Autograph

Our Komets players with coach Kevin Smith

Komets Lined Up with the NHL Alumni

Christopher Greenough with his dad and Walter Gretzky

Kyle Bolton Waiting for a Pass

Kawartha Komets Honour the "Real" Super Heroes

Normally I would have been participating in the Annual Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade this evening but...I enjoyed the festivities in the warmth and comfort of my pyjamas in our living room recovering from my total knee replacement. So...I sat in my La.Z.Boy recliner...taking fuzzy photos, of the TV screen, showing the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program's entry. - David 
Article continued following the photos...

The theme of this year's parade was A Super Hero Christmas. The Komets wanted to recognize and acknowledge the many "real" super heroes in our community including our Police Officers, Paramedics, Fire Fighters and the dozens of local agencies and organizations that support individuals in our city and area.
Our thanks to all the players, parents and staff who joined us for this annual event. We appreciated your support!
Thanks to Lisa Hopkinson Mills, our Special Events Co-ordinator, Adam White, coach and board member, for providing the truck and trailer and Komets Founder, Carol Fisher, for her amazing idea of honouring those who serve us so well. If anyone has better, clear photos, please post them. We'll post a list of all the agencies and organizations that we had placards for...later.
Some of the local "real" Super Heroes that the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program acknowledged and said THANK YOU to are listed below:
Peterborough Police Services
Peterborough Paramedics
Peterborough Fire Services
The Salvation Army
Community Living Peterborough
FASD Peterborough
Five Counties Childrens Centre
FourCast Addiction Services
FRIENDS Peterborough
One Roof Community Diner
The Warming Room
The Brock Mission
Victim Services
Tri County Community Support Services
Alternative Community Program Services
Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough
Autism Ontario Peterborough Chapter
360 Clinic Staff
St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank
Good Neighbours Care Centre
Canadian Mental Health Association
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
These amazing agencies and support organizations do such an great job...serving our community! THANK YOU!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Komets Founder, Carol Fisher, Honoured

Carol Fisher, founder of the Kawartha Komets, was one of a number of Peterborough and area women who were recognized on Saturday evening by our MP, Maryam Monsef, for making a difference in our communities. These women were acknowledged for exemplary, strong and effective leadership. CONGRATULATIONS, Carol! 

Carol has never sought the limelight or recognition but has gone about her many responsibilities with the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program with determination, undying passion and a commitment to make a difference in the lives of our athletes. Well done, Carol! You deserve this honour.

Please click here for more information on this special evening.

Carol with MP Maryam Monsef

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

THANK YOU to Local Businesses

On August 23rd, Mary LaRocque and Marlin Travel celebrated their 14th Anniversary and Customer Appreciation Day.  A charity Bar B Que was held with proceeds going to the Kawartha Komets.  Several businesses were involved and the Komets received $475.00 in total.

We wish to thank our sponsor, Marlin Travel, for including the Komets in their special event again this year.

We also wish to express our gratitude to Primal Cuts, Delectable Fine Foods and ReVAMP Hair Studio for their participation and financial contribution.  We encourage you to patronize these local businesses who support the Kawartha Komets.

It was a great day for everyone involved.  

Thank you again, Mary LaRocque!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Mary McGee Steps Forward Again

The Kawartha Komets are pleased to announce that long-time sponsor, supporter and encourager, Mary McGee, has come forward again with her sponsorship in memory of her late husband Jack McGee, founder of Jack McGee Chevrolet Cadillac.  As the Komets begin our 10th season, we would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. McGee for her ongoing generosity.

The following quotes by Mrs. McGee appeared in an article by Sports Director Mike Davies in the Peterborough Examiner back in 2012 when Mary decided to become the major sponsor for the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program:

"Jack McGee cheered for the underdog and the Kawartha Komets is the type of team he would have supported", says his widow.

That’s why Mary McGee decided to answer the special needs hockey team’s plea for a major sponsor. She has donated $10,000 in memory of Mr. McGee, founder of Jack McGee Chevrolet Cadillac, to help the fledgling team.

“Jack always loved kids and always loved the underdog,” said Mary. “These are the kind of people who sometimes slip through the cracks. I thought this would be a perfect way to remember Jack and to help these people.”

“I’ve been trying to find something to do in memory of Jack and the right thing didn’t seem to come along,” she said. “I thought this sounded like a perfect fit.”

“Jack was always interested in helping kids and sponsoring teams,” she said. “He was always there when someone needed a handout. I can't remember Jack saying ‘no.’ We usually do this anonymously, we have preferred to do it that way, the only reason I told the Fishers it was all right to mention it is because I wanted to do it in memory of Jack. He was a very special man to a lot of people.”

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS, Brandon Vansickle!!!

Brandon Vansickle
Brandon Vansickle, one of our veteran players with the Kawartha Komets, will be on the world's stage next March, representing Canada with Team Canada's soccer team. Brandon, along with Komets' alumnus Dylan Armstrong, will have the opportunity of a lifetime as they compete for our country. 

CONGRATULATIONS to these amazing athletes as they prepare for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (see article here). We're proud of you and wish you the very best!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Peterborough Lions Win Silver in Soccer at Ontario Cup

A big note of CONGRATULATIONS to the Peterborough Lions soccer team who won SILVER at the Ontario Cup this weekend. 
The Lions lost out to Brampton (see earlier post) but we had several Kawartha Komets players on the Lions including John Clark, Quinten Over, Matthew Ludlow, Kyle Johnson, Ryan Blinn, Haley Fowler, Amber Woods, Spencer Knapton-Oakes, Jacob Zitman and Komets alumnus, Gabe McDonald. 
If I missed anyone I'm sure you'll let me know! So proud of all of you! 

Way to go, team!  

Brampton (Team Ontario) Wins Gold...with Brandon and Dylan

So proud of our Kawartha Komets player, Brandon Vansickle, and Komets alumnus, Dylan Armstrong and the Brampton (Team Ontario) soccer team for winning GOLD at the Ontario Cup. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Brandon, back row, third from the left.  Dylan, front row, second from the right.

Brandon and his dad, Robert Krueger

Brandon and his dad, Andrew Snead

Friday, August 24, 2018

Marlin Travel's 14th Anniversary Celebration a Big Success

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program was thrilled and excited to be part of Mary LaRocque and Marlin Travel's 14th Anniversary Celebration and Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, August 23rd.
We will be receiving some of the proceeds from the sale of the BBQ that was put on by Primal Cuts, proceeds from some of the pizzas that were sold by Domino's, some proceeds from the sale of Peterborough Petes t-shirts, some proceeds from the sale of apparel from Marlin Travel's boutique plus proceeds from a few other merchants.
Everyone from the Komets who attended had a great time.
The money we receive from fundraisers like these goes toward the cost of hotel rooms and other tournament expenses plus other items that the Komets provide without cost to our players and families throughout the season. Thank you to all the merchants in the Heritage Plaza that participated in this event. We appreciate everything you did!

Our sincere thanks to the Komets board members, families, players and volunteers who attended. Most of all, THANK YOU to Mary LaRocque and Marlin Travel for your ongoing support and sponsorship of the Kawartha Komets.

Monday, August 20, 2018

COMING SOON...This Thursday at Marlin Travel

Please mark this Thursday, August 23rd on your calendars. 

Mary LaRocque and Marlin Travel will be celebrating their 14th Anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location at 550 Lansdowne Street West. 

Special appearances by members of the Peterborough Petes and Roger the mascot. There will be games, face painting and more. 

A charity BBQ with all proceeds going to the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program. Drop in by Peterborough First Responders. 

Allan Hill from Domino's Pizza will be offering pizzas at an incredible price with $1.00 from each sale going to the Komets!

The Kawartha Komets thank Mary LaRocque and Marlin Travel for their ongoing sponsorship and support of our program!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Two Komets Players Win GOLD at Special Olympics NATIONALS

Two of our Kawartha Komets Senior (Phoenix) players, Brandon Vansickle and Dylan Armstrong, won GOLD medals playing with the Brampton soccer team at the Special Olympics NATIONALS in Antigonish, Nova Scotia!

Another veteran Komets player, Jesse Campbell, won a SILVER medal in bocci ball!  Way to go, Jesse!  We're proud of you!

CONGRATULATIONS, guys!  We're proud of you!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Peterborough Special Olympic athletes & coaches who competed in the Summer Games in Antigonish!  

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Celebrate with Marlin Travel and the Kawartha Komets

Please mark Thursday, August 23rd on your calendars. 

Mary LaRocque and Marlin Travel will be celebrating their 14th Anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location at 550 Lansdowne Street West. 

Special appearances by members of the Peterborough Petes and Roger the mascot. There will be games, face painting and more. 

A charity BBQ with all proceeds going to the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program. Drop in by Peterborough First Responders. 

The Kawartha Komets thank Mary LaRocque and Marlin Travel for their ongoing sponsorship and support of our program!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Register NOW...for the Kawartha Komets' 10th Season!!!

Registration is open NOW for the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program's 10th season.

Registration fees are only $300.00 per season and this includes ice time, referees fees, tournament costs (hotels, registrations, bus transportation), the use of jerseys and socks, special social events, etc. Equipment can be borrowed if needed.

Click on the REGISTRATION tab here on the web site to see (and print) the Registration Form.

We'd love to have you join us as we seek to fulfill our mandate..."Making Dreams Come True."

Please call us at (705) 750-0655 (office) or (705) 868-8825 (cell) if you have any questions!  THANK YOU!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Kawartha Komets and the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers

Colin Gillis-Bateman, Leo the Lakers Mascot and Matthew Ludlow

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program was thrilled to be one of the recipients of the proceeds from the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers Auction of last season's Mann Cup jerseys. 

Thank you to the Lakers for thinking of us! Congratulations as well to Kawartha Food Share, Five Counties Children's Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society who were also recipients of the Lakers' generosity.
David & John Grant Sr. - Lakers Alumni
This generous donation will help us to continue fulfilling our mandate of "Making Dreams Come True" for our athletes.