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.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Kawartha Komets & Special Olympics Ontario School Championships

The last few days have been a flurry of activity for Special Olympians here in Peterborough for the Special Olympics Ontario School Championships. Many of our Kawartha Komets players, siblings and alumni were involved and many won medals. I've attached photos taken by some of our Komets parents and some that I took at the very impressive Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday evening. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all these incredible athletes. Participants included a parent - Robert Krueger (volunteer), parent - Andrew Snead (volunteer), parents - Tom McHugh and Cathy Flindall (volunteers with closing ceremonies and dance), parent - Elaine Oakes (volunteer - registration and closing ceremonies), sibling Courtney Clark, alumni Komets, Tyson Ham, Megan Chatterton, Brianna Middleton, David Moorcroft and Gabe McDonald and current Komets players Brandon Vansickle (officiating in floor hockey and Honourary DJ with Much Music), Karim Elmedany, Spencer Knapton-Oakes, Justin Monk, Miriam & Gillian McHugh, Ashlee & Amber Woods-Armstrong, Jesse Campbell (volunteering as a floor hockey officicial) and Quinten Over (volunteering as a floor hockey time keeper).  We just found out that Matthew Ludlow was a last-minute addition to a basketball team.

Here are some of the accomplishments of our Kawartha Komets players and alumni:

Karim Elmedany, Gillian and Miriam McHugh - Gold Medal for Holy Cross floor hockey - Unified division

Spencer Knapton-Oakes - Gold Medal for Adam Scott CVI basketball

Courtney Clark - Holy Cross - Gold medal for long jump, Gold medal for shotput, Silver medal for 50 meter race, Silver medal for 100 meter race.  

Amber Woods-Armstrong - Holy Cross - Silver medal for standing long jump, Silver medal for shotput

Ashlee Woods-Armstrong - Gold Medal for Holy Cross Floor hockey

Note: If we have missed anyone or any of the accomplishments we will add them as soon as we are made aware of them.
Opening Ceremonies at Peterborough Memorial Centre

Courtney Clark & Karim Elmedany

Planet L (Next Generation Leahy) Performing

Justin Monk (left) - Komets Player

Miriam McHugh (left) with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario


Robert Krueger - Komets Parent

Komets Alumni - Gabe McDonald

Komets Alumni - Brianna Middleton

Courtney Clark - Sister of Komets Player, John Clark

Megan Chatterton - Komets Alumni


Judi and Courtney Clark

Spencer Knapton-Oakes - Komets Player

Adam Scott Basketball Team

Holy Cross Floor Hockey Team

Brandon Vansickle - Komets Player (Floor Hockey Official)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Komets Celebrate Season # 9 at Year-End Banquet

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program celebrated the completion of our 9th season of Special Hockey International play on Saturday, May 12th.

The Annual Year-End Banquet and Trophy Presentation took place at Rhema Christian School and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Jason Chessar from J's Magic put on a great show for the kids and they were spellbound by his tricks.

Every player received a trophy to acknowledge their accomplishments over the past season.

Adam White, Phoenix (Seniors) Head Coach, was honoured for his six (6) years of faithful dedication to the Komets program.  Jeff Botuik, Galaxy (Intermediate # 1) Head Coach, was recognized for five years of commitment to the Komets.  Jeff Reesor and Brianna Ball were also honoured for their volunteer work with the team.  Brianna has helped out with our Junior program for many years.  Recently Josh has been Robert McGregor's eyes (Robert, one of our Junior goaltenders, is blind and underwent a successful kidney transplant last October).

Many thanks to Lisa Mills, the Komets' Special Events Co-ordinator, for all the work she put into the banquet again this year.  A big THANK YOU to all her helpers as well!

The Komets were BLAZING!!!


Alexander Buchahim and Jason Chessar


Carol Fisher, Executive Director, and Josh Reesor

Joanne Haacke (Junior Assistant Coach) with Karim Elmedany and Kevin Smith (Junior Head Coach)

Robert McGregor with his two coaches

Kailey Polson with Galaxy Head Coach, Jeff Botuik

Chris Librock with his Head Coach

Spencer Knapton-Oakes with Phoenix Head Coach, Adam White

Michael Johnston with his Head Coach

             Stone Shearer, Meteors (Intermediate # 2) player, with Adam White

Thursday, May 3, 2018

THANK YOU...City of Peterborough

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program wishes to express our gratitude to the City of Peterborough for the Community Investment Grant of $6,000 which we received recently.

This grant will help us to facilitate the ongoing growth of our special needs hockey program as we seek to fulfill our mandate of "Making Dreams Come True".

THANK YOU again for your assistance.

Sincerely,

The players, families, coaches, volunteers, trainers, bench support staff and board members of the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Peterborough Goalie Blocks Challenge After Challenge


With assistance from guide Josh Reesor, Kawartha Komets goalie Robert McGregor plays Saturday March 10, 2018 at Evinrude Centre Leon's Pad in Peterborough, Ont. Robert, who is blind, recently returned to playing goal after receiving a life-saving kidney transplant from his father John. - Clifford Skarstedt/Examiner

Whether it's been blindness, cognitive challenges, cancer or two kidney transplants, he tackles each obstacle with quiet determination!


As a hockey goalie, Robert McGregor's role is to be an obstacle for shooters, but off the ice he's overcome obstacles all his life.
Whether it's been blindness, cognitive challenges, cancer or two kidney transplants, McGregor tackles each obstacle with quiet determination.
When he went into the hospital in October for his second kidney transplant - this time the donor was his father, John - Robert's goal was to get back in the net for the Jack McGee Kawartha Komets special needs hockey team as soon as possible.
In the 2013-14 season, McGregor, 29, who had his first kidney transplant at age four, never missed a practice or game while undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This time he was sidelined for more than three months after his October surgery.
"It sure felt good to get back out there," he said following a Komets game Saturday at the Evinrude Centre. "I set a date I wanted to return to see if I could do it. Going for any type of surgery everyone has their own concerns and one of the questions I asked the doctors is whether I'd be able to play hockey again."
"Rob, without a doubt, has had major challenges," said John McGregor. "Each time he's risen to the occasion. The attitude is he wanted to do it and he could do it and he was going to try to do it. That's very positive and any way I could support that I was going to."
It's been an emotional experience for the father and son.
"There is no doubt it was emotional. There is a part of me which is a part of my son," said John. "My kidney is working inside Rob and it has brought him some health. I am unbelievably thankful."
Josh Reesor has volunteered with the Komets for three years and serves as Robert's sighted guide when he is in net. He says Robert has been an inspiration.
"The passion and enthusiasm he brings to get himself back here is amazing and it's super-infectious," said Reesor. "It was clear how much it meant to the rest of the team to see him come back the first time. Walking into the room everyone's face lit up and there was an extra energy."
Carol Fisher, who founded the Komets with her husband David, said Robert is a positive role model.
"Robert is an amazing young man who has real fortitude," she said. "He's very focused and very positive. He always speaks positively that he will not be defeated by anything. It's really incredible."
Fisher has dealt with cancer and other health issues in the past year and says, "Robert is a good example for me. He really gives me motivation and courage to face some of the challenges I face."
John McGregor admits doctors were hesitant to approve Robert's return to hockey.
"They wanted to make sure Rob had a lot of padding," said John. "They were nervous because the transplanted kidney is in the front in the abdomen and you don't want to take a blow there."
Once they saw how much hockey improved Robert's mental wellness they became more supportive, said John, who was also worried.
"I want Robert to be happy and I'm really, really pleased my kidney can work so well in Robert," he said. "This is a miracle that I'm here having donated a kidney and my son is back playing hockey which he loves doing. I'm back playing squash. It took me a while but by January I was back doing whatever I wanted."
Robert has a message for others going through health issues.
"Stay strong and try to keep your head up and hope," he said. "If anything, hope has kept me going. Try to hold onto hope in any kind of form you can."
John McGregor also encourages others to consider organ donation.
"I'm really thankful for our whole health system that this miracle of transplantation took place for my son," he said. "I'd like to encourage anyone else who finds themselves in this situation, that, yes, you can donate a kidney. It's amazing that we can exist quite healthy and happy on one kidney. I'm a strong proponent for kidney donation so sign those donor cards. The waiting list for Robert would have been four years if I had not been a match."

Mike.Davies@peterboroughdaily.com


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Komets Kick Off March Break with Dylan Wells

March Break will be a busy week for the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.  On Monday, March 12th from 11:15 to 12:15 there will be a Meet, Greet and Skate with Peterborough Petes goaltender and Edmonton Oilers draft pick Dylan Wells at the Evinrude Centre.

All Komets players are invited to come out and have a great time.  Pete Dalliday from Fresh Radio 100.5 will be on hand to provide the tunes.  Other media personalities might be there as well.

Roger, the Petes mascot will be there showing everyone his skating skills.

We encourage you to come out and kick off your week with Dylan Wells.

Our special thanks to Mary LaRocque of Marlin Travel for putting this event together.  Her sponsorship is appreciated more than we can express.

See you there!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Special Olympics St. Patrick's Day Dance for Kawartha Komets

The Special Olympics Dance on Friday, March 16th will have a St. Patrick's Day theme and everyone is encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and come dressed in GREEN.

All proceeds from this special evening will go to the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.




Music and special lighting...as always...will be provided by BAR NONE DJ SERVICES.  They always do an excellent job.

EVERYONE WELCOME!  Come on out for a great evening of FUN!!!

Peterborough Century 21 Lakers Support the Komets

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers lacrosse team has announced an online auction of the game-worn jerseys that the players wore when they won the prestigious Mann Cup in 2017.

Proceeds from the auction will go to three worthy causes, the Kawartha Food Share, Five Counties Children's Centre and the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.

The Komets were thrilled to be named as one of the recipients of the proceeds.

Many thanks to the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers for thinking of us.

Please click on this link for more information.  

Sunday, February 4, 2018

PETES NIGHT FUNDRAISER...A HUGE SUCCESS

Our Kawartha Komets PETES NIGHT FUNDRAISER was a HUGE success.  The Komets looked after the CHUCK-A-PUCK contest and held a SILENT AUCTION in the front lobby of the Peterborough Memorial Centre at the Peterborough Petes game vs. the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday, February 1st, 2018.  Approximately $4,000 was raised to help send our players to their KIP FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT in Kitchener from February 16th - 18th, 2018.

Our community really stepped up with very generous donations for our SILENT AUCTION!  Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who supported the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.



Lansdowne St. West

































Lakefield Road







Riverside Grill































CHUB & NIKKI'S Lansdowne St. West
















Gerri's Arts & Crafts


East Peterborough Lions Club

Our sincere thanks for your generous donations which made our evening a HUGE success!