Saturday, August 31, 2019

Thank You, Mary McGee, for your 8th Season of Komets Sponsorship

The Kawartha Komets are thrilled to announce that long-time sponsor, supporter, friend and encourager, Mary McGee, has come forward again before the 2019-2020 season with her sponsorship in memory of her late husband Jack McGee, founder of Jack McGee Chevrolet Cadillac.  

The Komets are preparing to launch our 11th season of "special needs hockey" and this is the 8th year that Mary McGee has partnered with us.  It was our pleasure to visit Mary recently to thank her for her ongoing sponsorship which enables the Komets to continue to BLAZE for another season.

David Fisher
Director of Promotions, Communications and Media Relations
Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program

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 theKawartha 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, August 28, 2019

Kawartha Komets and Northumberland Lions Working Relationship


The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is excited to announce that beginning with the 2019-2020 season we have entered into a working relationship with the Northumberland Lions Special Needs Hockey Program.
The Komets  just celebrated their 10th Anniversary Season with four (4) teams and over 60 players.

The Northumberland Lions just completed their 1st season of special needs hockey, led by Brian Brown, Yvette Lagrois and Dennis Lagrois.  Mr. Brown has since left the Lions organization.

The Kawartha Komets were approached by the Northumberland Lions and following ongoing discussions with the Lagrois family, the Board of Directors of the Komets unanimously approved this new partnership that will benefit both programs.

The Northumberland Lions’ web site states the following:

“SPECIAL NEEDS SHINNY - Players of all ages! No skill level required!

The special needs shinny program is run by the Municipality of Port Hope, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture as per an initiative brought forward by the Accessibility Committee. This program runs at the Jack Burger Sports Complex on Sundays at 4-5pm and is open to special needs patrons of all ages and abilities. For the 2019/2020 season, Five Counties has sponsored the program making it free for all drop in participants. Port Hope Panther players as well as a core group of volunteers will be on hand to assist all participants and ensure a fun, safe and inclusive environment. We are appreciative of the volunteer support offered by the Panthers.

Northumberland Lions Special Needs Hockey Program:

The Northumberland Lions will be renting ice throughout the year for members to participate in practices and games. Team jerseys will be provided for the players.  Ice time has been generously donated by Ontario Truck Training Academy. Ice times will be released shortly. No registration fee!  SOME EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE.  FREE FOR ALL AGES.”

Our Kawartha Komets/Northumberland partnership:

We anticipate that after learning these hockey skills, players will be encouraged, should they desire to do so, to move up to the Kawartha Komets Junior team, the Saturns, where they can further develop and be involved in games and practices on Saturday mornings at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough.

The Kawartha Komets will do everything we can to support and encourage the Lagrois family and the Northumberland Lions Special Needs Hockey Program.

If you are interested in getting involved or if you’d like more information on these special needs hockey programs, please contact:

Yvette Lagrois @ or Carol or David Fisher @

David Fisher
Director of Promotions, Communications and Media Relations
Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program  


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Robert McGregor's Book - A Journey of a Thousand Steps

NOW AVAILABLE -  Robert McGregor's Book - A Journey of a Thousand Steps

Robert McGregor, a goalie with the Kawartha  Komets Junior (Saturns) team has written a book detailing his life story dealing with blindness, 2 kidney transplants and cancer. A compelling story of courage and the strength he found in family, friends, soccer and hockey.

A Journey of a Thousand Steps, softcover, 54 pages. While quantities last, books are available for Kawartha Komets players and others at a pay-what-you-can rate. Regular price: $20.00

To order, please email with your order request. Indicate how many copies you would like, your email and mailing address, phone number and then send a cheque to:

John McGregor, 
808 Birchview Road, 
Douro-Dummer, ON 
K0L 2H0.  

Cheques should be payable to John McGregor. E-transfers are acceptable. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society & the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.

Family, Friends, Fun and Lots of Food at the Komets Annual Picnic

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program's Annual Picnic/BBQ/Potluck and Pool Party was held on Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at Elim Lodge on Pigeon Lake.

Even though the event was held in the middle of vacation time for many of our families and players, we had an excellent turnout.

The facilities at Elim Lodge are amazing and those in attendance could swim, play in the playground, play soccer, football, tennis, bocce ball, ball hockey, beach volleyball or just "hang out".

There was lots of wonderful food, as always, and the day ended as it does each year with an exciting baseball game with parents, staff and board members joining in with the players.

There are too many individuals to thank individually but kudos to everyone who made this annual event a great success!

The Komets were BLAZING...and so was the sun!

Board Members Jim Legon (left) & Kevin Smith

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Kawartha Komets & Electric City Maroon & White Walk Together

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program was asked by the City of Peterborough again this year to be the "Official Flag Bearers" in the Canada Day Parade. We were pleased to have the Electric City Maroon and White Special Needs Hockey Program join us for this event to help carry the flags.  We had a great time, as usual. Many thanks to everyone who participated and to Jim & Sharon Legon for having your classic car in the parade. 

A big THANK YOU to the City of Peterborough for asking us to carry the flags again.  We were so grateful and proud to represent our city, our provinces, our territories and our great country of Canada.

THANK YOU to Lisa Mills, the Komets' Special Events Co-ordinator, for participating in the planning of this event and for keeping those red pails filled with lollipops.

Special thanks to the players who volunteered to carry the flags and those players who handed out the treats.

THANK YOU as well, City of Peterborough, for your generous Community Investment Grants to our program over the last several years.

The Komets and Electric City were BLAZING...together!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Komets Sight-Impaired Goaltender Launches his new Book

Carol and I were honoured today to be invited to the launch of Robert McGregor's recently published book, A Journey of a Thousand Steps. Robert is a sight-impaired goaltender with the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.
In his book, Robert recounts his battle with cancer, a kidney transplant, his vision problems and how he has overcome these obstacles.
Robert's family and many of his friends were on hand at the McGregor cottage to celebrate the occasion.
CONGRATULATIONS, Robert! You have been such an inspiration to so many people including Carol and me and all your Komets teammates, coaches and volunteers. 

We are all so very proud of you, Robert!!!
The author, Robert McGregor
Robert with his Aunt Marg and his father John

Robert with his family members

The Book