Sunday, October 16, 2016

Miriam McHugh and Michael Brioux Honoured

Miriam McHugh
 Two of our veteran Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program athletes received some recognition last week when they were presented with special plaques. 

Mike Brioux and Miriam McHugh were honoured as Male and Female Athletes Living With Disabilities in the Peterborough Sports HQ magazine

Michael Brioux
Many thanks to Scott Cherwaty from the Sports HQ magazine and Kevin Ott from Giant Tiger for sponsoring this initiative.

CONGRAULATIONS Miriam and Michael!

Click here for more information on these outstanding athletes. 

Kawartha Komets Launch Season # 8 in Newmarket

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program launched the 2016-2017 season (our 8th) with three games in Newmarket against the Nighthawks

Our Saturns (Juniors), Galaxy and Meteors (two combined Intermediate teams) and the Phoenix (Seniors) all had exciting, enjoyable games against our friends from Newmarket. 

It's always a pleasure to travel to the beautiful Magna Centre and Bob MacKenzie and Mike Young, the Nighthawks convenors, are always excellent hosts. 
Two excited parents...both from Fenelon Falls


One of our excellent, committed volunteers, Josh Reesor

Kate Dykstra gets the last minute details looked after for son Peter

Junior Head Coach, Steve Cole, photo bombed by volunteer, Brianna Ball

Sandy Brown, Komets Treasurer, and Yvette Lagrois, two Komets parents

Senior Komets and Nighthawks congratulate each other

 A great way to start a brand new season..."making dreams come true."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kawartha Komets in the Apsley Voice magazine.

This article appeared in the October 2016 edition of the Apsley Voice.
Why Can’t I Play Hockey?  by Carol Fisher   

Have you ever been asked this question by a child, teen or adult who has never been able to enjoy playing hockey due to various challenges?  Whether it’s an intellectual disability, Autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome or physical barriers to playing hockey, many individuals feel left out…unable to play a game they love. Do you know that there are over forty (40) Special Hockey International (SHI) teams in Canada giving these girls, boys, teens and adults with physical, emotional and/or neurodevelopmental challenges an opportunity to play the great game of hockey?

In April of 2009 I launched the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program in Peterborough so that individuals of varying abilities could achieve their dreams of learning how to play hockey, scoring goals and building relationships with teammates.  The Komets program has now grown to sixty (60) players ranging in age from 6 to 43 with both male & female athletes lacing up their skates every weekend.  This season we will ice four (4) teams, with rosters determined according to ability not age.

We are actively seeking a parent, grandparent, caregiver, support worker or just an individual who is passionate about supporting “special needs individuals” to launch a team in your community or area.  What an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these players.  We have seen the beautiful North Kawartha Community Centre, having played a demonstration game there several years ago.  We have players who come to Peterborough on Saturday mornings to play for the Komets because there is no team in this area.  Some players have stopped making the trip because it’s just too far but they really want to play. They are counting on you to start a team for them.

Playing hockey is just the avenue to help these players learn meaningful life skills needed throughout their lives such as learning how to get along with others, talking to people they don’t know, working as a team, making eye contact and learning to help a struggling teammate. Dealing with loss when you don’t win and helping someone else to score a goal.  

We would like to hear from anyone that would be interested in starting a team in the Bancroft/Apsley area because we know there are individuals in this community and surrounding towns that want an opportunity to realize their dreams of playing hockey for a “real” team.  This program is for players who cannot play in a regular hockey program for whatever reason.  The Kawartha Komets are always looking for teams east of the Greater Toronto Area to play against and your beautiful arena would be a perfect location for this.

We would be more than happy to come alongside anyone wishing to  launch a special needs hockey program in this area.  “Go for it” and give us a call.  You can share in the Kawartha Komets mandate of “Making Dreams Come True”.

Please call Carol Fisher at (705) 750-0655.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kawartha Komets Launch Season # 8

On Saturday, September 24th the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program launched our 8th season of Special Hockey International play.

We have four hours of prime ice time on Saturday mornings at the Evinrude Centre.  It was great to meet our new players and families and get re-acquainted with all our returning players and families.

This year the Komets will have four teams and we have named them as follows:


The Kawartha Komets are Peterborough and area's only special needs hockey program that exclusively offers HOCKEY...geared to special needs girls, boys, teens and adults.  HOCKEY is our game and we do it well.

Thanks for your interest in the Komets!

"Making Dreams Come True" since 2009.

Kawartha Komets Participate in Sports EXPO

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program, preparing to enter our 8th season of play, participated the the Peterborough and Sport & Leisure EXPO on Saturday, September 17th.  

This is the 2nd year that the EXPO has been held to acquaint the public with the many sports and leisure opportunities we have here in Peterborough.

"Making Dreams Come True" for special needs individuals since 2009.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Kawartha Komets Expansion...Looking for New Coaches & On-Ice Volunteers

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program continues to grow and we will have four (4) teams for the upcoming 2016-2017 season...our 8th.

We are looking for some new coaches, on-ice volunteers and others who have a passion to help our players develop both hockey skills and life skills.

For more information or, if you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please e-mail the Kawartha Komets at or call Carol Fisher @ (705) 750-0655 (home) or (705) 868-8825 (cell).  
Thank you for your interest in this very successful hockey program. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Annoucement of Continuing Sponsorship

The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is very pleased to announce that Mary McGee has agreed to sponsor our hockey program for another season...our 8th. 

Mary is sponsoring our successful and growing organization in memory of her late husband, Jack McGee, founder of Jack McGee Chevrolet Cadillac in Peterborough. 

Thank you, Mary, for your ongoing support. 

Our players join us in expressing our thanks!.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Komets Enjoy Annual Summer Picnic/BBQ/Pool Party

The Kawartha Komets enjoyed our Annual Summer Picnic/BBQ/Pool Party at Elim Lodge on Pigeon Lake recently.

A great time was had by all.  Many thanks to board members Lisa Mills and Lorrie Powers for organizing the event and to board member and team trainer Dennis Missios for looking after the cooking.

Seems like everyone had a great time!

Looking forward to Season # 8!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Unique Skating Aid Unveiled

Last Saturday the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program unveiled a unique, new piece of equipment...a Kaye Trainer.
The convenor of another special needs hockey program, Dave Chase of the Valencia SNAP Flyers in California commented, “This device is THE safest way to teach someone how to skate!”
To see the Kaye Trainer in action check out this video clip from the Capital City Condors in Ottawa:


Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Great Opportunity...For Our Community

Bailey Gibson, Roberto Alomar, Spencer Oakes, Justin Monk & John Clark
As many of you know, Carol and I are helping out with a new venture here in Peterborough.
Peterborough Challenger Baseball, our local chapter, was launched by a local man, Bernie Daynes, and the program is being convened by Anita Flynn.  

Several of our Kawartha Komets board members, volunteers and players are involved and we’re enjoying this experience very much. 

Bernie submitted a proposal to the GoEasy Community Project after Canadians were encouraged to submit a project for a chance to win up to $50,000 and transform their community! Here’s what Bernie Daynes and Peterborough Challenger Baseball are proposing to do should we get the most votes.  This information is taken from the GoEasy Community Program web site:

Project Description

Peterborough Challenger Baseball provides a formalized opportunity for special needs children and youth to participate in the game of baseball. Special Needs children and youth of all abilities are assisted and supported by a host of volunteers as they play. The players belong to a league, play on a team, in uniforms and on a real marked baseball diamond. Players with mobility challenges are aided by buddies who help them at bat, running or rolling the bases, and while playing in the field. Parents, family and friends gather on the sidelines cheering and encouraging all of the players. Our project is to create a dedicated baseball diamond for the league, where the facilities are designed and suited for all levels of ability, where the surfaces are soft and safe allowing wheelchairs and walkers to be pushed without difficulty.

How would $50,000 benefit the project

The $50,000.00 prize would be used to help fund the building of an all access baseball diamond, with rubberized base paths, and home plate area. The all access base paths and home plate area would allow participants in the Peterborough Challenger Baseball League the opportunity to safely run, have their wheelchairs operated or pushed, and players using walkers or crutches have the chance to walk on a surface that is supportive and safe to do so. This surface will be unaffected by weather, or landscaping degradation due to drought, rain of frost heaving during the winter.

About the Community

Peterborough is a vibrant and caring community located in the Kawartha Lake region of Ontario. The Challenger Baseball program was welcomed and supported by the community this year without reservation. Our baseball league has created friendships, smiles, tears of joy and memories to last a lifetime for the players, the parents and our proud supporters. Each week during our first season more and more members of the community come out to cheer on our players. The local special needs community has been more than excited to finally see their children playing an organized sport, where fun comes first and competition means the score is measured in smiles.

Peterborough Challenger Baseball was one of the top 10 finalists and now have reached the top 3.  Now it's your turn to get involved!Please click on this link and then vote for the middle project of the three which is entitled… All access baseball for our wonderful players.  Voting is very easy and can be done often. If we should win this contest, the proposed baseball diamond would be used not only for Peterborough Challenger Baseball but for other local groups that would benefit from this type of baseball diamond.

Thank you for your co-operation and support.  Together we can make this happen.  
For the good of the kids,  
David Fisher
Kawartha Komets 
Director of Promotions, Communications and Media Relations