The following article, written by Todd Vandonk appeared in Peterborough This Week on Friday, September 14th.
(PETERBOROUGH) The Kawartha Komets special
needs hockey organization received a much needed finanical boost
Wednesday (Sept. 12) in the way of a $1,000 from the Peterborough Minor
Hockey Council (PMHC).
PMHC president Walter DiClemente presented the cheque to Komets'
organizers David and Carol Fisher at East Side Mario's, officially
naming the Komets their charity of choice for the 2012/13 season.
Wednesday's cheque was the first of three $1,000 donations that the PHC
will donate to the Komets this season.
"It is an organization that AAA Petes really respect," explains DiClemente.
"It is a terrific venture that Carol and David have put together for kids with disabilities to play hockey."
The Komets are entering their fourth season in Peterborough,
providing an opportunity for boys and girls, teens and adults, with
physical, emotional or neurodevelopmental challenges to play Canada's
game. "This will help our program that much more," explains Fisher.
"We're going to have three teams -- junior, intermediate and senior
-- and 55 players with 13 new ones signed up. It is going to be a fun
year for us."
Wednesday's press conference was also held to kick start the Pat
Larock Memorial Early Bird Tournament to be held in Peterborough this
weekend. The tournament features 45 atom and novice teams from across
the province. The PMHC renamed the tournament in honour of Larock, who
volunteered with minor hockey for more than 50 years. Larock died in May
2011. "Pat was Peterborough hockey." says DiClemente.
"It was all about the kids for Pat. His spirit will be on the ice with the kids this weekend for sure."
The Komets are still looking for volunteers for the up coming season.
If interested pleased contact the Fisher family at 705-750-0655.