Sunday, November 10, 2013

Komets’ Robert McGregor Realizes His Dream

Komets coach Dale Lowe, Robert McGregor and Rob McFeeters
The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets, Peterborough’s Special Needs Hockey Program, launched season # 5 at the Evinrude Centre on Saturday morning.

The Intermediates Reds took on the Intermediate Whites while the Junior and Senior teams faced off against the Don Mills Diamonds teams in Special Hockey International play.

The Komets’ slogan is “Making Dreams Come True” and many were on hand Saturday to witness a long-standing dream become a reality.

One of the Komets’ Junior goaltenders, Robert McGregor, had a deep-seated desire to don the pads, put on a team jersey and go between the pipes in a scheduled hockey game.

McGregor lost his eyesight when he was three years old but that has not slowed him down with regards to his sports prowess.  McGregor competes in Special Olympics soccer and is an inspiration to both teammates and opponents alike.

When he learned of the Kawartha Komets, McGregor was quick to sign up and share his dream of playing goal.  After practicing with the Komets a week earlier McGregor made his debut on Saturday morning to the cheers of family, friends and teammates.  With the help of two coaches one on each side of him, the rookie goaltender took his place in net, making a number of outstanding saves.  McGregor gave way to the Komets’ Junior goaltender, Jacob Zitman, halfway through the game but returned for the shootout and frustrated many opposing shooters who couldn’t get the puck past him.

Robert and the rest of his Komets teammates, sixty in all, are looking forward to taking on the Peterborough Petes in their MISSION to MICHIGAN fundraising game on Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.  Admission is free but Komets players are seeking donations to help fund their trip to their International Tournament in Michigan next May.

The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets travel to Newmarket this Saturday to take on the Nighthawks and return home to take on the Cambridge Ice Hounds on November 23rd.

For more information on the Kawartha Komets, please e-mail Carol Fisher at

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