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Comets Player And Team Placement Information
posted 04/17/2014
 

Comets player and team placement information for the 2014/15 season is expected to be provided via this website by Sunday, April 27. Player team assignments will be placed in the 'Tryout Results' section of this website.

Instructions will immediately follow via this website regarding how to register the player for the team on which he/she was placed. 


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Free CPR/AED Classes From Natick Fire Department
posted 04/14/2014
 

Comets Director of Safety Chris Collins would like to provide information regarding free CPR/AED classes in April, May, and June in Natick.  Please see the program information below if you are interested in attending one of the training sessions.

Do you want or need a CPR certification?  The Natick Fire Department CPR team is holding free American Heart Association bystander CPR certification (not healthcare provider level) and AED training.  The training will help attendees know what to do in a cardiac emergency while you are at the rink or anyplace else.  You never know when you will need it. 

Classes, listed below, run about two and a half to three hours.  In the end, you will get a CPR certification that is good for two years.  Any Natick Comets coach or assistant coach (whether they are from Natick or not) can take the class as well as any parent, player or sibling living in Natick.  For more information or to sign up, please email Ron Downing with the Natick Fire Department at

- Wednesday, April 30, 3:30pm – 6pm


- Tuesday, May 13, 6:30pm – 9pm


- Thursday, May 15, 3:30pm – 6pm


- Sunday, June 1, 1pm – 3:30pm


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Boys And Girls Natick Summer Hockey Skills
posted 04/13/2014
 

This spring and summer 2014, Natick Comets U14 head coach Bruce Ihloff is running an ice hockey skills program.  The program is weekly at the William Chase Arena in Natick.  Please below and the program flyer for additional program information.

The spring and summer session dates and times per age level are the following:

Mite and Squirt:  Wednesdays, May 7 – August 27 at 5:40 PM

Pee Wee and Bantam:  Mondays, May 5 – August 25 at 6:40 PM

Girls U10 and U12:  Thursdays, May 1 – August 28 at 7:10 PM

Girls U14 and U18:  Thursdays, May 1 – August 28 at 8:10 PM

The weekly skills sessions are designed to keep a player skating during the off-season and to improve their playing ability by providing 50 minutes of on-ice training per week.  Skills sessions will focus on the following:

Skating

- Edges (inside and outside)

- Backward (including crossovers)

- Long striding for speed and power

- Balance and agility

- Starts, acceleration, and stops

- Pivot transitions (front to back – back to front)

Stick and Shooting Skills

- Stick handling and puck control

- Shooting  

- Passing 

 

This skills program is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Natick Comets


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Canadian Hockey Academy Natick Summer Camp Information
posted 04/12/2014
 

Each year the Canadian Hockey Academy is kind enough to provide a hockey camp donation for the Comets silent auction event and has provided the Comets reduced tuition camps over the years.

The Canadian Hockey Academy is running a summer camp in August in Natick. If you are interested, please see the camp flyer and you can visit the Academy's website at www.canadianhockeyacademy.com for additional information on this and other programs the Academy runs.


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Comets Squirt C Team - 2013/14 Season
posted 04/06/2014
 
Comets Squirt C Team
 
Mass. District 8 State Champions
 
Valley Hockey League Squirt AA Central National Champions
 
On Sunday, April 6th, the Squirt C team, the seventh seeded Valley Hockey League (VHL) Central National Champions, faced off against Seacoast, the one seeded VHL Central American champions, for the Central AA Division Title.  Scoring just 12 seconds into the game, the Comets never looked back.  By the end of the first period, Natick was up 2-0.   Natick added another goal in the second period and was looking strong going into the third.  Natick let up one goal with 5 minutes left in the third period.  But the team held strong and pulled out the victory 3-1.
 
Pictured in championship photo below are Squirt C team members: Noah Czech, Ryan Coyle, Nick Haswell, Regan Foley, Gavin Wilson, Nicholas Gilbert, Alex Breton, Jack Khodarahmi, Jason Christlieb, Jaidyn Anderson, Tristan Storey, Laini Schneider, Chris Moriarty, Pete Langan, Connor O'Sullivan, and Timmy Cushing.  Comets Coaches: Scott Christlieb, Pat Haswell, Steeve Breton and John Khodarahmi.  
 

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Comets Pee Wee Teams Division Championship Runner Up
posted 04/06/2014
 

Comets Pee Wee A Team 

Valley Hockey League Pee Wee North American AAA Championship Runner Up

Comets Pee Wee B Team 

Valley Hockey League Pee Wee South National AA Championship Runner Up

 


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2014/15 Season Travel Team Tryout Registration
posted 04/04/2014
 

?Registration for Natick Comets tryout sessions for travel team player placement for the 2014/15 season is closed

Please read this entire section for tryouts information and registration steps. Please follow the steps below for a successful registration for tryout sessions. 

At the bottom of this tryout information section is the tryout schedule for youth, girls, and goalie players.

If you are interested in helping to coach a team (head coach or assistant) for the 2014/15 season, please see the website post below titled 'Comets Travel Team Coach Applications For 2014/15 Season' and follow the steps to complete an application.

STEP 1 – REVIEW TRYOUT INFORMATION

IMPORTANT:  Please read each item below carefully to ensure an understanding of the registration tryout fee, registration due dates, age level classifications for teams, the season tuition cost, tryout session dates, and how to register online.

 Each registered tryout participant must pay a $250 tryout fee in advance of going on the ice for the first tryout session. For Mite and all Girls levels who have two tryout sessions, $200 of the tryout will be applied toward the tuition cost for the 2014/15 season.  For Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget levels, $150 of the tryout fee will be applied toward the tuition cost. The tryout fee can be paid online via credit card or via check. Instructions on paying online and via check can be reviewed when registering the player. The tryout fee must be paid prior to the player participating in tryouts.

 Online registration completion and due dates are the following:

Goalie (Youth and Girls):  Closed
Youth Mite:  Closed
Youth Squirt : Closed
Youth Pee Wee:  Closed
Youth Bantam:  Closed
Youth Midget:  Closed
U10 Girls: Closed
U12 Girls:  Closed
U14 Girls:  Closed
U18 Girls:  Closed

NOTE:  Tryout registration due dates are one day prior to the first date of the age level on-ice tryout. 
 
 The age level classification and birth years for registration can be seen below.  IMPORTANT: When registering, please ensure your register for the correct age level designation by birth year.

Youth Mite - 2006 and 2007 Birth Years
Youth Squirt – 2004 and 2005 Birth Years
Youth Pee Wee – 2002 and 2003 Birth Years
Youth Bantam – 2000 and 2001 Birth Years
Youth Midget – 1996 thru 1999 Birth Years
U10 Girls – 2004 thru 2007 Birth Years
U12 Girls – 2002 and 2003 Birth Years
U14 Girls – 2000 and 2001 Birth Years
U18 Girls – 1996 thru 1999 Birth Years?

 2014/15 season travel tuition per player is the following:
 
Youth Mite                        $1,000 
Youth Midget                    $500
Girls U18                          $500
Youth SQ, PW, BN           $1325
U10, U12, U14 Girls        $1250
Goalie                                Goalies on youth (Squirt through Midget levels) and girls teams (U10 through U18) who try out and are placed on a team as a full time goalie will be offered a 50% tuition discount for the 2014/15 season. This discount requires signing a contract to play as a full time goalie on a Comets team for the duration of the season.

STEP 2 - PERFORM ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE APPROPRIATE AGE LEVEL

Click on the  button seen on this page to initiate the online registration process. You will be creating a guardian and player participant account. If you already have a Comets online account, use your existing account credentials (login and password) to access your account and then register for tryouts. IMPORTANT: When registering, please ensure your register for the correct age level designation by birth year.

STEP 3 – COMPLETE THREE TRYOUT REGISTRATION FORMS

In addition to registering the player online via this site, three forms must also be completed and submitted. There are two online forms and one hardcopy form to complete and return to the Comets registrar for the tryouts. The below three forms are to be completed as part of the registration process.

Note; Clicking on the two electronic form links below opens a new web browser tab or window. After submitting the electronic form, the tab or window can be closed and you may return to this site to complete the next required form.

Participant Code Of Conduct  (electronic form to be completed and submitted online – click on the form link to complete)

Player And Parent Awareness Acknowledgment  (electronic form to be completed and submitted online – click on the form link to complete)

Consent To Treat/Medical History (this document is to be downloaded, printed, completed, and provided to the Comets registrar in hard copy format at the tryout check-in table the first tryout session for the participant). This completed document will be provided to each head coach for their respective team for the 2014/15 season and each coach will have the copies during practices and games.

STEP 4 – ANNOUNCEMENT OF PLAYER TO TEAM PLACEMENT

The Comets intend to provide player team placement results online via this site under the 'Tryout Results' section.

Should you have any questions about the Comets tryouts registration process, please e-mail the Comets Registrar at   


Tryout Schedule

The tryout schedule below is sorted by age level alphabetically. The 'Notes' section per the schedule reflects the last name letter for which tryout the skater is to attend and the subsequent groupings which will be announced and posted to this website after each tryout session. Youth Mite level and girls U10 through U18
age levels have two tryout sessions. 

Please find the appropriate age level below for your son or daughter to review when tryouts commence. Note that goalies have their own tryout session which is on Monday, March 10. All goalies (youth and girls) should attend the goalie session and may also be asked to also attend their respective age level team tryouts.

The player trying out is expected to attend all tryout sessions for his/her applicable age level.

Please note below the Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level tryout session date and time changes in red font.
 

Day Start Date Start Time End Time Team Notes
 Thu  3/20 7:10 PM 8:00 PM Bantam A-H
 Thu  3/20 8:10 PM 9:00 PM Bantam I-Z
 Thu 3/27 6:10 PM 7:00 PM Bantam Group 1
 Thu 3/27 7:10 PM 8:00 PM Bantam Group 2
 Thu 4/3 6:10 PM 7:00 PM Bantam Group 1
 Thu 4/3 7:10 PM 8:00 PM Bantam Group 2
           
 Mon  3/24 8:40 PM 9:30 PM Midget  
 Thu 3/27 8:10 PM 9:00 PM Midget  
 Thu  4/3 8:10 PM 9:00 PM Midget  
           
 Mon  3/3 6:40 PM 7:30 PM Mite  
 Thu  3/13 5:10 PM 6:00 PM Mite  
           
 Wed  3/19 6:40 PM 7:30 PM PeeWee A-H
 Wed  3/19 7:40 PM 8:30 PM PeeWee I-Z
 Mon  3/24 6:40 PM 7:30 PM PeeWee Group 1
 Mon  3/24 7:40 PM 8:30 PM PeeWee Group 2
Wed 3/26 6:00 PM 7:10 PM PeeWee Group 1
Wed 3/26 7:20 PM 8:30 PM PeeWee Group 2
           
 Thu  3/6 5:10 PM 6:00 PM Squirt A-H
 Thu  3/6 6:10 PM 7:00 PM Squirt I-Z
 Wed  3/12 5:40 PM 6:30 PM Squirt Group 1
 Wed  3/12 6:40 PM 7:30 PM Squirt Group 2
 Mon  3/17 6:40 PM 7:30 PM Squirt Group 1
 Mon  3/17 7:40 PM 8:30 PM Squirt Group 2
           
 Thu  2/27 7:10 PM 8:00 PM U10  
 Tue  3/4 6:40 PM 7:30 PM U10  
           
 Thu  2/27 7:10 PM 8:00 PM U12  
 Tue  3/4 7:40 PM 8:30 PM U12  
           
 Mon  3/3 7:40 PM 8:30 PM U14  
 Thu  3/13 6:10 PM 7:00 PM U14  
           
 Thu  2/27 8:10 PM 9:00 PM U18  
 Tue  3/4 8:40 PM 9:30 PM U18  
           
Mon 3/10 6:40 PM 8:30 PM Goalie  

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Mite A Team Wins VHL North American AA Champsionship
posted 03/29/2014
 

The Comets Mite A team is the 2014 Mite Valley Hockey League AA North American Division Champions. The Mites came from behind to edge out number one Winchester 3-2 in the semi final game and dominated Brookline in the championship game with a score of 5-2. In the championship game, the Mites took an early lead thanks to Nathan Nardelli with two first period goals followed by another Joey Perdoni hat trick. Congratulations to the Comets Mite A team for it championship victory.

Comets Mite A - Valley Hockey League AA North American Division Champions


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Comets Pee Wee C Team Wins Tournament Bronze Medal
posted 03/07/2014
 
The Comets Pee Wee C team  recently competed in the March Showdown tournament in Portland, Maine. Our Comets fought hard, achieving a 3-1-1 record in a crowded and tough division in the tournament. The team's huge effort paid off as they advanced to a medal championship round and won the bronze medal. Thank you to Dianne Cassidy for organizing the trip to Maine and all the associated logistics. Way to go boys with a great tournament effort.
 
Comets Pee Wee C - March Showdown Bronze Medal Recipients
 

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Mite A Team Wins Tournament Championship
posted 02/24/2014
 
The Comets Mite A team won the Kevin P. Williamson Mite Tournament in Falmouth, Mass. the weekend of February 21.  The Mites beat an undefeated Ludlow team with a score of 6-2 in the championship final.  
 
Comets Mite A - Kevin Williamson Mite Tournament Champions
 

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Comets Pee Wee C Team Visits NESN Studio
posted 01/29/2014
 
The Comets Pee Wee C team visited the NESN studio for the pre-game show prior to the Bruins game on Saturday, January 25 versus Philadelphia.  Team players asked the Bruins players questions and were part of the live show prior to the Bruins game.
 
Comets Pee Wee C Team Visits NESN Studio Prior To Bruins Game
 

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Comets Squirt C Team Wins Mass. State Playoff Game
posted 01/22/2014
 
On Monday, January 20, the Comets Squirt C team took on Framingham in a Mass. state playoff game for the right to move on in the state tournament in March.  Strong goaltending and excellent passing combined to give the Comets a 3-0 victory for the Division 8 Championship. Congratulations!
 
Comets Squirt C - Mass. State Playoff Win
 

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Comets Squirt B - 2014 Freeze Out Tournament Champions
posted 01/22/2014
 
The Comets Squirt B team won the 2014 Western Mass Freeze Out Tournament at Amherst the weekend of January 17-19.  The team was undefeated going into the Sunday championship game.  In the final game, Natick won 3-1 against the Southern Stars from Milford, CT to earn the tournament trophy.

Front: Brady Butler, Quinn Pinkham, Raffaele Bauer, Craig Stephenson, Henry Nemitz, Nicky Miceli
Back: Drew Wallace, J.D. Cogliano, Logan Knapp, Will Fosberg, Michael Fair, Jack McNealy
Coaches: Sean Pinkham, Mark Knapp, Mike Knapp, Chuck Nemitz
missing from picture:  Derek Ghilani, Ryan Jewett, Bruno Tavilla
 
Comets Squirt B - Western Mass Freeze Out Tournament Champions
 

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Comets U12 Girls - Bill Chase Tournament Champions
posted 01/22/2014
 
What a weekend for the Comets U12 girls team!  They went 3-0 in our own Bill Chase Tournament over MLK Jr. weekend to win the championship defeating Newton, Lexington-Bedford and then Newton again in the championship game.  The Comets only allowed one goal against in the three games.

Then on Monday, January 20, the Comets U12 girls faced off against the girls from Nashoba in a playdown game to qualify for the Mass. state tournament in March. It was a hard fought battle and the Comets came away with a 2-1 victory and are headed for the state tournament in March.
 
Comets U12 Girls - Bill Chase Tournament Champions
 

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Comets U10 Girls - Bill Chase Tournament Runner Up
posted 01/21/2014
 
Comets U10 Girls - Bill Chase Tournament Runner Up
 

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Comets Squirt Player All-Star Selections
posted 12/11/2013
 
The Comets would like to congratulate three Squirt level players who were chosen to participate in the Valley Hockey League (VHL) All-Star League.  Those selected were the following:
 
James Carr
Jack Gerstein
Bill Mullahy
 
The All-Star League is designed to offer a high-level playing experience for Squirt players and features 4 teams representing the North, South, East and West.  There will be a 12 game all-star schedule from December through March.  The games will be scheduled so that there are no conflicts with existing VHL schedules.
 

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U14 Girls Win Walpole Thanksgiving Tournament
posted 12/02/2013
 
The Comets girls U14 team won the Walpole Thanksgiving Tournament the weekend of November 29.  The girls won their first game of the tournament and tied next next two games to earn 4 points and the right to face the Maine Gladiators in the Sunday championship game.  In the final game, Natick prevailed 5-1 and took home the tournament trophy for the U14 A team level.  Over the 4 tournament games, the Natick girls played terrific defense with great goaltending in letting up only 3 goals.  

Comets U14 Girls - Walpole Thanksgiving Tournament Champions
 


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USA Hockey Heads Up Reminder To Reduce Injuries
posted 12/01/2013
 
The Comets are reminding all skaters and parents regarding USA Hockey's 'Heads Up Hockey' program initiative designed to reduce the risk of neck injuries. 

Please see the USA Hockey YouTube video (about 4 minutes in length) via this link to review 'Heads Up Hockey' principles. 

Please also see the USA Hockey website for overall program information via this link

The Comets believe it is worth while to have all skaters at least review the YouTube video.  4 minutes of investment can make a tremendous difference to keep skaters safe when on the ice.
 

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Comets Bantam A Team Wins Nauset Cup
posted 11/12/2013
 
The Natick Bantam A team went down to Orleans, MA to play in the Nauset Cup. This tournament had a few town teams but also had select and state teams in it so the competition was excellent . In the first game against the Hurricanes of Hyannis, Natick put themselves in a bad position in the tournament by loosing 4-1. In the second game, the Natick boys buckled down and beat the local Barstable team 2-0 .

"We out skated the local guys in the second game" said coach Dan O'Connell. "We had energy which is something we were missing in the first game."

In the third game, the Comets faced a hard-hitting Breakers team and Natick used speed, passing, and riding a hot goalie Nick Ricardi to win the game. The team netted 5 goals en route to shutting out the Breakers.

In the final game of the tournament, Natick played Yarmouth-Dennis' state play down team.  The team comprised Bantam and Midget level skaters. Yarmouth-Dennis had not lost a game yet in the tournament and was stingy with allowing only 3 goals against them. The championship game was hard hitting and fast paced.  Natick's defense, offense, and goal keeper did what they had to do to win, shutting out a good Yarmouth-Dennis team 2-0 to win the championship and the cup.
 
Bantam A Team - Nauset Cup Champions
 

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Comets Travel Teams Ice Schedule Information
posted 10/27/2013
 
In an effort to alleviate some frustration with the timing of the posting of the practice schedule, we would like to provide some background information.  To make sure that the practice schedule is fair to all teams, the Valley Hockey League (Boys) and Middlesex Yankee Conference League (Girls) leagues must first post their game schedules.  This season the Comets (and other programs) have seen delays in posting these schedules, especially for Mites and Midgets.    
 
This season’s schedule also incorporates more specialized practices such as skills, goalie clinics, and checking/body positioning clinics which, while beneficial, cannot be adjusted.  In addition, we try to rotate teams through the least desirable practice hours as best we can.  Lastly, playdown games have started and the receipt of these schedules also needs to be taken into consideration prior to committing to a practice schedule for Comets teams.
 
The conclusion of the parity round for the Valley Hockey League and the posting of the remaining Midget games should help streamline the flow of information.  While we strive to post practices as far ahead of time as possible, we are also aware that posting without all the needed information would later result in date/time changes for multiple teams and cause confusion.  Every effort is made to quickly post the practice schedule as soon as all the information is available to us.

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Comets Summer Newsletter
posted 08/22/2013
 
As we prepare for the start of the Comets 2013/14 hockey season, please see the summer newsletter. The newsletter serves as an information resource on Comets activities and programs for the coming season.  The newsletter contains important information about the annual skate swap, skill development and house league programs, volunteer opportunities, coaching opportunities and coach clinics, and other important program information.

During the course of the season, please continue to check this website as it will serve as the main communication channel for the Comets.
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Comets New Jersey Sponsorship Opportunity
by natickcomets posted 07/17/2013
 
Dear Prospective Sponsor:
 
The Natick Comets Hockey Club is an all volunteer organization that was started in 1952 and
now has over 600 children playing in our Skill Development, House League, and boys/girls
Travel programs. Our core towns are Natick, Wayland, and Sherborn but we also have athletes
from many towns including Dover, Wellesley and Weston. Our foremost goal is to provide a
positive skating, hockey and social experience for each participant emphasizing sportsmanship
and team play.
 
In order to keep our program affordable to the families in our community we need your help. We
are reaching out to local businesses in an effort to generate corporate sponsorship funds for our
new uniforms. Game jerseys are a very expensive part of the program and our corporate
sponsorship program helps to keep the tuition cost down. We have used our current jerseys for
more than seven seasons and it’s time to replace them.
 
The goal for the new travel jerseys is 5-6 years of useful life beginning with the 2013-2014
season which starts in August and runs through April. Our travel sponsorship plan is to provide
each team with 40 shirts total (home and away) at a cost of $1,500 per individual set (home or
away) or $2,800 total (reduced cost for 40 shirts). In order to have the jerseys ready by the start
of the season, we hope to have sponsors commit by August 1.
 
In return for your sponsorship you can expect the following:
 
  • Your company name printed on the game jersey
  • Your company name displayed prominently on our team photo board located within the rink (William Chase Arena in Natick)
  • Recognition of your sponsorship on the Comets website as well as a description of yourbusiness/services and a link to your corporate website for five years
  • Recognition of your support by the 500 families in the Comets community
  • Team photograph with letter
  • Deductible business expense – we are a 501(c)(3) corporation (tax ID number available upon request)
  • Knowledge that you are helping a volunteer organization that is dedicated to children
  • Thank you for your generous support.
Sincerely,
 
Rosemarie Schneider, Director of Fundraising
 

 
508-655-4358
 
Sponsorship Committee: David Camacho, John Drew, Rosemarie Schneider, Wendy Tulman
 

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Comets Fourth Of July Parade Participation
posted 07/08/2013
 
In the Natick Fourth of July Parade, 40 people represented the Comets on the parade route from Building 19 in Natick to the Natick town center.  Many of the child participants enjoyed the opportunity to roller blade on Route 27, hand out candy to parade attendees, and represent the Comets.
 
       
 
  

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Natick Kiwanis Contribution To The Comets
posted 07/02/2013
 
Ross Rodino of the Natick MetroWest Kiwanis presented a check to Comets Director of Safety Chris Collins and the Natick Comets in the amount of $1,100. The donation represents two years, this year and last, and is intended to help support the Comets’ efforts towards head trauma and concussion prevention. The Kiwanis received funding for their donation through a grant from the Perry Henderson Foundation. Thank you to the Natick Kiwanis for its generous contribution to the Natick Comets.
 

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Comets Travel Team Player Assignment Registration Information
posted 04/24/2013
 
Congratulations to those players who have been selected to play on a Comets travel team for the 2013/14 season. The next step in the registration process is for members to secure their team placement by registering online via this site by May 1 and making the appropriate first tuition payment due May 1 (second payment is due August 1). Please register online via this site and click on ‘Register Now’ as seen to your right on this page. When in the registration section, scroll to select the appropriate team to register with. 

IMPORTANT:  For goalies, please note there are three separate registration options (Youth ::: Midget/U18 ::: U10 Thru U14) to use and please do not register with your assigned team.  Please scroll all the way to the bottom of the registration section for the goalie registration options and please select the appropriate goalie option.


A player must still register for their assigned team online whether the tuition payments are to be made online or via check.  Please note, if you have been selected as an alternate or practice player, there will be additional documentation and tuition details provided to you. If you have any questions concerning team registration, please contact the Comets Registrar via  .

Online payments for the Natick Comets travel team season should occur through this secure website. Our installment payment policy is designed to ease the financial burden for Comets families by providing an option to our families to pay the tuition in one or two payments. For those families who require an extended installment plan, this can be arranged by contacting the Comets Treasurer at  .
 
1. Full Payment Plan. Payment of full tuition is made at time of online registration. The payment can be processed online via the Comets website or by sending a check to the Natick Comets at P.O. Box 382, Natick, MA 01760.
 
2. Standard Installment Payment Plan. In this plan payment of tuition for travel teams is done with set amounts at two predetermined intervals and paid in full prior to the new season starting in September, 2013. Payments can be processed online or by sending a check to the Natick Comets at P.O. Box 382, Natick, MA 01760.
 
3. An extended installment payment plan or financial assistance can be arranged by directly contacting the Comets Treasurer at  .
 
Please see this document link for the Comets 2013/14 travel team tuition payment schedule.

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Passing Of Long-Time Comets Volunteer James Yancey
posted 04/18/2013
 
We are saddened by the passing of James S. Yancey on Monday, April 15, 2013. He is remembered as a truly dedicated Natick Comets volunteer. He spent 19 years coaching youth hockey with the Natick Comets, eight years with boys program and then without having a daughter, coached 11 years with the girls program.

James was predeceased by his wife Dorothy in 2012, his parents, his sister Elizabeth, four brothers Raymond, Howell, Stanley and Victor. He is survived by his 2 sons, Stephen Yancey and his wife Zane of Harwood, MD; David Yancey (current Comets girls U18 coach) and his wife Cindy of Natick; 6 grandchildren, Ian, Heather, Stephanie, Brett, Jennifer, and Caitlyn; 1 great-grandson, Hunter and his sister, Edith of Woodstock, NY.

Visiting hours will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. (at Natick Common), Natick on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. James funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM in St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 39 East Central St. (Rt. 135), Natick. The Yancey family has requested that those wishing to remember James may do so through memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association of MA, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.
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Comets Girls U14 Team - MYCGL Division Champions
posted 04/09/2013
 
The Comets girls U14 team defeated the Nighthawks 3-1 on Saturday, April 6 to become Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls League Mid East division champions.
 
Comets Girls U14 Team - Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls League Division Champions
 

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Comets Mite B Team - Valley Hockey League Division Champions
posted 04/09/2013
 
The Comets Mite B team defeated Danvers on Sunday to become Valley Hockey League Mite Division A champions.  The team’s 4-1 playoff final victory was the culmination of a superb year in which the team posted a final record of 20-1-2.  

The coaches stressed that every player on the team contributed to the tournament victory against a spirited Danvers team that never let up and played three exciting, competitive periods. To reach the finals, the Comets defeated Boch 8-1 in the quarter finals and Marblehead 9-5 in the semi finals.

The division championship was the highlight of a remarkable season, in which the team’s single loss came in its first game.  The Mites moved up 3 divisions throughout the year, finishing at the top of the A division.   
 
Comets Mite B Team - Valley Hockey League Division Champions
 

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Comets Squirt B Team - Valley Hockey League Division Champions
posted 04/09/2013
 
The Comets Squirt B team defeated Danvers 3-1 on Sunday, April 7 to become Valley Hockey League Squirt Division AA champions.
 
Comets Squirt B Team - Valley Hockey League Division Champions
 

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Comets U10 Girls Mass. State Champion Runner Up
posted 03/24/2013
 
Congratulations to the Comets U10 girls team on a spectacular showing in the Mass. state tournament the weekend of March 22. 

Claire Maxwell was the star of game one in the tournament, scoring all 4 goals in a 4-2 victory over Westwood.

Arlington was the next opponent for the second game and they proved to be a tough team.  Claire got us going early in the game with her 5th goal of the tournament but Arlington answered in the second period. The game was locked at 1-1 until Jacqui Poulack netted what would be the game winner with 5 minutes remaining in the third period.

The Comets girls broke it open against Canton with a decisive 8-0 win in the third game of the tournament. Jacqui wore the hat with three goals, while single goals were scored by Krista Anderson, Nina Christof, Caroline Gates and Soobin Lee.

The semi-final game against Andover was one for the record books. An epic battle ensued! Natick went down 1-0 in the second period but never quit in the game. Halfway through the third period, Jacqui knotted things up at 1 apiece.  Ava Kaplan then scored what looked to be the go-ahead goal but the referees did not see the puck go over the line and called it "no goal". At the end of regulation, the score remained 1-1.  Five over time periods later (6 minutes each), Erin Quirk slammed in a Krista Anderson rebound for the victory.  

In the state championship game against Melrose, the Comets girls gave all they could. They played their hearts out and were awesome. Ali Joseph was incredible in goal helping to keep it only a 1-0 game going into the third period. The Comets girls had their chances but just couldn't convert and in the end. Melrose prevailed in the championship game 2-0.

Every girl on the Comets team gave their all and made the Natick Comets proud! Congratulations to whole team; Claire Maxwell, Jacqui Poulack, Krista Anderson, Nina Christof, Caroline Gates, Soobin Lee, Erin Quirck, Ali Joseph, Caitlin Ryder , Colleen Quirk, Katie Crews, Heidi Gallenberger, Sarah Manning, Melanie Cotta, Caroline O'Connell, Caitlin Collins, Ava Kaplan and Kaitlyn Dempsey.

Comets U10 Girls - Mass. State Tournament Champions Runner Up


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Comets U10 And U12 Girls Mass. District 8 Champions
posted 01/21/2013
 
On Monday, January 21 both the U10 and U12 girls had Mass. state District 8 playoff games in Marlborough to earn the right to play in the Mass. state tournament in March.  

In the first game of the morning, the U10 girls defeated Acton Boxborough/Concord Carlisle 6-2. The second game of the morning saw the U12 girls defeat another 
Acton Boxborough/Concord Carlisle team with a 4-2 score.

Both teams will play the weekend of March 22 in the Mass. state tournament U10 and U12 divisions.

 
Comets U12 Girls - Mass. District 8 Champions
 
 
Comets U10 Girls - Mass. District 8 Champions


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Bill Chase Girls Tournament Summary ::: Two Great Final Games
posted 01/20/2013
 
On Sunday, January 20, the Bill Chase Girls Tournament witnessed two great championship hockey games.  

In the first championship game of the afternoon, U10 teams Natick and Walpole did battle on the ice. After three periods of regulation play, the score was 0-0. Overtime play ensued and the score remained 0-0 after the three overtime periods (overtime play had skaters 4 on 4, 3 on 3, and then 2 on 2). After the 2 on 2 third overtime period the game went to a shootout. Walpole prevailed in the shootout and the final score was 1-0. Both goalies played a fantastic game with many saves and all the girls on both teams left everything on the ice over the hour plus it took to complete the game.

In the second championship game of the afternoon, U12 teams Natick and Newton went head-to-head in a high-energy and intense game. After Newton went up in the game 2-0, Natick fought back to tie the game 2-2. In the third period Newton scored on a rebound to make the score 3-2. With under two minutes left in the game Natick pulled its goalie and skated 6 on 5 and had a few good scoring chances in the final two minutes. The game ended with a 3-2 victory for Newton. Like the U10 championship game, the goaltending for both teams was great and both teams skated aggressively with a lot of passion in their respective efforts.

Congratulations to U10 Walpole and U12 Newton on their tournament victories.

Thank you to Bill Jackson and Lisa Landon for coordinating the logistics of the tournament and ensuring everything ran well.


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Comets Pee Wee C Team Wins Deep Freeze Tournament
posted 01/11/2013
 
The weekend of January 11, the Comets Pee Wee C team traveled to Waterville Valley, NH for the Deep Freeze Tournament. The weather turned out to be warm and the competition was hot. After suffering a 4-2 loss in game 1 to Wakefield, the boys took care of Duxbury and Pembroke and had the rematch with Wakefield in the finals. This time Natick would not be denied. The team battled hard all game and really played their best "team" game of the year. Congratulations to the Pee Wee C team for their championship victory at the tournament.

Comets Pee Wee C Deep Freeze Tournament District Champions


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Comets Pee Wee D Team Wins Game On Providence Bruins Ice
posted 12/22/2012
 
On Friday, December 14 the Comets pee wee D youth team played the North Hockey pee wee team on the Providence Bruins home ice at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The Comets  won the game 6-4. The game score sheet can be viewed via this link and the full press release for the game can be reviewed at this link.

Pee Wee D Team At The Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI
 

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Comets Mite A Win The Mite Madness Tournament
posted 12/02/2012
 
On Sunday, December 2 the Comets Mite A youth team won the Mite Madness tournament at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro. The team went undefeated in four games during the tournament. Congratulations to the team on their achievement and bringing home a first place finish.

Mite A Mite Madness Tournament Team


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Comets U14 Girls Win Thanksgiving Tournament
posted 11/25/2012
 
On Sunday, November 25 the Comets U14 girls team won the U14B division Thanksgiving tournament at Iorio Arena in Walpole. Congratulations to the girls on their achievement and bringing home a first place finish.

    U14 Thanksgiving Tournament Team
                   

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Travel Team Practice Schedule Information
posted 08/16/2012
 
To access your team's practice schedule, on this site click on Travel Teams > Choose A Team and then choose the desired team to review the practice schedule.

The Comets would to provide some information on what goes into the setting of the schedule. As some of you know, throughout the season the hours available for practice use change. This makes it very difficult to have a set schedule for any team. Along with the variable hours, teams need to be rotated through some specific timeframes to allow all teams to participate in skills, goalie clinics and checking/body positioning clinics where applicable. The schedule cannot be posted until the Valley League (youth) and Middlesex Yankee Conference League (girls) have posted the game schedule for the same timeframe. Every effort is made to post the schedule as soon as all the information is available. Please feel free to contact the Comets schedulers, Sarah and Gopa, with any questions/comments at .

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