The Natick Comets hockey program was established in 1952 and has been providing a positive youth hockey, learning, social, and sportsmanship experience for Comets participants for 64 years.

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Welcome to the Comets Skill Development program information section. We will introduce your children, as young as the age of 4, to the game of ice hockey with an emphasis on safety, fun, and sportsmanship. First time skaters are welcome. Our goal is to teach a new skater how to skate and then introduce them to the game of hockey. For experienced skaters, we will focus on improving their skills, including sportsmanship. 

There will be only two skill level groups on ice for both the 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM start times.  

Our sessions are dedicated to a fun, non-competitive environment every Saturday and Sunday. Our non-competitive evaluations and placement will take place within the first couple of weekends of each session. We will monitor all skaters throughout each session, encouraging progression every weekend.

This Skill Development program provides first-time, progressing and advanced young skaters the opportunity to learn and practice fundamental hockey skills in a fun, noncompetitive environment. In Skill Development, skaters will progress at their own pace through various levels of the program. First-time skaters will focus on fundamentals including balance, posture, and stride. Progressing skaters will practice edge work, crossovers, and stopping. Advanced skaters will be introduced to puck handling, passing, and shooting, in order to prepare for Comets House League and travel team hockey.

All skaters will participate in a variety of skating drills and games designed to improve their skating ability. Cross-ice pickup games will also be held periodically. The Skill Development program is available in 3 separate sessions throughout the hockey season. We recommended that skaters attend all 3 sessions for maximum development. We specifically encourage first-time skaters to attend at least 3 sessions if they plan on trying out for the house league or travel team programs the following year. 

Skill development participants must be at least 4 years old at the session commencement date and must be able to work on his/her own in a large group setting.

Session 1 of the Skill Development is a great warm-up for those skaters moving into our House League program.

Director of Skill Development:  Co-Directors Mark Dangelo and Nick Connolly (


The Skill Development schedule and tuition costs are below.
Skills Session 1 Only September 16 - November 5 - $150
Skills Session 2 Only November 11 - January 14 - $150
Skills Session 3 Only January 20 - March 25 - $150
Skills Sessions 1 & 2 September 16 - January 14 - $250
Skills Sessions 1 & 3 September 16 - November 5 AND January 20 - March 25 - $250
Skills Sessions 2 & 3 November 11 - January 14 AND January 20 - March 25 - $250
All 3 Skills Sessions September 16 - March 26 - $350

Weekly Skill Development sessions per the dates above are Saturday and Sunday and are 50 minutes in length.  

Group 1 (skaters age 7 and under) at 12:00 - 12:50 PM; and Group 2 (skaters age 8 and over) at 1:00 - 1:50 PMFurther group assignments based on age, size, and skating ability, will be made after the first skill session and during the skill development season. 


There are no 2017/18 season skill development sessions on the following dates: 

Saturday, December 2, 2107
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Saturday, March 3
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

IMPORTANT: Skaters are required to wear hockey gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, athletic cup/pelvic protector, shin pads, hockey pants, and helmet with cage or face shield and a mouthguard. Figure skates are not allowed. Players must also have a hockey stick.  A neck guard is optional but highly recommended. Players that do not have all required equipment will not be allowed on the ice.   

We are always looking for dedicated coaches for the skill development program. If you have an interest in coaching, please contact co-director of the skills program Nick Connolly ( Coach applications can be found on this website under the Forms section.