The Utica Comets are proud to, once again, announce the mentorship program between players on the Comets 2016-17 roster and players from the 2004 and 2006 Junior elite teams. Each player on both the 2004 and 2006 teams will be paired up with a player from the Utica Comets, facilitating on-ice and off-ice interaction amongst our youth and professional players. As Comets players were, at one point in their lives, youth hockey players, we feel they can mentor, challenge, and support our youth elites not only this year, but for years to come.
This program will operate through the duration of the 2016-2017 season and include at minimum of five different interactions throughout the course of the year. These interactions will include the mentors attending one of their youth player’s games, attending a youth practice, going out to dinner or having dinner at the family’s house, as well as being present on the ice during the year. These are just a couple of examples of some of the activities that can take place. We will encourage creative and unique activities that may push both the mentor and mentee out of their comfort zones, ultimately helping them both grow in their own ways.
This program will commence once the Utica Comets have officially announced the team roster. We will kick off the year-long mentorship program with a “draft” night involving Utica Comets players, youth players, and their families. The night will occur on Tuesday, October 11 at the Aud during the Meet the Team Party at 7 p.m. The Comets players will each select a Jr. Elite player and present him/her with their new Jr. Elite jersey for the 2016-2017 season. The excitement generated by this process will carry over into the start of the season, embodying the Comets’ core values of growth, leadership, and development.
Again, we feel strongly about this opportunity for our youth players as well as for the professional players. We look forward to the relationships being built throughout the course of the season, and how these two organizations will grow parallel to one another and exponentially in relation to other AHL/youth partnerships across the nation.