The Utica Comets have partnered up with the Utica Jr. Comets Elite program to create a mentorship program that encourages and facilitates on and off ice development for our young players. Prior to the start of the season, the AHL Utica Comets will draft players from the Elite teams to ultimately serve as the Elite players mentor for the season. The draft is an exciting experience for the young players to get the opportunity to meet their mentor for the first time and exchange contact information for the upcoming year. 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.
The mentorship program operates through the duration of the American Hockey League season and includes a minimum of five different interactions throughout the course of the year. These interactions will include mentors attending one of the youth player’s games attending a 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 have taken place since the start of the program. We 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.
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.