by Ethan Siderine

Utica, NY- The Utica Jr. Comets are excited to bring back former Utica College Hockey player, Jon Ames, to coach the Peewee AA team for the 2021-2022 season.                       

Tryouts for the team are open to all players born in 2009 and 2010. The team will consist of top skilled players in the area and will concentrate on development while playing at a high level. Players who make the team can look forward to one full ice session and one shared ice session a week. In addition, the team will have the opportunity to participate in Power Edge Pro Training Sessions and weekly off-ice workouts to develop players strength and conditioning. The team will play a 45-50 game schedule against other AA teams in New York State and across the north east. In addition to the teams competitive schedule players can look forward to exciting tournaments.

Taking the reins of the Peewee AA team is Utica College standout, Jon Ames. Before transferring to Utica College, Ames played two years of Division I at the University of Connecticut before transferring to Utica College. In two seasons at Utica College (2003-2005) tallied 68 points on 34 goals and 34 assists in 53 games. Ames helped the team to its first regular season title and first conference championship game. During his senior season Ames was named an ECAC West Honorable Mention. After completing his college career, he played in the East Coast Hockey league (ECHL) for the Toledo Storm & Phoenix Roadrunners before focusing on coaching. Ames joined the Utica College Pioneers coaching staff in 2017 and helped the team to its first conference championship. Ames will look to use his elite hockey background to help develop the Peewee AA team.

"I am excited to transition to the 12u level while continuing to develop individual skills to help build complete hockey players. We will run fast moving competitive practices with a focus on puck battles, shooting, skating & team concepts. We will also continue off-ice development to include game video breakdown, off ice conditioning and team building. I am looking forward to growing and building a foundation of not only excellent young hockey players but also well-rounded individuals,” said Ames.    

Tryouts for the 2010 team will be held on May 1 and May 2 from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Anyone interested in trying out should register now here.