Source: Sherman Publications

Athlete of the Week
Comos national champ

by Nick Loomis

April 27, 2011

Over spring break most students enjoy themselves by traveling somewhere warm and relaxing on the beach with their friends.

However, Clarkston High School junior Gabe Comos did something completely different. In April, he traveled to Reston, Va., just outside Washington D.C., where his Summit Plastics Midget A travel hockey team captured the USA Hockey Tier 2 Boys 16U National Championship, with a 2-1 win over the Texas Tornado.

It was an unbelievable feeling winning a national championship. Its something Id always dreamed of, but only a few players ever get to experience, said Comos, who scored four goals and had five assists throughout the 5-day national tournament.

During their national championship run, the Summit team finished 7-0 and outscored opponents 35-6.

Based out of Fraser, Mich., the team played in the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League and ended the regular season with a 63-8-5 overall record.

Most of the kids Comos played with on the Summit team live in the Metro Detroit area and have been playing hockey with him for years.

I chose to play travel hockey rather than for Clarkston because, in high school, the farthest the team can reach is states, while in travel hockey we can win National Championships, said Comos, adding who wouldnt want to be nationally recognized for the sport they grew up playing?

Ive been playing hockey since I was three years old and Ive played with a bunch of these guys for a long time, said Comos. This was a special group and well always have this championship to remember the rest of our lives.