The Utica Comets announced they have re-signed captain Ryan Schmelzer, forward Samuel Laberge, and goaltender Mareks Mitens. The Utica Comets are bringing three players back next season that were a part of last season’s Eastern Conference regular-season champion team, the organization announced on Tuesday. The captain of last season’s Comets team, Ryan Schmelzer, received a…
The 2021-22 season is over for the Utica Comets, which players might not be back next season? Roster changes are a part of life in the American Hockey League, and the Utica Comets are no exception. Callups to NHL clubs and injuries are the usual culprits when it comes to roster instability during the regular…
The Utica Comets lost the winner take all game five against the Rochester Americans. Here’s a game five recap and three observations from the game. After posting the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference, the Utica Comets had huge expectations coming to this American Hockey League playoff season. On Thursday night, they were eliminated…
The Utica Comets put in a dominating performance in a game they had to win on Tuesday night in Rochester against the Americans. It was do or die for the Utica Comets on Tuesday night as they were down two games to one in their best of five North Division semifinal playoff series against the…
The Utica Comets lost their second straight game by a score of 4-3 in overtime in game three on Sunday, and are now on the brink of elimination. After a season where seemingly everything has gone right, the Utica Comets now find themselves in serious dire straits. The best of five North Division semifinal series…
It was a rough night for the Utica Comets as they dropped game two of their best of five North Division semifinal series against the Rochester Americans by a score of 4-3 in overtime. The Utica Comets and Rochester Americans have played each other very tightly all season, so why should their playoff series be…
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Episode #87 Featuring Author Tim Falconer
Episode #86 Featuring the First Installment of Our “Best of the Best” Series
It’s the Premier Episode of the Re-Branded Marty’s Illegal Stick a Hockey History Podcast!
Episode #84: A Major Announcement, NHL Draft, NHL Free Agency, News and Notes From Around the League!
Episode #83 Features Our Stanley Cup Final Review, NHL Draft Discussion, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and More!
Episode #82 Features Scott, Drew, and Dave the Save making their picks for the Calder, Vezina, Norris, and Hart trophies, breakdown of the Lightning vs Avalanche, and discussing recent coaching hires!
Episode #81 Features Connor Green From Inside The Rink!
Episode #80 Features NHL Conference Finals Discussion and Comparing Wayne Gretzky vs Connor McDavid!
Episode #79 Features NHL Playoff Discussion!
Episode #78 Featuring Our NHL Playoffs Second Round Playoffs Preview!
Episode #77 Featuring Our Utica Comets Game Four Playoff Primer!
Episode 76 Featuring The Return of Drew Bray To Talk NHL Playoffs and Utica Comets Hockey!
Episode #75 Features Sean O’Brien and Our AHL North Division/Utica Comets Playoff Preview!
Episode #74 Featuring Our NHL Playoff Preview Show!
Episode #73 Featuring Andrew Bray!
Episode #72 Featuring Brennan Miller and Roy Chambers!
Episode #71 Featuring Joe Patarino of the Making It Reign Podcast!
Episode #70 Featuring the Voice of Utica Pioneers Hockey Ray Biggs!
Later Scott recaps the week that was for the Utica Comets. Subscribe to Marty’s Illegal StickHockey Podcast on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts!
Episode #69 Featuring Neil Villapiano of the Devils State of Mind Podcast!
Episode #68 Featuring Sean O’Brien From The Calder Farmstead – An AHL Podcast!
Episode #67 Featuring FOUR Members of the UCHC Champion Utica Pioneers Mens Hockey Team and Roy Chambers of the SPHL’s Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs!
Episode #66 Featuring Roman Ammirato and Ben Birnell
Then, Utica Comets reporter Ben Birnell from the Rome Daily Sentinel joins the show to talk about the past couple of weeks for the Comets, Tyler Wotherspoon, how potential moves by the New Jersey Devils could affect the Comets, the impact of Kevin Dinneen, potential first-round playoff opponents, and more!
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Episode #65 Featuring “The Voice of the Comets” Jason Shaya!
Episode #64 Featuring the Henrickson Family!
Episode #63 Featuring Bahl’s Army!
Episode #62 Featuring Scott Matla of the Locked On Canadiens Podcast!
Episode #61 Featuring Utica Comets Vice-President Adam Pawlick!
Episode #60 Featuring Professional Football Player and Hockey Enthusiast Brad Jones!
Episode #59 Features the Return of Dave “The Save” Warner!
Episode #58 Featuring John Moncovich, Neil Villapiano, and Armand Klisivitch!
Episode #57 features renowned hockey author, columnist, and historian Bob Duff!
Episode #57 will feature renowned hockey columnist, author, and historian Bob Duff! Bob covers the Detroit Red Wings for https://detroithockeynow.com, and we discuss the resurgence of the Red Wings, the books he has written, highlights of his career, his start with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and more!
Then the boys chat about the return of NHL games, the cancellation of the World Junior Championship, the NHL not participating in the Olympics and Brad Marchand’s feelings about it, the Winter Classic, the Utica Comets, and more!
Episode #56 featuring Jaxon Rutkowski of the Utica College Pioneers!
Episode #56 features defenseman Jaxon Rutkowski of the number three ranked in the nation Utica College Pioneers men’s ice hockey team! We chat with Jaxon about the season so far, exchanging pleasantries with referees, his time with the Hampton Roads Whalers of the USPHL, and being recruited by Utica College and Coach Heenan, the hockey benefits of working outdoors and fishing, which Pioneer is the biggest wrestling fan and much more!
Episode #55 featuring Neil Villapiano of the Devils State of Mind Podcast!
The Devils State of Mind Podcast is a part of The Hockey Podcast Network and can be found on all major podcast platforms!
Episode #54 featuring Utica College Pioneers Head Coach Gary Heenan!
The latest episode features an interview with the head coach of the third-ranked Utica College Pioneers Gary Heenan! We chat about the season so far and the challenges the team has faced, the Thanksgiving Showcase, the Teddy Bear Toss, recruiting, his very famous relative, and more! Then the boys discuss the Utica Comets, firings in the NHL, and potential moves for the New York Rangers!
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