The wait is finally over, as the Utica Comets begin their regular season on Sunday October 17th.
The Utica Comets are now the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, after being the AHL team of the Vancouver Canucks for the past eight seasons. The Comets overall record during that time was 277 wins, 203 losses, 44 overtime losses, and 21 shootout losses.
With the new affiliation, comes a new team color scheme. The Comets will no longer wear blue and green, instead they are now in a red and black color scheme with a similar uniform to the Devils. The Adirondack Bank Center is now painted in red and black as well.
The new parent club means an entirely different roster for the Comets. Some of the new faces will be familiar to Utica fans, as the Devils AHL club last season was the Binghamton Devils, who have made several visits to the Comets home rink. Current Comets Fabian Zetterlund, Graeme Clarke, Nolan Foote, Nate Schnarr, Reilly Walsh, and Michel Vukojevic all spent the majority of last season playing for Binghamton.
The Utica Comets opponent on Sunday will the Rochester Americans. The Americans are the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, and are sometimes called “the Amerks”. They have been in the American Hockey League since 1956.
The regular season opener against Rochester on Sunday at the Adirondack Bank Center is sold out. It can be seen on television on AHLTV or or on WPNY. On the radio, Comets games are broadcast on WKLL 94.9 KROCK, with play by play man Jason Shaya on the call. For Comets tickets information, visit https://uticacomets.com.