Utica Comets Hockey Starting To Get Its Act Together


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The Utica COMETS are getting ready to slay the American Hockey League.

We have found out they will be in the Northern Division of the American Hockey League. Other teams are Hamilton, Ontario (farm team for the Montreal Habs), Lake Erie (like Cleveland and farm team for Colorado, Rochester Americans (Buffalo Farm Team), and Toronto (for me great because ESPN Europe shows their games).

Travis Green, a 14 year NHL guy who played with Robert Esche, Comets President, will be the coach.

Green, a long-time National Hockey League player and several times Team Canada member – he helped win gold in the 1997 world championships – and most recently interim head coach of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, met the media for the first time Friday via a conference call that included team president Rob Esche.

“I’m not a coach who wants to play boring hockey,” said Green, who scored 193 goals with five teams over 14 NHL season. “I want the puck. You have to make plays. You can’t be constantly dumping the puck. I want puck possession, a team that wants to make plays, be aggressive on the forecheck and backcheck. Compete is a big word with me. I expect to have my teams compete very hard.”

After just four days, the Utica Comets reached 1,000 season tickets sold on Wednesday.

Team officials say selling that amount assures that the Utica Memorial Auditorium will be above 25 percent capacity for every home game the American Hockey League team plays in 2013-14.

“The Utica Comets hockey fans have just blown us away,” said Comets President Robert Esche. This “is a great indicator as to just how ready Utica, NY is for AHL hockey.”

It was announced  that the Vancouver Canucks would be relocating their AHL affiliate from Illinois to Utica for the upcoming AHL season. Season tickets went on sale Saturday morning, with packages raging from $390 to $732.

Hockey broadcast veteran Brendan Burke has been named the voice of the Utica Comets. Burke will serve as both the play-by-play announcer and head of public relations during the Comets’ first season in the American Hockey League.

Burke, who has been part of more than 500 hockey broadcasts, comes to Utica from the Peoria Rivermen, where he served as the play-by-play announcer for the past five years. He also has NHL experience,occasionally filling in as the play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Blues.

Hope he can get the Comets on Internet radio so I can listen, even if the middle of my night.

Hey, I need hockey pictures. I’m the other side of the Atlantic Ocean (Nice, France) and am going to be their biggest European fan. Need helpers when the Comets startup who will snap a picture of the Comets and send to me.

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