Utica Comets Roster Starting To Look Like A Team

The Vancouver Canucks, the parent team of the Utica Comets, announced Tuesday that six players were assigned to the Comets in advance of the 2015-16 American Hockey League season.

Four other players were cut by the Canucks and will attend Comets training camp, which is in France.

The group assigned to the Comets includes defensemen Anton Cederholm, Evan McEneny, Ashton Sautner, Jordan Subban and forwards Dane Fox and Mackenze Stewart. With the exception of Fox, each played in juniors last season. Subban is the younger brother of P.K. Subban, the Montreal Canadiens defenseman. Fox played for the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings last season, finishing with 30 goals and 15 assists in 70 games.

The four players attending Comets training camp are New Hartford native Mike Zalewski, (pictured above) Travis Ehrhardt, John Kurtz and goalie Clay Witt.

Zalewski had 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 55 regular-season games last season with the Comets, who lost in five games to the Manchester Monarchs in the Calder Cup Finals. He also played in all 23 playoff games, totaling a goal and two assists. He was re-signed by the Comets in July. Ehrhardt, a defenseman, had seven points in 41 regular-season games with the Comets last season. He played in 14 playoff games, accumulating four assists.

Kurtz played the last three seasons with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. He had 188 penalty minutes in 72 games last season. Witt spent last season with the Northeastern University and was signed by the Comets in August.

The Comets leave for Lyon, France, for training camp with the Syracuse Crunch at the end of the month. The Comets will play three games in France before returning to Utica in preparation for the start of the regular season. The Comets open the season Saturday, Oct. 10, at Rochester.

The Comets’ home-opener is Wednesday, Oct. 21, against Rochester. The team announced last week the team’s first two home games at the Utica Memorial Auditorium are sold out. Tickets for 36 other home games will go on sale in early October.

If you want to cheer on the Utica Comets during their second game of the AHL’s 80th season in Hartford,Connecticut, Greg Wrate is the person to see.

The Comets match with the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers’ affiliate) on Saturday October 17 in the XL Center, for 55 fans locally, there is a bus trip to consider. $65.00 is the coast per person, which covers the bus and game ticket.  “I probably have 35 (seats) already sold,”says Wrate, who last season took a bus load of Comets fans to a game in Glens Falls. “We’ll leave the New Hartford Shopping Center at 2pm.”

Those riding the bus to Hartford are reminded to bring their own snacks and drinks.  Wrate can be reached at gregs1994@aol.com.