The Utica Comets are proud to announce that the club will celebrate this year’s Clinton Comets Appreciation Night on Friday, Dec. 13 prior to the Comets game against the Syracuse Crunch.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a special pregame celebration that will begin at 6:45 p.m. Former Comets players Bill Bannerman, Howie Dietrich and Pat Kelly will be honored during the ceremony. All three players will have their jersey numbers displayed at The AUD alongside the eight players that were honored last season.
The player that were honored last year were: Dave Armstrong, Archie Burton, Tim Hook, Jack Kane, Tom Mitchell, Borden Smith, Pete Prevost, and the late Ian Anderson.
Kelly was player, head coach and general manager of the Clinton Comets during his tenure with the club. An Eastern Hockey League all-star nine times as a defenseman and three times as head coach, Kelly led the Comets to three straight Walker Cups (EHL championships). He went on to coach in the AHL, WHA and NHL as well as serving as the first commissioner of the ECHL.
Bannerman played his entire professional career with the Comets, starting in 1965. He was the right wing on the most prolific scoring line in EHL history with center Kane and left wing Smith. He ranks second all-time in assists (395), third in goals (279) and points (674). He was an EHL Northern Division All-Star in 1968-69 and 1969-70.
Dietrich joined the Comets in 1962 and is one of only four Comets players to reach the 60-goal plateau as part of his 118-point season in 1967-68. He spent six seasons with the Comets and was part of two Walker Cup championship teams.
Would we make the same mistake today? Chances are we will do so.
Flagler was mesmerized, it would seem, by the impending completion of the Panama Canal in the early 20th Century. He persuaded himself that inter-ocean steamship traffic transiting the new canal would have to stop in Key West to take on coal and to offload shipments bound for the U.S. Southeast.
So Flagler did the impossible. He spent himself nearly dry to push his Florida East Coast Railway from Miami across the Keys in anticipation of new riches to be made in haulage to-and-from the canal traffic.
Now Flagler’s Folly is about to be repeated.
The Panama Canal Authority will open in late 2015 or early 2016 new, larger locks on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. I watched work last week on the northern locks and I thought about good ol’ Henry.
Oh, the locks will allow larger ships to transit the canal, alright. Just as the original Panama Canal, completed 100 years ago this year, spared shipping many days of sailing and dangerous storms around Cape Horn at the tip of South America.
It’s just that, by the time the canal and Flagler’s “overseas railway” were finished, improved efficiency in steamships meant they had no need to stop at Key West to take on coal. It was far more profitable to continue past Florida and up the East Coast to harbors nearer to their markets.
By the time it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1935, Flagler’s railroad was already in receivership.
Now Flagler’s figurative successors in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local Chambers of Commerce are being mesmerized anew by the promise of the Panama Canal’s larger locks. They’re blowing their horns and beating their drums for deepening of the St. Johns River channel from 40 to 47 feet for 13 miles from Mayport to Jacksonville to accommodate the deeper-draft ships transiting the new Panama locks.
The massive cost of such a project – and no one can say how much it would be – will be offset by the increase in shipping through Jacksonville’s railroad connections. The project will mean thousands of new jobs, they say, but no one can say how many thousands nor how long the jobs might last.
Nor can anyone explain why shippers might prefer to unload cargo from low-cost container ships onto higher-cost rail cars for travel to their destinations. The shippers gave their answer to Henry Flagler a century ago – better to sail northward and unload where the rail transport would be cheaper.
It should be noted that the Corps of Engineers seeks no return on investment. It’s mission is to build dams and dig channels.
In order to pursue the channel-deepening scheme, the Corps would employ dynamite to remove the natural rock bed of the St. Johns. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the St. Johns Riverkeeper have both pointed out that such alteration would result in partial draining of the wetlands lying adjacent to the river’s estuary and would impact the area’s fishing industry dramatically. It would also introduce brackish water farther upstream, beyond Clay County.
The massive changes to the river could not be undone if the project proved to be misguided.
In the case of Flagler’s “overseas railway,” the bridges from key to key were repurposed and a highway was built on the old railroad right-of-way. The bridges have since been replaced, but the highway still occupies Flagler’s Folly.
In the case of a deepened but useless St. Johns channel, there would be no repurposing possible. So I went down to Panama to observe the canal’s centenary and I thought about ol’ Henry Flagler. Would he make the same mistake again? Will we?
The Metropolitan Transit Authority has released new photos of construction on the first phase of New York’s Second Avenue Subway, a more than $4 billion project that will run new tunnels between 63rd Street and 96th Street on the East side and is expected to be complete in 2016.
Second Avenue Subway from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and MTA New York City Transit have begun the final planning and environmental analysis for a full-length Second Avenue Subway, from 125th Street to the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.
The Second Avenue Subway will reduce overcrowding and delays on the Lexington Avenue Line, improving travel for both city and suburban commuters, and improving access to mass transit for residents of the far East Side of Manhattan.
In 1972, Governor Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsey broke ground for the Second Avenue Subway. Nearly 45 years later, no trains have ever run under Second Avenue.
The line has had at least three groundbreakings.
In 2007, it got another one.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer and a host of dignitaries will descend down a sidewalk hatch at 102nd Street, a block south of the spot where Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mayor John V. Lindsay held a groundbreaking in October 1972. They will go into a never-used section of a three-decade old subway tunnel, stretching from 105th Street to 99th Street. The governor will give a speech, hoist a pickax and take a few cracks at the concrete wall, symbolically beginning the construction where it left off in the 1970s.
Several factors actually suggest that this time the outcome may be different. The financing for the $3.8 billion project appears more certain than in the past, including an anticipated federal commitment to cover about a third of the cost.
The goal of the first phase is to extend the Q line north from 57th Street to 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue. From there the Q will stop on Second Avenue at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets. It is expected to become an integral part of the wider subway system when it is completed, which planners hope will be in 2013. Once further financing is secured, later phases of construction will extend the line north to 125th Street and south to Lower Manhattan.
It was September 1929 when the city formally announced plans to build the Second Avenue subway, extending the length of the East Side and into the Bronx. The cost of digging the Manhattan portion of the tunnel was estimated at $99 million, although there would be additional expenses, including the cost of real estate and equipment. But within a few years, amid the Great Depression, planning for the new line came to a halt.
The plans were revived during World War II. In 1951, voters approved a measure that allowed the city to raise $500 million for transit improvements, with the expectation that most of it would go to build the new line. But the money was used to fix up the existing system. No work was performed on Second Avenue.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority took over the city’s subway system in 1968 and began championing an ambitious range of projects, including the Second Avenue subway, from Whitehall Street to 138th Street in the Bronx.
In July 1974, Mayor Abraham D. Beame attended a groundbreaking at Second Avenue and Second Street. He went at the pavement with a jackhammer. The plan was to build the subway piecemeal, contracting out short, disconnected sections.
A year later the city was near bankruptcy; Mayor Beame called a halt to further construction. The stretch of tunnel he broke ground on was never built, although three other sections were finished and sealed.
The Utica Comets rallied from down 3-1 in the third period to defeat the Texas Stars 4-3 in overtime at the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Wednesday night.
Bobby Sanguinetti’s (1-2-3) and Cal O’Reilly (1-1-2) propelled the Comets third period comeback, while Joacim Eriksson’s 38 saves earned the Comets their 15th win of the year.
It did not take long for the Stars to open up the game’s scoring. Just 4:28 into the first period Brett Ritchie received a pass from Dowling and proceeded to fire a shot that squeaked through Joacim Eriksson’s leg pads, and just barely crossed the goal line. Scott Glennie picked up the secondary assist.
Just five minutes later the Stars doubled their lead. Maxime Fortunus ripped a slapshot from the point. Dowling deflected the shot straight down, and quickly chipped a backhand shot past Eriksson to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
The Comets cut the deficit to one just two and a half minutes after the Stars second goal. After he danced through defenders, and got to the slot. Will Acton put a shot on net. A mad scramble ensued in the crease, and somehow Alex Friesen dug the puck out and broke the Stars’ shutout bid. Brandon DeFazio was credited with an assist after feeding it to Acton.
12:39 into the second period, the Stars cashed in on the power play. A failed clearing attempt resulted in a turnover. A couple of quick passes found reigning MVP Travis Morin with the puck all alone at the right circle. Morin fired off a wrist shot over the glove of Eriksson for the Stars’ third goal of the night. Dowling and Ritchie collected the assists.
The Comets once again cut the lead to one at 16:51 of the third period. Will Acton started the goal-scoring play after he rang a shot off the post. With the Stars scrambling, a pinching Bobby Sanguinetti scooped up the puck, and passed it over to Acton on the backdoor for the Comets second goal of the night. Brendan Gaunce picked up the secondary assist.
Under 90 seconds later the Comets finally knotted the game back up. With Utica set-up on the power play, and working it around the Stars’ zone, Sanguinetti ripped a shot past Campbell to tie the game at three. Cal O’Reilly and Kane Lafranchise recorded assists on the game-tying goal.
Sixty minutes was not enough to settle this one, with the game headed to overtime knotted at three.
2:37 into overtime the Comets captain landed his team their first overtime victory of the year. Dustin Jeffrey took a pass from defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. After looking he around, he slipped Cal O’Reilly a pass across the crease, for the game-winning goal.
With the overtime victory, the Comets now have 33 points and now have the most points in the American Hockey League.
The Comets will get a day of much-needed rest before they head to San Antonio to take on the Rampage at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Comets have out-scored the Rampage 8-2 in their previous two meetings this season and are 2-0-0-0 vs them. Following their match-up with the Rampage, Utica will return home for a four-game home stand starting on Wednesday, Dec. 10 vs. Rochester Americans.
Regulation couldn’t decide a winner between the Utica Comets and Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
The teams almost got through the overtime period, too, but the Barons came away with a 1-0 win on Jason Williams’ goal with less than 30 seconds to play.
The Comets dropped to 14-5-3-0, and the Barons improved to 12-4-2-2.
The score was knotted at zero after the first and second periods, with Oklahoma City holding a 23-20 shots-on-goal advantage, and with both teams coming up empty on a pair of power plays.
The Barons extended their winning streak to six games. The Comets have scored a total of three goals in their last three games.
Oklahoma almost was awarded a key penalty late in the third period, when an errant pass landed in the Comets’ bench. The referee initially called a delay-of-game penalty on Utica, but it was called off after a short conference with the linesmen.
Utica killed two power plays in regulation, and Oklahoma City killed off three.
The Comets are back at it tonight. They’re taking a 6-hour bus ride to Cedar Park, Texas, to take on the defending Calder Cup champion Stars. Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Texas is 7-6-6-0 on the season, and it has lost eight of its last nine games.
The Comets move on to San Antonio on Friday to play the Rampage (also at 8:30).
Barons 1, Comets 0 (OT)
Utica 0 0 0 0 – 0
Oklahoma City 0 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period-No Scoring.Penalties-Jeffrey Uti (tripping), 13:56.
The American Hockey League announced that Utica Comets left wing Darren Archibald has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a game at Albany on Nov. 29.
Archibald was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).
Archibald will miss Utica’s games Tuesday (Dec. 2) at Oklahoma City, Wednesday (Dec. 3) at Texas and Friday (Dec. 5) at San Antonio.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On Friday, November 21st, Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) completed the inaugural run of its first two new GE ES44C4 locomotives. Locomotives FEC 803 and FEC 804 provided state-of-the-art Tier 3 locomotive power to FECR Train 101; the company’s most expedited through-freight train, transporting automotive, carload and intermodal freight from Jacksonville to Miami.
FECR team members worked to prepare the locomotives for the first run, ensuring smooth operations for the historic inaugural trip. According to David Kobryn, FECR Locomotive Superintendent, “Within days of these units arriving in Jacksonville, our Mechanical Team had completed standard service procedures, equipped the units with WiTonix, and they were ready for service.”
The new locomotives also got positive reviews from the FECR operations team.”The new locomotives are quiet and comfortable in the cab. Overall I was impressed by the way they handled,” said Donald Wolff, FECR Locomotive Engineer.
Ours is not a new release. It was published in 1974. Why are we selling an old book? Because it is just so appropriate to the current situation of American Railroads!
“Keeping the Railroads Running” by Karl Borntrager. The author describes his one-half century on the New York Central Railroad and reviews the then-current railroad situation.
I was struck by how accurate his observations were regarding the problems that beset the NYC – and other railroads – in the 1950’s, and how every one has been addressed since then.
Fascinating assessment of the management of the New York Central Railroad by its former Senior Vice President. The author combines the story of his personal climb through the ranks with a dispassionate critique of how those who controlled the NYC as well as those who labored for it managed to destroy a remarkable institution.
“For the industry as a whole I think the following steps should be taken:
1. Free all roads from passenger service losses. Largely done by the creation of Amtrak.
2. Eliminate real estate taxes on railroads or at least reduce them to a level commensurate with other taxpayers. Perhaps not to where they should be, but for example in NY state the taxation basis for railroads has been amended considerably from former levels.
3. Repeal all full crew laws. What would he think of today’s 2-man crews?
4. Make proper adjustment promptly in freight divisions. The Staggers Act gave the railroads the rate making freedom they so desperately needed, and what a difference that has made.
5. Congress should enact legislation restricting the jurisdiction of the ICC over the railroads. For example, one of the restrictive powers of the ICC is approval or disapproval of freight rates proposed by the roads. This control should not be exercised when the railroad can show that its proposal can get new business and show a profit. Again, Staggers and related changes brought the railroads into an era where they can actually compete as a business, and determine their own price structure.”
Mr. Borntrager passed away in 1990 at age 98, but it’s doubtful he lived to see the full extent of his views coming to fruition. We can only wonder how railroads in general, and NYC in particular, would have fared if these changes had been implemented in about 1950. Could a more competitive and efficient rail system have slowed the decline of heavy industry in this nation? No way to say for sure but interesting to debate whether PC would have happened if those changes had come 30 or 40 years earlier. Hats off to KAB for the accuracy of his views.
Will Acton (above), recently traded in from the Oilers, scored the lone Comets goal.
Joe Whitney scored on a power play midway through the third period and the Albany Devils edged the Utica Comets 2-1 in an American Hockey League game Saturday at the Times-Union Center.
The Comets, who had won their previous two games, are 14-5-2-0 and still in first place in the North Division. The Devils, who have defeated the Comets in all five meetings since Utica returned to the league last season, are 10-6-1-4 and in second place in the Northeast Division.
Graham Black scored the other goal for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves to pump his record up to 6-1-2.
, making his first start for the Comets this season after spending most of it with the California Reign in the East Coast Hockey League, made 22 saves.
The game was the third in four nights for the Comets, who will do the same thing on their upcoming trip to the West, playing at Oklahoma City Tuesday, Texas Wednesday and San Antonio Friday. It was the 14th one-goal decision in 21 games and fourth in a row for Utica, which is 9-3-2-0 in those games.
The Comets will not return to the Utica Memorial Auditorium until the Rochester Americans visit Wednesday, Dec. 10.
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