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Utica Comets Edge Rochester Amerks in a “Playoff Style” Game Before A Full House


It was a 2 to 1 American Hockey League victory.

The Comets are 19-23-3-4 for 45 points, and are 19-15-2-3 since opening the season with a 10-game winless streak that is making every game over the last third of the season very, very important.

The win came on the heels of a 7-3 Friday loss to the Amerks in Rochester, which had won 10 of its previous 13 games. The Amerks had won six of eight games against Utica before last night and had outscored the Comets 18-6 in the last three meetings.

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Utica Comets Sweep Up


Members of the Utica Comets will join city Mayor Robert Palmieri for his weekly Quality of Life Sweep.

The sweep at the intersection of York Street and Sophie Avenue will begin Wednesday at noon.

Since the mayor took office, Palmieri and his department heads have conducted the sweeps every Wednesday.

Neighbors and business owners are encouraged to join on Palmieri’s weekly tour of the neighborhood.

The Utica Comets Got It Right This Time!


The long wait is over.

Veteran Colin Stuart slapped home a goal from the slot at 17:42 of the third period, giving the Utica Comets a 3-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters Friday in Cleveland, ending a 10-game winless drought at the start of their first American Hockey League season.

The Comets had lost eight games in regulation, one more in overtime and another in a shootout before finally hitting the win column and earn Travis Green his first victory as a professional coach. They will try to make it two in a row when they play at 3 p.m. Sunday against the Bulldogs in Hamilton, Ontario.

Alex Mallet and Patrick Mullen scored the other goals for the Comets (1-8-1-1), who led 2-1 after the first period. Zach Hamill, Nicklas Jensen, Kellan Lain, Brandon DeFazio, Alexandre Grenier and David Booth all had assists for the Comets, and Joacim Eriksson made 22 saves in posting his first American pro win

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Utica COMETS are in Serious Practice Sessions


The Utica Comets are very serious.

Thanks to a friend for the picture (I’m 6 time zones away, so the Comets are a GLOBAL thing).

Darren Archibald finds himself in Utica, working on his National Hockey League dream as a member of the new Utica Comets. A 6-foot-3, 212-pound left wing from Newmarket, Ontario, he spent most of last season with the Chicago Wolves. If he is disappointed in being sent down to the American Hockey League again by the Vancouver Canucks, he isn’t moping about it.

Archibald and more than two dozen other players were at the Aud as head coach Travis Green led the Comets through their first practice on their home ice. Green, who scored 193 goals in a 16-year NHL career and won a Western Hockey League championship with the Portland Winterhawks in his first season as a head coach last winter, expects a few more players to be added to the roster shortly. The squad will be whittled down to 22 to 24 by the time the Comets open the regular season Oct. 11 at Rochester. It wasn’t the first time Green has been in the Aud. He was with the Capital District Islanders for three seasons when Utica’s previous AHL team, the Devils, were in the league.

What it will look like is what Green and assistant coaches Paul Jerrard and Nolan Baumgartner, both former pro defensemen, will be working on.

“I’m pleased with the effort,” Green said after the first of two split squad practices Wednesday. “Some spots are taken on the team. That’s just the way it is. Some are open. But the best players will play.”

The Comets play at the Hershey Bears on Friday, and will play the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday at Kennedy Arena in Rome.

The training camp roster for the Utica Comets is set. Camp begins this week, and the team’s first official practice was Wednesday afternoon at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Comets will be in Pennsylvania for a preseason game Friday at Hershey. They will host the Adirondack Phantoms in a preseason game Sunday at Rome’s Kennedy Arena, and their final preseason tune-up will be Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Hamilton Bulldogs.The Comets open the season on the road Oct. 11 at Rochester, and they open their home schedule Oct. 23 against the Albany Devils.

Training Camp Roster
: Joe Cannata, Mathieu Corbeil, Joacim Eriksson.

Defenseman: Peter Andersson, Jeremie Blain, Alex Biega, Sacha Guimond, Patrick Mullen, John Negrin, Adam Polasek, Yann Sauve, Henrik Tommernes, Brad Walch, Louis Liotti.

Forwards: Steven Anthony, John Armstrong, Darren Archibald, Ludwig Blomstrand, Kurtis Bartliff, Brandon DeFazio, Alex Friesen, Alexandre Grenier, Yanni Gourde, Daultan Leveille, Kellan Lain, Wesley Myron, Pascal Pelletier, David Pacan, Colin Stuart, Kellan Tochkin, Alexandre Mallet, Mitch Elliot, Jesse Mychan, Benn Ferriero.

Utica Comets Schedule for the Season Looks Great


Utica Comets have announced their 2013-14 regular season schedule.  The inaugural season of Utica Comets hockey will begin on Oct. 11, when the Comets visit the Rochester Americans at 7:05 p.m.

Utica will have a fan-friendly home schedule, that kicks off on Oct. 23 against the Albany Devils, which consists of 29 of their 38 home games being played on either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The weekend home schedule will be highlighted by 16 Friday night home games and eight Saturday night home games.

Comets fans will have an opportunity to see 18 different opponents this season, the most diverse schedule in the AHL. Affiliates of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks (Rockford) as well as the Buffalo Sabres (Rochester), Pittsburgh Penguins (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) and Philadelphia Flyers (Adirondack) will all make appearances at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Utica will compete in the North Division of the Western Conference along with Hamilton (Montreal), Lake Erie (Colorado), Toronto (Toronto) and Rochester (Buffalo). They will play 28 games within the North Division and 54 total games within the Western Conference. The Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) will be Utica’s most common opponent as the Comets will face them 12 times.

Don’t forget, FM 94.9 K-ROCK will broadcast all 76 regular season games, as well as all post-season games. Brendan Burke has been named the play-by-play broadcaster, and head of public relations, for the team’s inaugural season in the American Hockey League.

Hockey History


Hockey History – A Small Slice From My Life Experiences

I followed ice hockey throughout the 1950’s and thought I would share a little about this older era.

National Hockey League

The history of the National Hockey League begins with the end of its predecessor league, the National Hockey Association (NHA), in 1917. The NHL’s first quarter-century saw the league compete against two rival major leagues—the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and Western Canada Hockey League—for players and the Stanley Cup. The NHL first expanded into the United States in 1924 with the founding of the Boston Bruins, and by 1926 consisted of ten teams in Ontario, Quebec, the Great Lakes region, and the Northeastern United States. At the same time, the NHL emerged as the only major league and the sole competitor for the Stanley Cup; in 1947, the NHL completed a deal with the Stanley Cup trustees to gain full control of the Cup.

The Great Depression and World War II reduced the league to six teams, later known as the “Original Six”, by 1942.
Boston Bruins (joined league in 1924)
Chicago Black Hawks (joined league in 1926)
Detroit Red Wings (joined league in 1926)
Montreal Canadiens (founded in 1909; joined league in 1917)
New York Rangers (joined league in 1926)
Toronto Maple Leafs (joined league in 1917)

The NHL consisted of ten teams during the 1920s, but the league experienced a period of retrenchment during the Great Depression, losing the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ottawa Senators, and Montreal Maroons in succession to financial pressures. The New York Americans – one of the league’s original expansion franchises, along with the Bruins and Maroons – lasted longer, but World War II provided its own economic strains and also severely depleted the league’s Canadian player base, since Canada entered the war in September 1939 and many players left for military service. The Americans suspended operations in the fall of 1942, leaving the NHL with just six teams. Despite various efforts to initiate expansion after the war, including attempted restarts of the Maroons and Americans franchises, the league’s membership would remain at six teams for the next twenty-five seasons.

The Canadiens

Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL, as well as one of the oldest North American sports franchises The Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other franchise. They have won 24 championships, 22 of them since 1927, when NHL teams became the only ones to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Since 1996, the Canadiens have played their home games at the Bell Centre, which was named the Molson Centre until 2003. Former homes of the team include Jubilee Rink, Montreal Westmount Arena, Mount Royal Arena and the Montreal Forum. The Forum was considered a veritable shrine to hockey fans everywhere, and housed the team for seven decades and all but their first two Stanley Cup championships.

Montreal Maroons

1924/25: The NHL entered its eighth season with two goals, place a team in a major US market and place another team in Canada’s Largest City Montreal for the Anglo fans left behind when the Wanderers were forced to fold, after a fire destroyed their arena just five games into the first NHL season. The team in Montreal would be named the Maroons, and they would play their first game against their American expansion brothers on December 1st, losing the first ever NHL game played in the USA to the Boston Bruins 2-1. The Maroons, who had to pay $10,000 of their $ 15,000 expansion fee to the Montreal Canadiens for territorial rights, would have an arena of their own in Montreal, as they became the first tenant of the brand new Montreal Forum that had been built specially for the Maroons.

In the 1925/1926 Stanley Cup Finals the Maroons would face the Victoria Cougars from the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) who had beaten the Montreal Canadiens a year earlier for the Cup. The Maroons would easily knock off the Cougars winning in four games as Nels Stewart scored all 10 Maroons goals and Clint Benedict recorded three shutouts, winning the Stanley Cup back for the NHL. It would mark the last time the NHL Champion faced another league for the rights to the Stanley Cup as the WCHL folded following the season.

The Maroons were Stanley Cup Champions un 1926 and 1935

1938-: In the years after Maroons folded the Canadiens, where left to represent Montreal, which was upended by Toronto as the largest city in Canada during the 1970’s. Through these years Anglo hockey fans in Montreal either found themselves weaning onto the Habs or found themselves becoming Toronto Maple Leaf fans. Meanwhile the Montreal Forum, which was built specifically for the Maroons, would become the most famous venue in hockey as the Canadiens set a record with 24 Stanley Cup Championships with hockey heroes that will become legends throughout Canada, as the Maroons would be forgotten. A cruel twist to a once great rivalry that once saw the most fights between any two clubs. As many fights even erupted in the crowds, as well as the reporters covering each team would often be mean-spirited in their articles when mentioning their rivals inside the city of Montreal.

New York Americans

The New York Americans (colloquially known as the Amerks) were a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York from 1925 to 1942. They were the third expansion team in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the second to play in the United States. The team never won the Stanley Cup, but reached the semifinals twice. While it was the first team in New York, it was eclipsed by the second, the New York Rangers, which arrived in 1926 under the ownership of the Amerks’ landlord, Tex Ricard’s Madison Square Garden. The team operated as the Brooklyn Americans during the 1941–42 season before suspending operations in 1942 due to the twin strains of World War II and longstanding financial difficulties. The demise of the club marked the beginning of the NHL’s Original Six era from 1942 to 1967, though the Amerks’ franchise was not formally canceled until 1946. The New York Metropolitan Area would not have a second NHL team again until the establishment of the New York Islanders in nearby Uniondale, New York, on Long Island, in the 1972–73 season. The team’s overall regular season record was 255-402-127.

The Clinton Comets

Yes, I followed minor league hockey too.

Clinton, New York has had ice hockey since 1918 when Coach Ira Albert Prettyman arrived at Hamilton College and introduced the sport. Clinton has only a couple of thousand residents, but was once known as “Hockey Town, USA”.

Founded in 1927–28 as the Clinton Hockey Club, the team was originally started by Ed Stanley who acted as manager to build a team from local high school students and helped to provide finances for the team to buy equipment and take road trips. He quickly was able to build a very successful team which in the 1933-1934 season played in the National Amateur Championship at Madison Square Garden against the Hershey Bears.

Stanley, along with Coach Prettyman who brought college hockey to nearby Hamilton College went on to be the only two people from the same town or city on the 1940 Olympic hockey committee. The 1940 Winter Olympics were scheduled for Sapporo, Japan but were canceled because of the start of World War II, as well as the hopes of Comets players Wilfred Goering and Art Scoones who were trying out for the Olympic team.

The name Comets was picked in a contest run by the Clinton Civic Group in February 1949 when the first Clinton Arena was dedicated. This team played in the New York-Ontario League from 1951 to 1954 and then in the Eastern Hockey League between 1954 and 1973. During that time the venerable and beloved Comets won five League championships and received the Walker Cup in 1958, 1964, 1968, 1969, and 1970.

Saturday nights were “Hockey Night in Clinton” during those thrilling years when the Comets dominated the EHL. Over 2500 fans jammed the arena filling all seats and sometimes standing 2-3 deep around the catwalk. Cheering for the Comets and jeering for the opponents became normal. The rink was rocking and cars were parked on village streets such as Utica and Mulberry. Fights often broke out and sometimes chairs landed on the ice. This was exciting hockey in which the fans were a big part of the game. One referee and two linesmen tried to keep control.

From 1954 until 1973, the Comets participated in the Eastern Hockey League, dominating for ten of their nineteen seasons. Most notably, under head coach Pat Kelly, the Comets posted a 315–208–64 (wins-losses-ties) record over eight seasons. During that period, in the 1967–68 season, the Comets produced an awe-inspiring 57–5–10 record. The Comets won the EHL playoffs in 1958-59, 1963–64, 1967–68, 1968–69 and 1969-70.

Eastern Hockey League Teams
Baltimore Clippers (1954-55 to 1955-56)
Charlotte Checkers (1956-57 to 1972-73)
Clinton Comets (1954-55 to 1972-73)
Greensboro Generals (1959-60 to 1972-73)
Jersey Larks (1960-61)
Johnstown Jets (1955-56 to 1972-73)
Long Island Ducks (1961-62 to 1972-73)
New Haven Blades (1954-55 to 1971-72)
New York Rovers (1959-60 to 1960-61; 1964-65)
Philadelphia Ramblers (1955-56 to 1963-64)
Washington Lions (1954-55 to 1956-57)
Washington Presidents (1957-58 to 1959-60)
Worcester Warriors (1954-55)
Note: some of these teams “morphed” into NHL teams

The Comets played in the New York Ontario Hockey League 1952-1953
Clinton Comets 26- 6-0-62
Brockville Magedomas 22-15-1-45
Cornwall Falcons 19-16-2-40
Gananoque Gans 17-18-2-36
Inkerman Rockets 4-33-1- 9

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