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Utica Comets Opener Will Be A Big Event

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Home opener Wednesday, Oct. 23 will not only feature great hockey, but with the help Galaxy Communications, there will be a fan fest too. A lot of cool names will be there too: starting with  NHL Hall of Famer Gordie Howe. Plus the Hanson brothers (Steve and Jeff Carlson) from the movie “Slapshot” and ’80s rock band Night Ranger. The Bud Light Utica Comets Fan Fest, which will take place along Whitesboro Street across from Utica Memorial Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

The Comets also announced that single-game tickets will go on sale beginning Saturday, Oct. 5. Prices range from $15 to $25. Comets officials said they’ve already sold more than 1,000 season tickets, and they anticipate that the Aud will be filled to capacity opening night.

Howe, 85, is one of the most revered players of all time – so much so his nickname is “Mr. Hockey.” He played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association. He career lasted from 1946 through 1980.

Big connection with the Hanson Brothers too. Scenes from the movie were filmed at the Aud

The fan fest will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude with a fireworks display just before the puck drops for the 7:30 p.m. start against the Albany Devils.