For the past three seasons, the Utica Comets have joined forces with the Save of the Day Foundation for their ‘Hometown Hero’ initiative, which recognizes and thanks a local Veteran who has served his/her Country in any branch of the military. The Hometown Hero is greeted to a standing ovation during the first period and presented with a personalized Hometown Hero jersey, as well as other gifts from the Comets organization. Due to the changes regarding the 2020-21 season, the Hometown Hero will still receive a personalized jersey and other gifts from the organization, but will be recognized virtually and on live television during the cable broadcast of all Comets home games.
The Comets, along with the General Manager of the Adirondack Bank Center and Veteran Rick Redmond, have always placed a large importance on honoring and respecting the entirety of the military and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our country, and the Hometown Hero program is an extension of that. Since its inception, the Hometown Hero recognition has been widely known as the most successful in-game facet of the Utica Comets game day experience.
As we begin the fourth year of the Hometown Hero initiative, the Comets are actively seeking submissions for the 2020-21 season. As noted above, all 2020-21 Hometown Heroes will be honored virtually. We look forward to welcoming them to a game when fans are permitted back in the Adirondack Bank Center!