Comets Inaugural Season Schedule Set
- Updated: August 22, 2013
A proud member of the American Hockey League, the 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.
Once the home portion of the schedule begins, the Comets will enjoy a six-game homestand that will run from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5. The longest homestand of the season will be a seven-game stint from Dec. 15 to Jan. 3. Utica will end the season with a three consecutive games at home from April 16-19.
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.
Comets season tickets are available for purchase by calling a Comets Ticket Representative at (315)790-9070. Partial season ticket plans will be released on Monday. Comets fans who purchase full season tickets before September 1st, are eligible for the “15 Prizes in 15 Days” promotion currently going on. For more details on the promotion, please visit www.uticacomets.com.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 12th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2012-13.