Jul 7, 2017

The Utica Comets were honored on Wednesday evening during the American Hockey League Awards Gala with the Eastern Conference Fan Experience Excellence Award for the 2016-17 season. 

The event, which took place at the AHL's annual meeting of the Board of Governors in Hilton Head, South Carolina, paid tribute to great on and off-ice accomplishments from the recently concluded season. Sean Lavoine, VP of Licensing and Corporate Sales for the AHL, spoke highly of the Comet’s fan experience, mentioning the theme nights, Save of the Day black and green jersey, and other facets of the game day atmosphere at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Corporate Fulfillment Manager Adam Pawlick accepted the award on the Comets behalf. This is the fourth award the Comets have won in as many years – beginning with the James C. Hendy Memorial Award, and followed by the Presidents Award and the award for Exceptional Community Relations efforts.

"This is a great honor for our organization," said Comets President Robert Esche. "It’s always rewarding to see the hard work of our staff pay off, especially in regard to the experience we provide for our fans."

The Utica Comets continued the growing streak of sellout games at the Utica Memorial Auditorium with a running total of 93 games. In addition, the Comets have sold out 78 consecutive regular season games. The current AHL record for consecutive regular season home sellouts is held by the St. John’s IceCaps with 120 games from October 10, 2011 – October 26, 2014.

This marks the second consecutive season the Comets fans have sold out the Utica Memorial Auditorium for all home games. Last season’s total included the two playoff games against the Albany Devils. To this point, a total of 139,320 fans walked through the doors of The AUD to attend a Comets game during the season.

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