Tier 1 Status Attracts Albany Talent
by Adam PawlickNov 15, 2016
Youth sports take a large commitment from not only the kids participating but also from their parents. When the Utica Comets came to town, hockey fans in the area experienced a revival as American Hockey League action returned to the area for the first time in over 20 years. Along with AHL hockey came the opportunity to re-energize kids and parents about taking part in local youth hockey.
The Utica Jr. Comets youth program has continued to grow year after year, and now, their Tier 1 status is grabbing the attention of players and parents outside the Utica-Rome area.
The majority of the 2004 roster is familiar with one another as they played together last season during the 2015-16 campaign. This season, with Tier 1 AAA status, the 2004 team attracted the talent of three players from the Albany, NY area. Two forwards (Ryan Dickinson, Jack Dalto) and one goalie (Jacob Gish) make up the trio of players from Albany that have been influential in the early success of the team this season. The newly obtained AAA status for the Jr. Comets was appealing to these young players, as well as having the guidance of former NHL star Robert Esche as their head coach.
“The coaching staff is more developmental and focuses on skills,” said Ryan Dickinson when asked ‘what do you like most about playing for the Jr. Comets?’
As the Jr. Comets play out of the Utica Memorial Auditorium, about 100 miles from Albany, this means extended travel time for these players and parents; nonetheless, they are happy with their decision to join the organization.
“This is the best season ever so far,” Jack Dalto explained eagerly. “This is the most fun I’ve had playing hockey.”
The Jr. Comets are happy to have their commitment and welcome them to the organization, which is continuing to expand and develop each and every day.