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Pat Conacher - Director of Hockey Operations

Conacher_Pat.jpgPat Conacher joined the Comets staff on August 12, 2013 as the franchise’s first Director of Hockey Operations.

Pat has coached and played over three decades of professional hockey including 521 career NHL games with a record of 139 points (63-76-139) and 235 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Comets, Conacher was head coach of the Regina Pats of the WHL for two seasons from 2011-12 to 2012-13. His coaching career began in 2001-02 with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach before Head Coaching appointments with the Utah Grizzlies and San Antonio Rampage.

Before coaching, Pat was a member of the Utica Devils over the course of three seasons playing a combined 108 games and recording 97 points (27-70-97) and 91 penalty minutes. The Edmonton, AB native was drafted by the New York Rangers 76th overall in the 1979 Entry Draft and played for six NHL teams: the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. Conacher’s career includes two trips to the Stanley Cup finals, a championship with the Oilers in 1984 and a 24-game Cup run with Los Angeles in 1993.

Pat and his wife Susan have three children, Patrick, Dan and Cheyenne.

Jason King - Assistant Coach

King_Jason.jpgJason King enters his first year with the Comets after spending the last three seasons with the IceCaps. His post-playing career included two seasons as an assistant coach and last season as the Director of Hockey Operations.

King was drafted in the 7th round (212th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. The Corner Brook, Newfoundland native made his NHL debut in the 2002-03 season. A year later, King made a splash with the Canucks when he was featured on a line with perennial all-stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and earned Rookie of the Month honors for November while scoring 12 goals in 47 games that season.

King finished his 11-year pro career a veteran of 59 NHL games, 335 AHL games and 140 DEL games (Germany). The forward spent two seasons with St. John’s from 2011-2013, leading the club in goal scoring in 2011-12 and earning Community Man of the Year honors for his efforts in the community. In 2013-14, his first season behind the bench, King helped coach the IceCaps to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals after a fourth place finish in the AHL’s Eastern Conference and a franchise record 99 points.

Nolan Baumgartner - Assistant Coach

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Baumgartner, 40, is in his fourth season as a Utica Comets assistant coach and fifth season as an assistant coach with the Canucks AHL affiliate. Prior to being named assistant coach with the AHL's Chicago Wolves to start the 2012-13 season, Baumgartner completed a 17-year professional playing career where he served in a leadership role as captain of both the Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose.

In 143 career regular season NHL games, Baumgartner recorded 47 points (7-40-47) and 69 penalty minutes with Washington, Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Dallas. The Calgary, AB, native played 878 regular season AHL games while he earned 390 points (83-307-390) and 815 penalty minutes. He also accumulated 29 points (4-25-29) and 85 penalty minutes in 86 career Calder Cup playoff outings, including an appearance in the 2009 Calder Cup Final as a member of the Manitoba Moose.

Baumgartner also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1995 and 1996, won gold at both tournaments and served as captain in 1996.

Selected 10th overall  by the Washington Capitals in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Baumgartner was a member of the Memorial Cup championship Kamloops Blazers in 1994 and 1995.

Nolan, his wife Liz, and son Jake currently reside in Utica.

Toby Blosser - Athletic Trainer

Blosser_Toby.jpgThis is Toby’s first year as the head athletic trainer with the Utica Comets and first year in professional hockey. 

For the previous eight seasons, Blosser served as the head athletic trainer for the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in Saginaw, MI. 

Prior to his time with the Sprit, Blosser operated as the head athletic trainer at Saginaw Valley State University and Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo and Master’s from Michigan State University. 

Toby is married to wife Christyn and they have two children, Brady and Eliza. 

Damion Parmelee - Equipment Manager

parmelee_damion.jpgDamion Parmelee is in his third season as the Comets Equipment manager and his 11th season working in the American Hockey League. 

Prior to joining the Comets, he spent eight seasons (2006-14) with the Phantoms, both in Philadelphia and Adirondack. He spent 2003-2006 with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. In 2006 the Aces won the Kelly Cup Championship. He spent 2000-2003 with the ECHL’s Pee Dee Pride.

He started his professional hockey career in 1999 as an assistant equipment manager for the AHL’s Albany River Rats. Parmelee had the honor of working the 2002 and 2003 ECHL All Star games.

He is a native from Binghamton, NY and currently resides in New Hartford, NY with his wife Ashley, son Wyatt and dog Alyeska.

Greg Lowden - Assistant Equipment Manager

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Ken Hetzel - Strength and Conditioning

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Josh Gagnon - Video Coordinator

Josh Gagnon joined the Comets for their inaugural season as the team's video coordinator.

Prior to joining the Comets, Josh served as an assistant on the Mohawk Valley Community College coaching staff. A graduate of Clinton High School, Josh received his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from SUNY at Oswego.

He was a member of the 2008 Oswego NECHL championship team. Josh currently resides in Utica with his wife Erin, and their dog PepperAnn.