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Ryan Johnson - General Manager

johnson.jpgOn July 26, 2017, Ryan Johnson added Comets General Manager duties to his existing role as Director of Player Development. In this expanded role, Johnson will continue to work closely with prospects in the system and lead the day-to-day function of Comets Hockey Operations. He originally joined the Canucks as a Player Development Consultant in 2013 and became Director of Player Development in 2016. Johnson played 210 games in a Canucks uniform over a 701 game NHL career (38-84-122). 

Trent Cull - Head Coach

Trent.jpgCull begins his first season manning the bench of the Utica Comets. He previosuly served as an assistant coach with Syracuse for eight seasons from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2013 to 2017, culminating in an Eastern Conference Championship and berth in the 2017 Calder Cup Final.

He was the head coach of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves for three seasons (2010 to 2013) compiling a 94-88-11-11 record.

The Georgetown, Ontario native played 11 seasons as a defenseman in the AHL and IHL with five teams: St. John’s, Houston, Springfield, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse. He totaled 618 games as a pro with a 28-79-107 record and 1,629 penalty minutes.

Gary Agnew - Associate Coach

Gary.jpgGary Agnew joins Trent Cull’s staff as Comets Associate Coach and adds experience at the NHL, AHL and junior coaching levels. He most recently worked as an Assistant Coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2015-16 season. Agnew’s experience is highlighted by a head coaching role with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, General Manager/Head Coach of the London Knights and he was twice recognized as OHL Coach of the Year.

Jason King - Assistant Coach

Kinger.jpgJason King enters his second year with the Comets after spending the previous 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.

Curtis Sanford - Player Development Goaltending Consultant

Sandman.jpgSanford, 37, completed his 15-year professional career after the 2014-15 season in the KHL with the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. The Owen Sound, Ontario native competed in 144 career NHL games, 35 of which were with the Canucks from 2007-2009. In addition, Sanford appeared in 251 career AHL games as well as an appearance in the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic. He was also named to the 2010-11 AHL second All-Star Team and possessed the best goals against average in the AHL with a 1.93 GAA.

Josh Gagnon - Video Coach

Gags.jpgJosh 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 daughter Emma.

Damion Parmelee - Equipment Manager

Parms.jpgDamion Parmelee is in his fourth season as the Comets Equipment manager and his 18th season working in the professional hockey. 

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 as well as the 2015, 2016 and 2018 AHL All-Star Games. He celebrated his 1500th game on February 8, 2019. 

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

Roman Kaszczij - Athletic Trainer

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Greg Lowden - Assistant Equipment Manager

Greg.jpgGreg Lowden is in his second full season with the Comets as Assistant Equipment Manager and his 7th season working in professional hockey. 

Prior to joining the Comets, he worked with the Adirondack Phantoms from 2011 until their move to Lehigh Valley in 2014. 

Lowden is a graduate of Rutger's University and received a master's degree from Shenandoah University. He is a native of New Jersey and currently resides in New York Mills with his goldfish, Travis. 

 

Nate Williams - Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Ryan Monaco - Assistant Athletic Trainer

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