Comets give back to local kids


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Comets have been successful on the ice here in Utica lately, and that success is translating within the community as well.

Players from Utica's new AHL team visited the Pediatric Unit at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, Thursday, to spend some time with children battling life-threatening illnesses.

In addition to providing the children with a special day and plenty of smiles, the Comets also delivered holiday presents to them, including hockey sticks, team blankets, and trading cards.

"To make a difference in kids' lives, whether it's giving an autograph or just saying hi, and making a difference for that child I think is critical," said defenseman, Alex Biega. "It means a lot to us and the organization."

For many of the Comets' players, this visit marked their 3rd time in their short time in Utica, in which they visited the Pediatric Unit at Faxton-St. Luke's.

"We feel lucky to have the life we have right now," said defenseman, Yann Sauve. "Some of these kids unfortunately that have illnesses, it's just part of giving back to them."

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