Tonight's the night...after a 20-year absence, Utica hockey fans finally have their own team to cheer for once again!
Tonight, the Comets begin their season, and their quest for the Calder Cup, in Rochester against the Americans at 7:05 p.m.
It was April 10th 1993 the last time the Utica Devils played an AHL regular season game. I was just 2 days from turning 2-years old when that final game was played.
But now, finally, after 20-years, or 7,488 days, AHL Hockey is back!
The buzz around the city has been electric over the past few months, and today it all finally comes together when the Comets step onto the ice for the first time, for real.
When a Utica-based AHL team last visited Rochester, it was February 26, 1993, and the Devils earned a 6-4 victory with future hall-of-famer Martin Brodeur between the pipes.
That is one tough act to follow, but tonight, Joacim Eriksson and his teammates will attempt to create a legacy of their own. And tonight they will begin what we hope is a long and exciting relationship with the City of Utica.
No one said things will happen overnight as legacies take time to build, but the City of Utica is ready, the team is ready, and the fans are certainly ready. We have been waiting for this moment for 20 years, and tonight we finally get to say...LET'S GO COMETS!
Tonight marks a new chapter in Utica history, and another chance for the city to experience something great; something that unites us all. Tonight is a new beginning.
Puck drop is just a few hours away, it is finally time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!!!