UTICA- Utica has had a rich history involving its hockey team. Today the Comets celebrated that by revealing a statue that has been in development for months.
“It’s been nine months in the making. It went out to California where they sculped it then out to Thailand where they actually created the mold then back here where they welded it. A lot of steps to a very cool uh something that I think will stand for years and decades of five of the greater people that I've ever met." Said Robert Esche
The four former players honored in the statue Jack Kane, Barden smith, David Armstrong, and Pierre Prevost were there as the statue was revealed. When Pierre Prevost first saw it, he was amazed at just how realistic the statue was.
“Everybody looked about the same, we could recognize each other it was really special you don’t expect that.”
The designers also engraved the year the Comets held the record for best professional hockey team.
The freezing rain also didn’t stop dozens of fans from coming out to support their local team. Organizers are very happy with how the statue turned out. The players represented in the statue were also humbled to be honored.
The statue will stand in front of the Adirondack Bank Center as a reminder of the great history that hockey has in the city of Utica.