UTICA — The Utica Comets were honored with the Eastern Conference Community Service Excellence Award for the 2018-19 season at the American Hockey League Awards Gala on Thurday, July 4.
AHL Vice President of Licensing and Corporate Sales, Sean Lavoine, spoke highly of the Comets’ community engagement, noting the over 100 community appearances by players throughout the season, the Purple Heart Recognition Night and over $300,000 in donations to the local community. This is the fifth AHL Team Business award the Comets have received since the inaugural season and second for exceptional community service. This includes the James C. Hendy Memorial Award, the Presidents Award and an award for Exceptional Fan Experience.
“We’re so lucky to have a community that constantly displays unwavering support for our team and embraces our players the way they do,” said Team President Robert Esche in accepting the award. “This award is a true honor and representation of our entire area’s passion for helping those in need.”