Charity on the skating rink


One of the major success stories in recent years is the resurgence of professional hockey in our area. The Utica Comets with their great skating, colorful uniforms and fervent fans are terrific.

And not just on the ice. This year, despite the pandemic, players from the Utica Jr. Comets and members of the Comets staff helped deliver 250 turkeys to the Utica Rescue Mission to help local families in need during the holiday season. Players from the NCDC Junior Team and the 16U Jr. Comets helped unload turkeys from cars, courtesy of Don’s Ford. The 250 turkeys were purchased by the Save of the Day Foundation through donations from Don’s Ford and attorney George Murad. Founded in 1980, the Rescue Mission “endeavors to assess and meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of all people coming for assistance.”

The concept that the coronavirus might stifle charity efforts didn’t discourage Comets President Robert Esche. “Just because there’s no hockey yet this year doesn’t mean we stop giving back to our community,” he said. “In some ways, this year is even more special, because we get to put the younger players in the shoes of the professionals to see what their futures can look like. “

The community can be thankful to the Comets, and the other organizations that perform similar feats of kindness during the holidays.


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