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Utica Comets add additional forward on AHL contract

Ben Birnell
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Posted 8/2/22

The Utica Comets have added more depth for their 10th season in the American Hockey League.

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Utica Comets add additional forward on AHL contract

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The Utica Comets have added more depth for their 10th season in the American Hockey League.

On Monday afternoon, the team announced the addition of forward Noah Corson to a two-way AHL contract for the 2022-23 season. Terms of the deal were not released, which is standard practice for AHL contracts.

The two-way contract means Corson will be paid one salary if he plays with the Comets and a separate salary if he spends time with the team’s ECHL affiliate in Glens Falls-based Adirondack Thunder.

The 24-year-old from Quebec has limited AHL experience since turning pro during the 2019-20 season.

Last season, he ranked second on ECHL Norfolk with 24 goals and 31 assists in 57 games. He also had a two-game stint with Chicago in December.

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Most notably, Corson’s 162 penalty minutes led Norfolk and were sixth-most in the ECHL last season. In 23 games in the Southern Professional Hockey League — considered part of the single-A level in hockey — he had 91 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Corson is the son of longtime NHL player and former NHL All-Star Shayne Corson. He is also the nephew of another longtime NHL player, Darcy Tucker.

The addition of Corson makes 14 players who have been signed by the Comets for the 2022-23 season, which gives the team options should the need arise.

Not all of the players will likely play for the Comets, though, as the team will also have players signed to NHL contracts with the parent New Jersey Devils.

Here’s a list of the players signed to AHL contracts by Utica:

  • Forward: Ryan Schmelzer, Sam Laberge, Garrett Van Wyhe, Nolan Stevens, Xavier Parent, Nick Hutchison, Sebastian Vidmar, Nick Rivera.
  • Defense: Jarrod Gourley, Dylan Blujus, Filip Bratt.
  • Goalie: Mareks Mitens, Isaac Poulter.

Utica is slated to open the season on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Hershey with the home opener Monday, Oct. 17, against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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