UTICA — The Utica Comets have signed two forwards, Samuel Laberge and Ryan Schmelzer, for the 2021-2022 season.
Laberge, 24, hails from Chateauguay, Quebec. He played 50 games last season for the Allen Americans in the ECHL where he scored 15 goals and 22 assists. Laberge, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, won the Humanitarian of the Year award in back-to-back seasons while with Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2016 and 2017. He played parts of two seasons in the AHL with the Texas Stars from 2017-2019 totaling 97 games played registering eight goals and 14 assists.
Schmelzer, 27, played the last three seasons with the Binghamton Devils. Schmelzer, 6-foot-2, 187 pounds is from Buffalo, and played four seasons at Canisius College where he captained the team in his senior season. In 143 NCAA games, he scored 40 goals and 66 assists. During his time with Binghamton, he played 133 games scoring 23 goals and 32 assists.
The Comets open the 2021-2022 season at home Oct. 17. The game will mark the anniversary of the Utica Devils’ inaugural game 34 years ago.