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Comets to hold annual Military Appreciation game

Posted 11/10/22

The Utica Comets will hold their annual Military Appreciation game to honor local veterans at 7 p.m. Friday at the Adirondack Bank Center against the Laval Rocket.

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Comets to hold annual Military Appreciation game

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UTICA — The Utica Comets will hold their annual Military Appreciation game to honor local veterans at 7 p.m. Friday at the Adirondack Bank Center against the Laval Rocket. The celebration starts at 4:30 p.m. on the Veterans Plaza with a ceremony to include a wreath laying and the unveiling of a new way local veterans can connect with the Comets. The ceremony is open to the public. 

Many veterans, Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families will attend. The theme for this year’s game is to honor World War II Veterans.

There will be military-themed apparel at the Team Store, including hats, jackets and a limited-edition pin. Any veteran in attendance can also claim a free hat at the fan zone in appreciation of their service.

The Comets will then take the ice in their first theme jersey of the 2022-23 season. The jersey will feature a white camouflage print and the Utica Devils logo. A few game-worn jerseys will be live auctioned immediately following the game, with proceeds to benefit local military organizations and future upgrades to the Veterans Plaza.

“Veteran’s Day is a special day for those that have served our great country,” said Rick Redmond, general manager of the Adirondack Bank Center. “For me, being involved in honoring those that have served is humbling and I feel privileged for being able to continue to serve our local veterans and their families.”

The Comets are asking fans to bring canned goods or clothing donations to support the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center. Stations for donating will be set up on the Veterans Plaza the day of the game. All those who donate will be entered for a chance to win a Comets Veteran’s Day Fan Pack.

In partnership with AIS, the Comets are offering complimentary tickets to the game for all veterans who have served. Contact the Comets box office at 315-790-9070 to claim tickets. 

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