Feeling artsy? Utica Comets have a jersey design contest for students
A student in Central New York could see their creative work worn by Utica Comets players this season.
As part of one of the Comets’ promotions for the team’s 10th season in the American Hockey League season, any student in the “Central New York” area can create a jersey that could be seen by thousands at the Adirondack Bank Center.
It is the first time the Comets — beginning the second season as the affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils — will have a contest in which someone can design a jersey the team possibly wears during a game. Other teams in various leagues and sports have had similar “design a jersey” promotions.
The Comets’ contest is open to “local students of all ages,” according to the team. That means the winning design could come from a kindergartner or a college student in the area.
It is one of at least four special jerseys are planning to wear during the 2022-23 season.
The team said jerseys can be designed using a template provided on the Comets’ website or drawn using “any medium and method” with the markers, crayons, pencils, cut and paste and drawing/tracing being noted as possibilities. The team’s primary crest logo may be used on the jersey but is not required.
All designs must be submitted before Friday, Sept. 30 to be eligible. The team is set to wear the jersey Sunday, April 2 when the team is scheduled to play the rival Syracuse Crunch beginning at 3 p.m. Though, the team did note “rules, promotions, and stipulations are subject to change.”
The designer of the winning jersey has the opportunity “to work directly” with the Comets’ creative team to have their jersey created and worn. The team’s jerseys have been designed by Utica native Eric Kowiatek, who is the team’s Vice President of Creative Services.
The team said “specialty jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to the Save of the Day Foundation,” which is Comets’ President Rob Esche’s charitable organization.
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