EHL, NAHL, ACHL
|Team History||Clinton Hockey Club|
NYSAHL (1927/28 – 1948)
|Based in||Clinton, New York (1927 – 1973)|
Utica, New York (1973 – 1977)
|Colors||Red, White, and Blue|
Founded in 1927–28 as the Clinton Hockey Club and nicknamed the Comets in 1949, the team played primarily at the Clinton Arena from 1949 until 1973.
From 1954 until 1973, the Comets participated in the Eastern Hockey League, dominating for ten of their nineteen seasons. Most notably, under head coach Pat Kelly, the Comets posted a 315–208–64 (wins-losses-ties) record over eight seasons. During that period, in the 1967–68 season, the Comets produced an awe-inspiring 57–5–10 record. The Comets won the EHL playoffs in 1958-59, 1963-64, 1967-68, 1968-69 and 1969-70.
Later, when the team began playing games in the Utica Memorial Auditorium, it changed its name to the Mohawk Valley Comets. That team played in the North American Hockey League.
Notable alumni[edit | edit source]
Notable alumni of the Clinton Comets include:
- Ed Giacomin, who went on to become an all-star goaltender with the New York Rangers.
- Benny Woit, former player for the Detroit Red Wings.
- Pete Babando, former player for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks.
- Pat Kelly, went on to later become head coach of the Colorado Rockies (NHL), was the founder and first league commissioner of the East Coast Hockey League. He also had the ECHL's championship trophy named after him, the Kelly Cup.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Mancuso, Jim and Zalatan, Fred. The Clinton Comets: From The Chenango Canal to National Champions. Utica, NY: Mancuso Publishing, 2005.
- Mancuso, Jim and Zalatan, Fred. The Clinton Comets: An EHL Dynasty. Utica, NY: Mancuso Publishing, 2004.
See Also[edit | edit source]
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