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Utica Jr. Comets
Utica Jr. Comets
City: Utica, New York
League: National Collegiate Development Conference, United States Premier Hockey League
Founded: 1996
Home Arena: Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium
Colors: Green, Blue, Silver, and White
Franchise history
1996-1998: Syracuse Jr. Crunch
1998-1999: Auburn Jr. Crunch
1999-2005: Syracuse Jr. Crunch
2005-2009: Syracuse Stars
2015-2019: Syracuse Stars
2019-Present: Utica Jr. Comets

The Utica Jr. Comets are an American junior hockey team based out of the Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York. The organization is a member of the United States Premier Hockey League. The team was renamed in March of 2019. They had played in Utica for the 2018-19 season as part of an agreement with the ownership of the Syracuse Stars organization. The Comets organization had previously dealt with just youth level teams.

HistoryEdit

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logo as Syracuse Stars

The Syracuse Stars were a Tier III Junior A American junior ice hockey team from Syracuse, New York. They played in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, and also had an associated team of the same name in the Empire Junior B Hockey League. A later version of the team was a member of the United States Premier Hockey League.

On December 9, 2009, Maksymum Hockey LLC, based in Rochester, New York, announced plans to operate the Stars and move them to Rochester beginning with the 2010-11 season. They will play at the ESL Sports Centre.[1]

The team would return to operation with the 2015-16 playing season as the Rockland, Massachusetts based Bay State Breakers organization sold their rights to a team in the United States Premier Hockey League's Premier Division to what would become a reborn Syracuse Stars organization. The Breakers were returning their focus to youth level teams.

On March 15, 2019 it was announced that the Stars organization would fully merge with the Utica Jr. Comets youth organization and relocate to Utica for the 2019-20 season.[2]  Several of the team had alreay been based out of Utica, NY for the 2018-19 season as the National Collegiate Development Conference team and United States Premier Hockey League Premier Division teams had already relocated to the Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium while retaining the Syracuse Stars moniker.  As part of the 2018 reorganization the USPHL Elite Division team sat out the 2018-19 season. The changes coincides with the proposed Nexus Center which would be a three-sheet facility that is located next to the Utica Memorial Auditorium.


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Jr. Crunch Logo

In 1996, the Syracuse Junior Crunch were founded to play Canadian Junior A in the Metro Junior A Hockey League, which was absorbed by the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League in 1998. The team moved to Auburn that year, and was re-named the Auburn Junior Crunch.[3] In 2005 the franchise was sold and renamed the Syracuse Stars, joining the Eastern Junior Hockey League.[4]

Team Members and Regular SeasonEdit

The Syracuse Stars hold tryouts in April of each year.[5]. The season starts the day after Labor Day and playoffs finish during the third week of March each year. The schedule includes 45 EJHL regular season schedule games plus three rounds of playoffs.

AlumniEdit

In addition to those players which have gone on to play for various college teams[6], a number of former Stars players have gone on to play at the NHL level, including the following:

Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings[7][8]
Tim Connolly of the Buffalo Sabres [9][10]
T.J. Fox of the San Jose Sharks[11][12]
Rob Schremp Of the New York Islanders

Season-by-Season resultsEdit

Season GP W L T OL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1996-97 50 10 37 3 - 220 358 23 15th Metro A
1997-98 49 29 16 4 - 273 219 62 4th Metro A
1998-99 51 27 22 2 0 232 195 56 6th OPJHL-E
1999-00 49 9 36 2 2 170 303 22 10th OPJHL-E
2000-01 49 20 24 4 1 195 234 45 8th OPJHL-E
2001-02 49 20 24 5 0 187 226 45 6th OPJHL-E
2002-03 49 4 43 1 1 114 308 10 10th OPJHL-E
2003-04 49 20 26 0 3 192 223 43 7th OPJHL-E
2004-05 49 8 35 3 3 158 267 22 9th OPJHL-E
2005-06 45 11 27 1 6 127 208 29 13th EJHL
2006-07 45 19 18 3 5 155 175 46 8th EJHL
2007-08 45 30 9 5 1 155 120 66 3rd EJHL Lost Quarter-final
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17 Premier 45 26 14 - 5 179 152 57 4th USPHL Premier Lost Semifinal
2016-17 Elite 45 30 12 - 2 198 99 62 3rd USPHL North Lost Round Robin
2017-18 Premier 44 30 12 - 2 198 135 62 3rd North Lost Division Quarterfinals
2017-18 Elite 45 8 28 - 5 110 243 21 6th North Did not qualify
2018-19 Premier 44 21 18 - 5 147 141 47 3rd North East Eliminated in Nationals Round Robin
USPHL - NCDC
Season GP W L OL SL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2017-18 50 19 22 9 - 150 199 47 7th of 11 L, QF 1-2 (Boston Jr. Bruins)
2018-19 50 27 19 3 - 173 165 58 8th of 10 L, QF 0-2 (Connecticut Jr Rangers

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