Canucks extend AHL partnership with Utica Comets for up to 6 years

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The Vancouver Canucks have extended their AHL deal with the Utica Comets, the team announced Saturday.

The deal comprises an extension of up to six years for the Canucks’ affiliate in Utica, N.Y.

“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Utica,” said general manager Jim Benning in a press release. “The Comets share our organization’s level of commitment and philosophy in player development, providing a strong environment for growth. We believe the culture in Utica, combined with the great fan support and atmosphere at games, will continue to be beneficial for the players in our system.”

Utica has served as the Canucks’ AHL partner since the 2013-14 season, with one Calder Cup final appearance in 2014-15. The team also holds the AHL sellout-streak record, with 148 games between playoffs and regular season, from April 2015 to the present day. The previous record was 121, by the former Winnipeg Jets affiliate St. John’s Icecaps.

“We couldn’t be happier to extend and grow our well-established partnership with the Vancouver Canucks,” said Comets president Rob Esche. “It has been an honour to play a small part in the future of the Canucks organization, and we look forward to continuing to establish a culture and atmosphere here in Utica that aligns with the goals and values in Vancouver.”

The Comets are currently in fourth place in the AHL North Division, sitting on a .500 record with 32 games played in the regular season.

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