November 8, 2021

On Thursday, November 11 at 3 p.m., the Utica Comets will hold their annual Military Appreciation Game to honor our local veterans and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make to protect our country. The morning game, which takes place on Veterans Day, will welcome many veterans, Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families to the Adirondack Bank Center to watch the Comets take on the Syracuse Crunch. The theme for this year’s game is “Honor and Remember”, with Comets focusing on honoring and remembering the sacrifice of our fallen military heroes and their families.

The celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. in Veterans’ Square at the Adirondack Bank Center with an annual ceremony. The ceremony will include a laying of wreaths, as well as the unveiling of several veteran-related additions to the plaza that will be built over the next few years. The ceremony is open to the public. 72 Tavern & Grill will open at 11 a.m. to welcome fans and attendees.

When the doors open, fans will be able to enjoy a selection of military-themed apparel in the Team Store, including limited-edition hats, jackets, and a lapel pin. Any veteran in attendance can also claim a free “Honor and Remember” hat in the fan zone as a thank you for their service.

The Comets will then take to the ice in their first themed jersey of the 2021-22 season. A new take on the Comets brand, the jersey will feature a camo print and a modified red and black crest. Additionally, each player will wear a unique military patch on their shoulders, representing a certain branch or unit that may have special meaning to them. A few game-worn jerseys will be auctioned live immediately after the game, with proceeds going to local military organizations and future improvements to the Veterans Square.

A face-off with representatives from every major conflict dating back to World War II will kick off the evening, in addition to a color guard and a special performance of the national anthem. Several veteran resource organizations will be located in the lobby for veterans and their families.

“Veterans Day is a special day for those who have served our great country,” said Rick Redmond, General Manager of the Adirondack Bank Center. “For me, participating in honoring those who have served is humbling and I feel privileged to be able to continue to serve our local veterans and their families. »

The Comets are asking for help from our fans to support our soldier food, apparel and cell phone initiative before entering the game on Thursday. Stations will be set up in Veterans’ Square to donate these items. Everyone who donates will have a chance to win a Comets Veteran’s Day fan pack.

Finally, in partnership with AIS, the Comets are offering free tickets to the game to all veterans who served. Please contact the Comets box office at 315-790-9070 to claim your tickets.

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