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Comets, Canucks extend relationship

The Vancouver Canucks have extended their deal with American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets. The deal in place will allow for an extension of up to an additional six years.

“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Utica,” said Jim Benning, general manager of Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “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.”

“We couldn’t be happier to extend and grow our well-established partnership with the Vancouver Canucks,” said Rob Esche, president of the Utica Comets. “It has been an honor 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 have been the Canucks’ primary development affiliate in the AHL since 2013. The Comets won a division title and reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2015, and hold the AHL record for most consecutive sellouts (133 and counting).