The Vancouver Canucks on Friday announced their new American Hockey League affiliate will play in Utica, N.Y., following unanimous approval by the league's Board of Governors to relocate the franchise from Peoria, Ill.
The organization will be known as the Utica Comets and play its home games at the Utica Memorial Auditorium under the management of Mohawk Valley Garden, led by former NHL, AHL and U.S. Olympic goaltender Robert Esche and longtime AHL owner Frank DuRoss.
"The city of Utica has a rich hockey history and a passionate fan base," Andrews said. "We welcome the Comets to the American Hockey League and look forward to returning to the Mohawk Valley."
Utica was home of the New Jersey Devils' AHL affiliate from 1987 to 1993 and has been home to United Hockey League and North Eastern Hockey League franchises.