09/13/05
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ACTION RETURNS TO UTICA IN FEBRUARY

The Binghamton Senators hockey club announced today details of the first regular season American Hockey League game to be played in Utica N.Y. since 1996.  Binghamton, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, will take on the Syracuse Crunch at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 at 7:05 p.m. 

Regular ticket price for the game is $20 with a $2 discount for children under the age of 12 and Binghamton Senators season ticket holders.  Tickets will go on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Utica Memorial Auditorium box office on Monday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.  Ticketmaster outlets in the Utica area include Kaufmann’s at Sangertown Square Mall in New Hartford, the Stanley Theatre in Utica and Mr. C’s in Herkimer.  Fans can also log on to www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.

Fans in Binghamton may purchase tickets at the Senators’ executive office on the third floor of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, at the Arena box office, by calling (607) 722-SENS or online at www.binghamtonsenators.com  Tickets also go on sale in Binghamton on Oct. 17.

The game will be the first regular season American Hockey League contest in Utica since Dec. 28, 1996 when the Binghamton Rangers were defeated 6-3 by the Syracuse Crunch. 

“The Binghamton Senators are excited to bring an American Hockey League game back to the Utica-Rome market that has been such a great hockey region through the years,” said Tom Mitchell, the Senators’ executive vice president of operations.

Mitchell played professional hockey for the Clinton Comets of the Eastern Hockey League from 1968 to 1972. 

The American Hockey League continues to serve as the top developmental league for all 30 National

Hockey League teams, as over 80 percent of NHL players in 2003-04 were AHL graduates.

In 2004-05, more than 7.1 million fans – an all-time league record – attended AHL games across North America. 

Binghamton joined the AHL prior to the 2002-03 season and has enjoyed two East Division titles in three seasons.  Notable NHL players to suit up for the Binghamton Senators include forwards Jason Spezza, Chris Neil, and Rob Ray; goalie Ray Emery; and defensemen Brian Pothier and Anton Volchenkov. 

Syracuse is the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. 

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