June 24, 2022
Utica, NY – Utica Comets general manager Dan MacKinnon announced today that the team has signed five players for the 2022-23 season, including forward Nick Hutchison on a standard one-way player contract with defender Jarrod Gourley, strikers Sebastian Vidmar and Nick Rivera and goalkeeper, Isaac Poulter, all of whom have signed standard two-way player contracts for the coming season.
Hutchison, 27, is from Hicksville, New York and spent last season with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and Manitoba Moose with ECHL’s Wheeling. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound former Canisius College forward played 32 career AHL games, registering three goals and four assists for seven points. A 2017 NCAA (AHA) regular season champion with Canisius, he finished his collegiate career as the 2020 Atlantic Hockey Association Conference Second Team All-Star.
Gourley, 22, played four games with the Comets last season following the start of his first professional season with Adirondack where he played 10 games. Gourley, a native of Calgary, Alta., played three seasons at Arizona State Division I before ending his college career at the University of Connecticut. In 125 NCAA games, he scored 10 goals and 17 assists for 17 points. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defenseman will enter his first full season of professional hockey in the 2022-23 campaign.
Rivera, 26, played nine games for the Comets last season, registering one assist. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward from Pacific Palisades, Calif., spent most of last season with the ECHL’s Adirondacks Thunder, playing 42 games, scoring 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points. The Minnesota State University product skated four seasons of NCAA Division I hockey winning the NCAA Championship (WCHA) in 2019.
Vidmar, 28, spent 50 games playing for the Thunder last season, scoring 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points, placing him third on the team in scoring. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound forward from Malmö, Sweden, played four seasons at Union College before turning professional with the Stockton Heat at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Poulter, 20, played last season in the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos who played in 49 games with a 3.00 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 174-pound goaltender from Winnipeg, Manitoba finished the season as a WHL Second Team All-Star (Central). In total, he played 137 WHL games for Swift Current with a 35-87-12 record.
Season passes are now available for the 2022-23 season. Utica will open the season on Monday, October 17e, exactly 35 years after the Utica Devils played their first game. All new season subscribers will receive an exclusive Comets 10e birthday jersey with their bundle of tickets. Subscription information is available at uticacomets.com/szn.