UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Monday morning saw the start of the Utica Comets’ preseason training camp at the Adirondack Bank Center, 22 players broken down into 13 forwards, 9 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.

With a roster that is right now made up of almost exclusively AHL level contracts, day one of camp was used to introduce players new to the organization to the Devils’ and Comets’ style of play and familiarize those players with the coaching staff and veterans.

Eyewitness Sports Director Brennan Miller spoke with Utica Comets head coach Kevin Dineen and captain Ryan Schmelzer after practice on Monday.

Camp opening roster:


Matt Stief

Will MacKinnon

Ryan Orgel

Tyler Wotherspoon

Topias Vilen

Robbie Russo

Colin Felix


Travis Broughman

Samuel Laberge

Yushiro Hirano

Ryan Fitzgerald

Erik Middendorf

Jace Isley

Ryan Schmelzer

Timur Ibragimov

Xavier Parent

Joseph Gambardella

Filip Engaras

TJ Friedmann

Ryan Smith


Tyler Brennan 

Vinnie Purpura