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Trent Cull Replaces Travis Green For The Utica Comets

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It’s Cull’s first time being the bench boss in the AHL.

Columbus Blue Jackets portrait Photo by Getty Images/NHLI

As we wait for the bedlam of July 1st to crush our spirits - on that note it’s probably best for all two of you out there to pitch those Miller jerseys - comes some news for the Comets: they’ve named Trent Cull their new coach:

“Trent is a passionate head coach with significant AHL experience,” said Benning. “He understands the development path of a young player, including the challenges they face, and has been a part of many successful organizations. Trent is a teacher with a positive, energetic work ethic. We’re excited to welcome him and his family to our organization.”

Cull, 43, was head coach of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves for three seasons (2010 to 2013) compiling a 94-88-11-11 record. He served as an assistant coach with Syracuse for eight seasons from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2013 to 2017, culminating in an Eastern Conference Championship and berth in the 2017 Calder Cup Final.

“This is an exciting day, as we announce the second coach of the Utica Comets for our fifth anniversary season,” Utica Comets President Rob Esche stated. “I was very fortunate to have played with both coaches (Travis & Trent) and I feel that Trent’s character and vision will resonate with both his team and Comets fans while strengthening the hockey culture in our area.”

Getting a guy who just took a sniff at the Calder Cup is a good thing for a team stockpiling youth during the R-word time frame.

As you know, the Canucks promoted former Comets coach Travis Green to the seat formerly held by Willie Desjardins’ mustache.

Cull never played in the NHL. He was drafted #7 overall by the Guelph Platers in the OHL in 1989 and would go on to play nearly 900 games in the AHL, OHL and IHL.