Utica Comets season-ticket holders have the opportunity go to the team’s preseason game against the rival Syracuse Crunch on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium for free.

The team announced Wednesday season-ticket holders can redeem their seats for the preseason game until Friday, Sept. 30, by going to the Comets front office, which is located across from the Horton Room near Section 218 at the Aud.

The remaining tickets, and unclaimed season tickets, will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Aud’s Box Office. Those tickets will be $10 with proceeds being donated to the Kelberman Center, which provides programs and services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder in the area. Utica season-ticket holders can make a donation to the Kelberman Center when they pick up their ticket.

The game, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will be the first preseason contest at the Aud since the Comets began play as the Vancouver Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate in the 2013-14 season, is part of a home-and-home series against the Crunch. The Comets and Crunch also play Saturday, Oct. 8 in Syracuse. Ticket details for that game at the War Memorial Arena have not been announced.

Utica’s regular season begins Saturday, Oct. 15 in Toronto. The Comets will host the Binghamton Senators in their home opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Aud.

Canucks add Malhotra to staff

Manny Malhotra has re-joined Vancouver, this time as a development coach.

The Canucks said Wednesday afternoon Malhotra will work part-time with the team’s coaching staff and players to develop specialized skills, including face-offs. The team also said the 36-year-old will travel to work with Canucks prospects.

Malhotra totaled 295 points in 991 games during 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, including three with the Canucks from 2010 to 2013. He also played with the New York Rangers, Dallas, Columbus, San Jose, Carolina and Montreal. He played 23 games last season for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters.