The newly formed Utica Comets organization made a splash Wednesday when the club announced they had signed defencemen Sacha Guimond to an American Hockey League contract for the 2013-14 season.


The 22-year old, Ville-Marie, Quebec native went undrafted during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and didn’t join the QMJHL until the 2011-2012 season when he put up 9 goals and 32 assists in 65 games.


Last season, the 6-2, 185 pound defencemen split time between the San Francisco Bulls and the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL where he put up 12 goals and 37 assists (49 points) in 58 games. He also notched 2 goals and 4 assists in 10 playoff games for the Gladiators.


With his tremendous success during his first professional season, Guimond was named the league’s outstanding defecemen, and was also named to the All-Rookie Team, and All-ECHL First Team.


Guimond also suited up for six AHL contests last season with the Worcester Sharks and the Norfolk Admirals failing to put up any points during that time.


No doubt Guimond has a lot to prove this season for the Comets, and he will surely bring a great boost to the Comets blueline if he managed to build on the success of his first professional hockey season.



Adam Reid