Congratulations to Utica Comets forward Reid Boucher who has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January. 

The 24-year-old Michigan native had quite a start to 2018, logging some time with the parent club - the NHL's Vancouver Canucks - then scoring and assisting on some crucial goals as the help the Comets to a 9-1-2 record in January.

Per Comets release announcing Boucher award:

Boucher began the month in the National Hockey League, completing a three-game stint with the Vancouver Canucks. In his return to the Utica lineup on January 7, he recorded his first career hat trick as part of his second four-point performance of the season in the Comets’ 5-1 win at Hartford. He assisted on both the game-tying and game-winning goals in Utica’s 3-2 overtime decision at Binghamton on January 13, and scored twice in a 4-2 win vs. Syracuse on January 20. Boucher’s goal with 39.2 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime vs. Hartford on January 24, and he finished the month by representing the host Comets at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic, scoring three goals in the All-Star Challenge on January 29.

Boucher - the first Comet to ever receive Player of the Month honoros - will be presented with the award at an upcoming home game, the team has announced.

Meanwhile, the Comets return to action from their brief all-star break on Friday in the first of a home-and-home with the Syracuse Crunch. Utica will host Syracuse Friday night (7:00) at the Adirdondack Bank Center, then travel to play at Syracuse on Saturday night (7:00).