Local hockey fans will want to circle the date of Wednesday, October 21st  on their calendar.

That's when the Utica Comets will play their home opener against the Rochester Americans at the Utica Auditorium.

The American Hockey League released its 2015-16 schedule today.

The home-opening weekend for the Comets will also include games on Friday, October 23rd against the Hershey Bears and Saturday, October 24th versus the arch-rival Syracuse Crunch.

The Comets will begin the season on the road on October 10th in Rochester.

26 of the 38 games on the Comets home schedule will take place on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  For the complete schedule, visit the Comets website.