Local hockey fans are responding to the American Hockey League's return to Utica.

The Utica Comets have sold 1,000 season tickets in just four days.

Chairman Frank DuRoss says he's owned seven professional sports teams and has never seen that many season tickets sold  in a four-day span.

President Robert Esche say Utica is a hockey town, and the response, through ticket sales, and social media further solidifies that fact.

The Comets, an affiliate of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, will begin play at the Utica Auditorium in the fall.