The Utica Comets were honored on Thursday night at the American Hockey League Awards Gala in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The Comets received the Eastern Conference Community Service Excellence Award for the 2018-19 season.

The award recognizes off-ice accomplishments from the recently concluded season.

Comets players made over 100 community appearances throughout the season, held Purple Heart Recognition Night and made over $300,000  in donations to the local community.

Team President Robert Esche and Vice President Adam Pawlick accepted the award on behalf of the Comets organization.

“We’re so lucky to have a community that constantly displays unwavering support for our team and embraces our players the way they do,’ said Esche. “This award is a true honor and representation of our entire area’s passion for helping those in need.”