SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch announce the hiring of Lukas Favale as broadcaster today.
“Lukas is a strong talent with a passion for the game of hockey,” said Crunch COO Jim Sarosy. “We look forward to having him join our staff and continue the high standard set by his predecessors.”
Favale, 25, joins the Crunch full time after interning with the team from 2012 to 2014. He most recently served as the director of broadcasting and media relations for the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL during the 2016-17 season before being hired as the director of broadcasting/account executive by the Adirondack Thunder.
“I am thrilled to be returning to a city and an organization that have made major impacts on me both personally and professionally,” said Favale. “I am so excited to be joining a premier organization like the Crunch and to have the opportunity to connect with such a passionate fan base. I’ve seen firsthand how this staff, led by Howard Dolgon, Vance Lederman and Jim Sarosy, has formed a special bond within the community and I’m eager to be a part of this group.”
As the voice of the Crunch, Favale will broadcast play-by-play for all Crunch games on the team’s official radio station, ESPN Radio Syracuse, along with hosting “The Shootout Show” live at the War Memorial Arena following home games. He will also host the one-hour “Crunch Weekly” show at Tully’s Good Times with special guests on select Thursday nights throughout the season. In addition to his broadcast responsibilities, Favale will serve as the team’s official statistician and prepare all game notes while selling ticket packages, single game tickets and booking groups.
Prior to his time in Elmira, Favale called games for the Mississippi RiverKings of the SPHL as their director of broadcasting and media relations from 2014 to 2016. Originally from Allendale, New Jersey, Favale graduated from Syracuse University in 2014.