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New York-Based Hockey Players Honored


Fox, Sturm and Farabee Honored (Farabee Pictured)

Jericho native and Harvard junior defenseman Adam Fox and Clarkson University junior forward Nico Sturm were both named to the American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) East First Team All-Americans while Syracuse (Cicero) native Joel Farabee was selected as the Tim Taylor National Rookie of the Year in ceremonies Friday afternoon.

Fox, a Calgary draft pick who was traded to Carolina last summer and a Hobey Baker Award Hat-Trick finalist, led the Crimson in scoring with 39 assists and 48 points. He has 116 points in 97 collegiate games and is only five assists from 100 in his career. He came through the U.S. National Development Program.

The undrafted and Germany born Sturm had scouts salivating all season as he led the Golden Knights with 45 points in 39 contests. He cracked the 100-career point mark late in the season before giving up his final year of eligibility to sign with the Minnesota Wild where he played in two late-season games.

Farabee, a first-round draft pick for the Philadelphia Flyers (14th overall) was the top freshman scorer in Hockey East with Boston University with 36 points in 37 games including 17 goals.

Rochester, NY Native Has Nice Run With Providence

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 26: The Boston University Terriers host the Providence College Friars during NCAA men's hockey at Agganis Arena on October 26, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon)


By Warren Kozireski–

Providence College received an at-large bid to the NCAA hockey tournament after their 21-win season and defeated Minnesota State and Cornell to win the East Regional to advance to the fifth Frozen Four in program history.

A huge part of that success has been McQuaid grad and native Jack Dugan’s 39-point campaign; the second most on the team.

That road ended Thursday night with a 4-1 loss to defending champ Minnesota-Duluth, which included two-empty-net goals.

“It’s really hard obviously; I can’t imagine what the seniors feel like,” Dugan said in the post-game locker room. “We obviously thought we could win it and I think we played a helluva game tonight and could have won, but it just came down to a bounce and they got it.

“I think we were the better team for most of the game.

“These guys brought me and all the freshmen in and were welcoming with open arms and accepted us. A lot of teams aren’t like that…so for me it’s been outstanding. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to be playing with and I think next year we’ll have a really good team as well, but this definitely stings.”

Sabres Prospect Jacob Bryson



By Warren Kozireski–

Buffalo Sabres 2017 fourth round draft pick Jacob Bryson and his Providence Friars made a run to the Frozen Four on what he hopes to be his future home ice in Buffalo before falling to Minnesota-Duluth in the national semi-finals 4-1.

The Friars received an at-large bid to the NCAA hockey tournament after their 21-win season and defeated Minnesota State and Cornell to win the East Regional to advance to the fifth Frozen Four in program history.

“It just shows how special Providence as a program is to make it the three years…to the tournament every year,” Bryson said in the post-game press conference. “This was our first experience in the Frozen Four, it was unbelievable.  That shows you how good our program is.

“That’s a big reason why…I chose this place, because we wanted to win. I’m happy with our group this year. We had such a dynamic group of individuals. Even though we’re young, shows you how far we got under coach (and Cortland grad Gary) Leaman’s wing, he did a great job of coaching us and being hard on us every day in practice to get us to this point.”

The 5’9”, 179 lb. left shot and captain for Providence scored 27 points with 23 of those assists, including one assist in each of his last three postseason contests.

As for whether he is contemplating ending his collegiate career a year early and signing a pro contract, Bryson said, “I’m really not focused on that right now. I’m so excited how my team played tonight, how we’ve been over the season. We came so far, did such a great job. That’s really what I’m focused on right now.”

Amerks Redmond Named To AHL First All-Star Team



Veteran blueliner earns AHL year-end honors for second straight season

(Rochester, NY) – The American Hockey League announced that Rochester Americans defensemanZach Redmond has been named to the 2018-19 AHL First All-Star Team.

The 30-year-old Redmond earns year-end honors for the second straight season after being named to the AHL Second All-Star Team in 2017-18, becoming the first Amerks defenseman to be selected in back-to-back years since Terry Hollinger in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

Redmond surpassed his 47-point output from last season in 10 fewer games during the 2018-19 campaign, recording career-highs in goals (21) and points (50) while adding 29 assists and a plus-14 on-ice rating in 56 games for Rochester.

The eighth-year pro currently leads all AHL defensemen in goals (21) and power-play goals (10) and ranks third in points heading into the final weekend of the regular season. He’s also tied for the league lead with nine game-winning goals while his 196 shots are the most by an AHL blueliner this season.

Earlier this season, Redmond broke the 46-year-old franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a single season, surpassing Amerks Hall of Famer Rick Pagnutti, who set the original mark with 18 goals during the 1972-73 campaign. Since then, Redmond continued his record-setting season by becoming the first defenseman in team history – and first of six different Amerks skaters this season – to reach the 20-goal mark. Redmond, who is currently averaging just under a point-per-game and had an AHL-best nine-game point streak to end the month of October, reached the 50-point mark for the first time in his pro career with an assist Saturday in Syracuse.

Originally a seventh-round selection (184th overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Redmond has amassed 197 points (65+132) in 312 career AHL games with Rochester, St. John’s, San Antonio and Chicago. He’s also totaled 38 points (9+29) in 133 NHL appearances, including three last season with the Buffalo Sabres.

Crunch Weekly Report


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Wed., April 3 – Crunch at Belleville – W, 1-0
Fri., April 5 – Crunch at Rochester – W, 6-1
Sat., April 6 – Crunch vs. Rochester – L, 5-2


Fri., April 12 – Crunch vs. Laval – 7 p.m.
Sat., April 13 – Crunch vs. Rochester – 7 p.m.
Sun., April 14 – Crunch at Utica – 5 p.m.


The Crunch won two of their three games in Week 27 to position themselves with a one point lead in the North Division entering the final week of the regular season.

Syracuse opened the week with a 1-0 shutout win over the Belleville Senators, behind a 34-save performance by Atte Tolvanen-his first career shutout. The Crunch and Rochester Americans then played a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday night, with the road team claiming a pair of wins. The Crunch trounced the Amerks, 6-1, Friday night, but the Amerks responded with a 5-2 win in Syracuse the next day.

The race for the North Division title comes down to the final weekend of the season as Syracuse ends with a three-in-three weekend, including two home games.


Alex Barré-Boulet paced the Crunch with four points in three games last week. He posted a multi-point performance (2a) Friday in Rochester then followed up with a goal and assist Saturday against the Amerks. That snapped a 15-game drought without a multi-point performance and gives his 16 this season; only Carter Verhaeghe (22) has more games with at least two points.

Barré-Boulet leads AHL rookies and ranks seventh overall in the league with 64 points (33g, 31a). He’s attempting to become the first Crunch rookie to win the Garrett Award for most outstanding AHL rookie.


There’s a lot on the line as the Crunch prepare for their final weekend of the regular season. First and foremost is the Crunch’s pursuit of their second division championship in the last three seasons. Entering the week, the Crunch hold a one point lead over the Rochester Americans for the division title; the Crunch’s magic number stands at six.

Syracuse is also eyeing franchise records in a few departments with three games left. If the Crunch win their final three games, they would established a new franchise wins record. They currently have 45 wins this season; their team record is 47, which was done in an 80-game season (2005-06). Their record for a 76-game season is 46 wins, which they did last year.

The Crunch need three points in the last three games to tie their franchise record for points percentage (.658) and it would also be their second consecutive 100-point season. They have three 100-point seasons in franchise history and their team record is 102 points.

Carter Verhaeghe is tied with Toronto’s Jeremy Bracco at 77 points for the AHL scoring lead. No Crunch player has ever won the John B. Sollenberger trophy as the league’s leading scorer and the Crunch’s franchise record is 79 points. If Verhaeghe wins the scoring title, it would be the first time since the AHL officially started tracking NHL-AHL affiliations (1971) that an affiliation produced the scoring champion in both leagues during the same season; Nikita Kucherov won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer this season. Jeannot Gilbert (Hershey) and Phil Esposito (Boston) did it in 1968-69 when those team’s had a “working relationship.”

Meanwhile Alex Barré-Boulet is tied with the Marlies Chris Mueller for the league lead with 33 goals. The last Crunch player to lead the league in goals was Tyler Johnson in 2012-13.


The Crunch’s final weekend presents just their second three-in-three of the season.

First up is a home match with the Laval Rocket-the sixth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. Syracuse holds a 4-1-0-0 record against the Rocket, including two wins on home ice. The Rocket-eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight season-have just three wins in the last 10 games as they arrive in Syracuse in the middle of their final three-game road trip of the season.

Saturday’s home finale features a match that could determine the winner of the North Division. The Crunch host the Amerks in the 12th and final regular season match between the teams. The clubs split a home-and-home series-their third split this season-and enter the week separated by one point in the division. Rochester has won six games and the Crunch have won five this season.

The Crunch end the season in Utica against the Comets for the Galaxy Cup series finale. The Crunch have claimed the cup for a third straight season and they’ve defeated the Comets in five consecutive meetings since Feb. 1.


Wednesday, April 3 | Game 71 at Belleville | W, 1-0
Syracuse 0 1 0 – 1 Shots: 6-11-15-32 PP: 0/2
Belleville 0 0 0 – 0 Shots: 13-11-10-34 PP: 0/3
2nd Period-Andreoff 25 (Volkov, Conacher), 8:32. . . . Tolvanen 2-1-0 (34 shots-34 saves). A-3,155

Friday, April 5 | Game 72 at Rochester | W, 6-1
Syracuse 2 1 3 – 6 Shots: 12-6-7-25 PP: 0/3
Rochester 0 1 0 – 1 Shots: 7-10-13-30 PP: 0/6
1st Period-Volkov 21 (Andreoff, Labrie), 13:59. Dumont 14 (Barré-Boulet), 19:24. 2nd Period-Foote 10 (Volkov, Conacher), 9:27. 3rd Period-Verhaeghe 31 (Unassisted), 8:27. Brassart 3 (Somppi, Yan), 13:28. Katchouk 11 (Dumont, Barré-Boulet), 15:04. . . . Tolvanen 3-1-0 (30 shots-29 saves). A-7,564

Saturday, April 6 | Game 73 vs. Rochester | L, 5-2
Rochester 2 3 0 – 5 Shots: 15-15-5-35 PP: 1/5
Syracuse 0 1 1 – 2 Shots: 3-8-6-17 PP: 0/3
2nd Period-Barré-Boulet 33 (Andreoff, Verhaeghe), 19:30. 3rd Period-Yan 11 (Barré-Boulet, Foote), 5:54. . . . Tolvanen 3-2-0 (35 shots-30 saves). A-6,029

Category Average/Total AHL Rank (Prev)
Power Play 20.6% (62-for-301) 5th (6th)
Penalty Kill 85.0% (301-for-354) 4th (4th)
Goals For 3.45 GFA (252) 4th (4th)
Goals Against 2.45 GAA (179) 1st (1st)
Shots For 28.04 SF/G (2047) 25th (25th)
Shots Against 28.77 SA/G (2100) 13th (11th)
Penalty Minutes 14.04 PIM/G (1025) 7th (7th)
Category Leader
Points 77 Verhaeghe
Goals 33 Barré-Boulet
Assists 46 Verhaeghe
PIM 150 Andreoff
Plus/Minus +34 Masin
Wins 25 Pasquale
GAA 2.37 Pasquale
Save % 0.916 Pasquale

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Amerks Weekly Report


**This Week’s Storylines**


Following a pair of wins over the Syracuse Crunch and Cleveland Monsters to close out the week, the Amerks sit just one point behind Syracuse for the AHL’s North Division lead going into this weekend’s final three games of the regular season. Rochester sits eight points ahead of third-place Toronto and has a 15-point lead on Cleveland, which currently has a one-point lead on Belleville for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division coming into the final week of the campaign. The Amerks have earned 50 out of a possible 72 points in their last 36 games heading and among all AHL teams, only the Charlotte Checkers (49) and Crunch (45) have more wins than the Amerks (45), who are third overall in the AHL with a .658 points percentage.


Of the remaining three games for the Amerks, who are second in the North Division, two are outside the Flower City with all three coming over a stretch of three games in three nights to conclude the regular season. Rochester will play all three contests against North Division opponents, including one final get-together against Syracuse. Should the Amerks finish in first, it’ll be the team’s first North Division title since 2004-05.


The Amerks officially punched their ticket into the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs, marking the 46th time in the 63-year history of the franchise that the Amerks have advanced to the postseason. It’s also the sixth time in 10 years Rochester has qualified for the playoffs, clinching on the road by way of a 6-4 win over the Binghamton Devils on March 30. With a 2-1 win over Cleveland on Monday,  the Amerks are now guaranteed at least a second-place finish or better in the American Hockey League’s North Division, securing home ice for the best-of-five first-round series of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs.


Of Rochester’s 45 wins this season, eight have been when the club has trailed after 40 minutes of play, which are most in the AHL. Four of the come-from-behind victories have been when facing a multi-goal deficit, including three separate three-goal third-periods. The Amerks have the most shots in the AHL in each of the second (832) and third periods (784) in the league while the club has the most goals in the final 20 minutes of regulation (88) and second-most in the middle stanza (85).


After failing to produce a 20-goal scorer last season for just the second time in franchise history, the Amerks will have six different players to have reached the mark by the season’s end, something Rochester hasn’t done since the 1996-97 campaign. Wayne Simpson scored twice on Saturday to become the latest to join the 20-goal club, joining Zach Redmond, who became the first defenseman in team history to score 20 goals in a season, and fellow forwards Victor Olofsson, C.J. Smith, Taylor Leier,and Danny O’Regan. The Amerks are the only team in the AHL with six different 20-goal scorers this season. Rochester’s well-balanced offense has also produced three 50-point getters so far in 2018-19 in Olofsson (60), Smith (58) and Redmond (50) while O’Regan (46) is also the verge coming into the first weekend of April. The last time the Amerks had three 50-point getters came during the 2009-10 season, which included Jamie Johnson (27+44), Clay Wilson (14+46) and current head coach Chris Taylor (17+44).


After returning from his first-career recall to the Buffalo Sabres Monday afternoon, Victor Olofsson continues to lead the Amerks in both assists (33) and points (60) while scoring 27 goals for the second straight year through 64 games this season. Olofsson, who earned CCM/AHL Player of the Month honors for October, is currently tied for 14th in the AHL in overall scoring while ranking 16th among the league’s top goal-scorers. Additionally, he ranks among the league leaders with 15 power-play assists while his nine game-winning goals, three of which have come in his last 12 games, are also tied for most in the AHL.


C.J. Smith has been piling up the points on an absolute torrid pace. With his team-leading 28th goal of the season Saturday night, the second-year pro has amassed a whopping 41 points (22+19) over his last 39 games dating back to Dec. 5, having been held scoreless just 10 times over that span. He also posted a season-long nine-game point streak in that time. Smith is eyeing the 60-point plateau for the first time in his career and has already established career-highs in goals (28), assists (30) and points (58). He also holds the team lead with a plus-29 on-ice rating, which is tied for seven-best in the league, in 60 games while playing at nearly a point-per-game pace for the better part of the last three months for Rochester.


With 28 and 27 goals each on the season respectively, forwards C.J. Smith and Victor Olofsson are well on their way to becoming the first set of Amerks to score 30 in the same season since Thomas Vanek (42) and Jason Pominville (30) both reached the mark during the 2004-05 campaign when Rochester finished the year with an AHL-best 51-19-6-4 record, winning the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as regular-season champions. The Amerks would set several single-season franchise records for the most points (112) and the longest home winning streak which saw Rochester win 17 consecutive home games between Dec. 17 and Mar. 4 while Vanek would go on to tie the single-season franchise marks for most goals by a rookie (42) and most power-play goals (25).


With 20 points (5+15) over his last 19 games, which includes six multi-point efforts during that span, Redmond has scored a career-high 21 goals through 56 games, including 10 on the power-play, good enough for 13th in the league in that category. Redmond, who is currently averaging just under a point-per-game and had an AHL-best nine-game point streak to end the month of October, reached the 50-point mark for the first time in his pro career with an assist Saturday in Syracuse. He ranks second among all AHL defensemen with 50 points while his franchise-record 21 goals and 196 shots are the most by an AHL blueliner this season. His nine game-winning tallies are tops in the AHL.


Scott Wedgewood,who has won 10 of his last 16 games, boasts a career-best 28-13-2 record in 47 appearances this season. In addition to his 28 wins, which are five off the league lead coming into week, the sixth-netminder has posted a career-best five shutouts, which are second-most in the AHL. Wedgewood, who previously won a season-long five straight to close out the month of October, also ranks eighth among all goaltenders in saves (1,167) while his 2.67 goals-against average and .908 save percentage are just inside the top 20 in the AHL, respectively. He’s the first Amerks netminder to post five shutouts in a season since Ryan Miller had eight in 2004-05 and remains on pace to become the first goaltender to reach 30 wins in a season since former two-time MVP David Leggio posted 38 victories during the 2012-13 campaign.


At 24-8-3-1, Rochester has the best road record in the AHL along with the most regulation wins away from home with 24. The Amerks also have the fewest regulation road losses in the AHL this season with eight, having collected at least one point in 28 of their 36 contests away from The Blue Cross Arena. Coming into the week, the Amerks have won five straight and 10 of the last 12 away from the Flower City.


Fan Appreciation Night presented by UR Medicine Sports Medicine is set for Friday night during the team’s regular-season home finale versus the Binghamton Devils. The Amerks Team Store presented by ADPRO Sports will be offering a store-wide 30% discount for all items on entire in-store purchases. Fans can take advantage of this special offer beginning at 11:00 a.m. through the end of the gameAll tickets to the game are just $18 for best-available seating with $10 tickets available for kids 12 and under. Prior to the game, the2018-19 Team Awards will be presented, including the Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Rob Zabelny Unsung Hero and the Fairand O’Neil Sportsmanship Award, while the Amerks Booster Club Awards, such as Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Player, will also be announced.

Cheektowaga Warriors 16U Tier II National Champs



By Eric Bell
The Cheektowaga Warriors 16U Tier II Tournament Bound team went undefeated through 6 games, fighting from behind in all 3 playoff games, including the shootout in the championship game, to bring home a national championship to Cheektowaga. Down 4-2 early in the third, the Warriors went on the power play with 12:43 left scoring 28 seconds into the PP to close the gap to 4-3. 3-1/2 minutes later, with 9:20 left in the game, they went to the PP again scoring 1:17 into that PP to tied the game. The balance of the third and a full overtime could not bring an end to the game which ended up going to a shootout. Cheektowaga’s goalie stood tall as 4 Falcon shooters tried to solve him with no luck. Cheektowaga only needed 3 shooters as 2 of the 3 converted. The third shooter would end up being the dagger Cheektowaga needed to bring home a national championship!

Congratulations to Tony Pierino, his staff and the boys for bringing home the national championship!!!

Way to go boys!!!

Next Level Hockey Development Exposure Camp News


The 8th annual Next Level Hockey Development Exposure Camp will run from August 12th-16th, 2019.  The camp has sold out the previous years and is expected to sell out this year.  What is unique about the Next Level Girls Ice Hockey Development Exposure Camp is that it is led by current women’s college hockey coaches with a different coach providing the on ice instruction each day.  This year the coaching staff’s will be comprised of Division 1 and Division 3 Coaches.  As in the past, the college coaches will be running the on ice sessions.  In addition, the camp counselors, who will be working with the players both on and off the ice, are all current or former college hockey players.  Each day the coach’s focus will be working on a different skill set and theme.    

This camp provides an excellent opportunity for players to gain exposure and insight from the college coaches. It is also an excellent training camp for players, as they get ready for the upcoming season.  It is an all day camp held at the Nichols School rink with the focus on becoming a better all-around hockey player.  The camp will focus on skating, stick handling, shooting (finishing), and passing.  The players will also be coached in the fundamentals of offensive and defensive strategies, as well as team play.

Each player will receive a written evaluation report at the end of the camp.  There is also a dedicated one hour goalie session each day with two goalie coaches on the ice running the session.  All on ice sessions will also include a goalie coach.   All players will receive a Next Level Hockey jersey for the camp.

Details on the camp can be found on found at www.NLHDgroup.com

If you have additional questions, please call (716) 870-4442.

1 Year Later: Remembering Humboldt Broncos


Today, we remember the players, families, friends, and entire Humboldt Broncos community affected by the bus crash a year ago 💚💛 #HumboldtStrong

Watch “Forever Broncos” Sunday Night


Wayne Gretzky Narrates E:60 Special Honoring Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team

Year After Tragedy, E:60 “Forever Broncos” on Victims, Survivors, Families and Fight to Move Forward

NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is the voice for a special E:60 program “Forever Broncos,” telling the intimate and untold stories behind the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. The result of a year-long collaboration with Canada’s TSN, the program airs Sunday, April 7, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

“We are devoting the entire hour Sunday morning to a remarkable, emotional story of strength, healing, courage and resilience,” said executive producer Andy Tennant. “We will take you to a hockey town deep in the heart of Saskatchewan and introduce you to some extraordinary people. Considering the role hockey plays in their lives, we asked the greatest player ever to lend his voice to this special story.”

On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos were on the way to a playoff game when their bus collided with a semi-truck that had run a stop sign. Sixteen of the 29 people on the bus were killed – players, coaches, and team staff. As news of the tragedy spread, an entire nation and the hockey world reached out to support a community in mourning.

E:60’s Jeremy Schaap and producer Mike Farrell traveled to central Canada to document the road to recovery for the Humboldt families and the surviving hockey players and coaches.

As Scott Taylor, who lost his son Evan, says in the film, “The community needs the Broncos probably more than ever. Hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome our pain and wrongs and deaths. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.”

In addition to airing on the award-winning E:60, “Forever Broncos,” will also be available on demand on the ESPN App.

Cornell’s Nuttle & Vanderlaan Turn Pro


ITHACA, N.Y. — Senior defenseman Matt Nuttle has signed an amateur tryout contract to play the remainder of the 2018-19 season with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, the team announced Thursday afternoon. He joins senior forward Mitch Vanderlaan, who signed a similar deal with the AHL’s Utica Comets earlier this week, in becoming the first members of this season’s graduating class to join the professional ranks.

Nuttle recently concluded a resilient collegiate career in which he went from playing just two games a freshman to winning ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman while serving as an alternate captain. He once again led the team with a plus-18 rating as a senior, but Nuttle also enjoyed a breakthrough season offensively. He scored four goals to pair with 15 assists for 19 points, doubling his career scoring total in just the one season.

Vanderlaan was a rare two-time captain for the Big Red, racking up 97 points on 41 goals and 56 assists in 132 collegiate career games – the most points for a Cornellian since Greg Miller ’13 had 98. His 30 points during the 2018-19 season was a career high. Vanderlaan also earned All-Ivy League honors three times, including honorable mention each of the last two seasons.

Both Nuttle and Vanderlaan could make their professional debuts as soon as games at 7 p.m. Friday. The Stingrays host the front end of a home-and-home with Atlanta Gladiators, while the Comets host the Toronto Marlies.

Thunder’s Henry Recipient of ECHL Community Service Award


PRINCETON, N.J. – Adirondack’s James Henry has been selected as the recipient of the 2018-19 ECHL Community Service Award.

Each ECHL team was given the opportunity to nominate a player for their efforts supporting community and charitable causes during the 2018-19 season. The nominations were voted on by League Office personnel.

As a year-round resident of Glens Falls, New York, Henry is an integral part of the Thunder’s community outreach throughout the year. Last summer, he attended events at Saratoga Polo, delivered tickets to corporate sponsors including the Glens Falls Youth Center and sampled food at Taste of the North Country while representing and promoting the Thunder.

During the season, he was in four different schools as part of the team’s reading and Good Move programs, showcasing the benefits of healthy eating, daily physical activity and good sleep.

Each year, along with his wife Ashley, they select a community initiative to try to benefit to the best of their abilities. This season, from some of their past personal experiences, the Henry’s chose Mission 22, which aides in the prevention of veteran suicide. Through their ideas, which included a Mission 22-themed warmup jersey auction, the Thunder donated over $7,500 to Mission 22.

The other nominees for the 2018-19 ECHL Community Service Award were: Gary Steffes (Allen), Nathan Todd (Brampton), Justin Vaive (Cincinnati), Ben Masella (Florida), Jamie Schaafsma (Fort Wayne), Travis Howe (Greenville), Mitch Moroz (Idaho), Mathew Thompson (Indy), Eli Lichtenwald (Jacksonville), Jimmy Mullin (Kalamazoo), Rocco Carzo (Kansas City), Louie Rowe (Maine), Nic Pierog (Manchester), Todd Skirving (Newfoundland), Ty Reichenbach (Norfolk), Andrew D’Agostini (Reading), Patrick Megannety (South Carolina), Tyler Spezia (Toledo), Steven Kaunisto (Tulsa), Taylor Richart (Utah), Aaron Titcomb (Wheeling), Tyler Elbrecht (Wichita) and Connor Doherty (Worcester).

ECHL Community Service Award Winners
2018-19 James Henry, Adirondack Thunder
2017-18 Jeremy Beaudry, Wichita Thunder
2016-17 Mike Embach, Fort Wayne Komets
2015-16 Rob Florentino, Florida Everblades
2014-15 Cal Wild, Brampton Beast
2013-14 Dan Eves, Cincinnati Cyclones
2012-13 Andy Brandt, Gwinnett Gladiators
2011-12 Jason Fredricks, Ontario Reign
2010-11 Chris Frank, Elmira Jackals and Dustin Sproat, Cincinnati Cyclones

Walcott Named Crunch AHL Man of the Year


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch are proud to announce that Daniel Walcott has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Syracuse community during the 2018-19 season.

Throughout the season, Walcott has worked to become a socially informed and active member of the Syracuse community. Walcott suffered an injury during a Tampa Bay Lightning preseason game and spent six months rehabbing with the team before returning to the ice on March 23. While unable to skate or play in games, he focused completely on becoming a leader and mentor within the Syracuse community. Throughout his four years in Syracuse, Walcott has adopted a sense of social responsibility and his outreach has extended beyond hockey.

This season, Walcott worked with PEACE, Inc. to become a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. After a rigorous background check and interview process, Walcott was matched with his little, Jeremiah. Since being matched, Walcott and Jeremiah and done numerous activities with each other around Syracuse, including bowling and attending Crunch games.

Being a mentor within the Big Brothers Big Sisters program means making a large time commitment and becoming responsible for a young member of the Syracuse community. In addition to activities, Walcott has built a relationship with Jeremiah as a role model. He helps Jeremiah with his homework and is in contact with Jeremiah’s mother to help him with in-school behavior and responsibilities.

While unable to skate and working on a different schedule from his teammates, Walcott worked to maintain a strong relationship with both his team and the fan base. He continued to be a leader in the team’s efforts to raise money and support the greater Syracuse community. During the holiday season, Walcott joined his teammates in decorating ornaments that were sold during a December game to support the team’s Change for Change campaign benefitting Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. He has also participated in celebrity bartending to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Hope for the Holidays.

During his time in Syracuse, Walcott has built relationships with a number of fans and corporate partners. He has spent his time at different schools, organizations and community centers. He continued the annual visit to Canton Woods Senior Center to spend an afternoon playing pool and shuffleboard with recreation members. He also visited French Clubs and local high schools to speak to the students about being bilingual and cultural diversity, while encouraging their study of another language.

Walcott’s positive energy and willingness to interact with the fans makes him a favorite in Syracuse. Not only does he consistently volunteer to participate in team events, he motivates his teammates to do the same. He worked with the front office this season to ensure he is in tune with community needs and put his increased available time to good service. His involvement with the community and fans make him a great role model on the team and a positive representative of the Syracuse Crunch organization.

This is Walcott second consecutive season as Syracuse’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.

Walcott is now one of 31 finalists for the AHL’s 2018-19 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League at a later date.