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Syracuse Crunch
Syracuse Crunch.svg
City Syracuse, New York
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division East Division
Founded 1994
Home arena War Memorial at Oncenter
Colors Navy blue, red, white               
Owner(s) Howard Dolgon
General manager Vance Lederman
Head coach Ross Yates
Media Syracuse Post-Standard
WHEN
Affiliates Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
Franchise history
1992 to 1994 Hamilton Canucks
1994 to present Syracuse Crunch
Championships
Division Championships 1 (2001–02)

The Syracuse Crunch are a minor league professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Syracuse, New York, at the War Memorial at Oncenter. They are the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets.

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History

The Franchise originated as the Hamilton Canucks in 1992, which were an affiliate of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks played in Hamilton, Ontario for two seasons, before relocating to Upstate New York in 1994. They were then renamed the 'Crunch' in a public vote of 5 names. Since then they have developed a inter-state rivalry with the Rochester Americans.

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Honored numbers

The Crunch raised a banner following a fan vote during the team's fifth season in honor of fan favorite #14 "Big Bad" John Badduke. Though it is thought to be retired, it is not, as it would later be worn by former US Olympian Darby Hendrickson and Serge Aubin. In recent years the number has remained on the shelf out of respect for Badduke and the honor given to him by the fans in 1998–99.

During the 2008–09 AHL season, the team temporarily reserved, but not retired, #7 as a tribute to Paul Newman after his death. This honors Reg Dunlap, the player-coach for the fictional Charlestown Chiefs, which Newman played in the movie Slap Shot that was filmed partially at Onondaga County War Memorial. Coincidentally, other scenes were filmed at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA, the home ice of the Crunch's former ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. The banner was raised October 14 and was up for the entire season, but the number will not be retired, as it is worn by Crunch player Tom Sestito.

Logos and uniforms

Syracuse hockey history

American Hockey League teams that played in Syracuse:

Other hockey teams that played in Syracuse:

Team records

Single season

Goals: 40 Canada Lonny Bohonos (1995–96)
Assists: 58 Canada Bill Bowler (2000–01)
Points: 79 Lonny Bohonos (1995–96), Bill Bowler (2000–01)
Penalty minutes: 357 Canada Jody Shelley (2000–01)
GAA: 2.18 Canada Jean-Francois Labbe (2001–02)
SV%: .928 Jean-Francois Labbe (2001–02)

Career

Career goals: 107 Canada Mark Hartigan
Career assists: 143 Canada Brad Moran
Career points: 241 Brad Moran
Career penalty minutes: 820 Canada Jeremy Reich
Career goaltending wins: 78 United States Karl Goehring
Career shutouts: 11 Jean-Francois Labbe and Karl Goehring
Career games: 334 Brad Moran

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1994–95 80 29 42 9 67 288 325 5th, South
1995–96 80 31 37 5 7 74 257 307 5th, Central
1996–97 80 32 38 10 0 74 241 265 4th, Empire State
1997–98 80 35 32 11 2 83 272 285 3rd, Empire State
1998–99 80 18 50 9 3 48 220 327 5th, Empire State
1999–00 80 35 35 9 1 80 290 294 2nd, Empire State
2000–01 80 33 30 12 5 83 235 254 3rd, Mid-Atlantic
2001–02 80 39 23 13 5 96 228 193 1st, Central
2002–03 80 27 41 8 4 66 201 256 4th, Central
2003–04 80 38 25 10 7 93 239 235 2nd, North
2004–05 80 36 33 4 7 83 215 230 5th, North
2005–06 80 47 25 5 3 102 272 251 2nd, North
2006–07 80 34 34 4 8 80 250 248 5th, North
2007–08 80 46 26 2 6 100 247 201 2nd, North
2008–09 80 40 32 5 3 88 214 226 5th, North

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 Out of Playoffs
1995–96 W, 3–1, Binghamton W, 4–3, Baltimore L, 1–4, Rochester
1996–97 L, 0–3, Rochester
1997–98 L, 2–3, Hamilton
1998–99 Out of Playoffs
1999–00 L, 1–3, Hamilton
2000–01 L, 2–3, WBS
2001–02 W, 3–0, Philadelphia L, 3–4, Chicago
2002–03 Out of Playoffs
2003–04 L, 3–4, Rochester
2004–05 Out of Playoffs
2005–06 L, 2–4, Manitoba
2006–07 Out of Playoffs
2007–08 W, 4-2, Manitoba L, 3–4, Toronto
2008–09 Out of Playoffs

Current roster

As of March 7, 2010.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
30 Canada LaCosta, DanDan LaCosta G Left 23 2006 Labrador City, Newfoundland
38 Canada Lalande, KevinKevin Lalande G Left 23 2009 Kingston, Ontario
5 Canada Sigalet, JonathanJonathan Sigalet D Left 24 2008 Vancouver, British Columbia
9 Canada Bell, BrendanBrendan Bell D Left 26 2009 Ottawa, Ontario
22 Canada Holden, NickNick Holden D Left 27 2009 St. Albert, Alberta
28 Canada Regner, BrentBrent Regner D Right 20 2009 Westlock, Alberta
33 United States Ratchuk, MikeMike Ratchuk D Left 22 2009 Buffalo, New York
44 Canada Clitsome, GrantGrant Clitsome D Left 24 2008 Gloucester, Ontario
48 Canada Liffiton, DavidDavid Liffiton D Left 25 2009 Windsor, Ontario
7 Russia Mayorov, MaksimMaksim Mayorov RW Left 20 2008 Leninogorsk, Russia
10 Canada Aulin, JaredJared Aulin C Right 28 2009 Calgary, Alberta
15 Czech Republic Kana, TomasTomas Kana C Right 22 2009 Opava, Czech Republic
16 Canada Ferguson, SimonSimon Ferguson RW Right 26 2009 Langley, British Columbia
17 Canada Harvey, KevinKevin Harvey LW Left 25 2008 Sheffield, Ontario
23 United States Sestito, TomTom Sestito LW Left 22 2007 Rome, New York
24 Canada MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie C Left 28 2007 Sudbury, Ontario
26 United States Moore, GregGreg Moore C Right 25 2010 Lisbon, Maine
27 United States LaVallee-Smotherman, JordanJordan LaVallee-Smotherman LW Left 23 2009 Corvallis, Oregon
39 United States Frischmon, TrevorTrevor Frischmon C Left 28 2006 Ham Lake, Minnesota
41 Canada Mirasty, JonJon Mirasty LW Left 27 2007 Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
49 United States Fritsche, DanDan Fritsche C Right 24 2009 Parma, Ohio

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