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Syracuse Stars
City Syracuse, New York
League Eastern Junior Hockey League
Founded 1996 (1996)
Home arena Onondaga Nation Arena[1]
Colors Yellow, Blue, and White
Franchise history
1996-1998 Syracuse Jr. Crunch
1998-1999 Auburn Jr. Crunch
1999-2005 Syracuse Jr. Crunch
2005-Present Syracuse Stars

The Syracuse Stars are a Tier III Junior A American junior ice hockey team from Syracuse, New York. They play in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, and also have an associated team of the same name in the Empire Junior B Hockey League.

On December 9, 2009, Maksymum Hockey LLC, based in Rochester, New York, announced plans to operate the Stars and move them to Rochester beginning with the 2010-11 season. They will play at the ESL Sports Centre.[2]



The stated mission of the Syracuse Stars organization is to provide the education, structure, and means necessary to advance players to the next level, while also developing the person, not just the hockey player. The Syracuse Stars believe that " ... character, commitment, work ethic and determination ... " are characteristics of a successful player, and the Syracuse Stars organization seeks to assist players in advancing to the NHL, Major Juniors, or College hockey.[3]


In 1996, the Syracuse Junior Crunch were founded to play Canadian Junior A in the Metro Junior A Hockey League, which was absorbed by the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League in 1998. The team moved to Auburn that year, and was re-named the Auburn Junior Crunch.[4] In 2005 the franchise was sold and renamed the Syracuse Stars, joining the Eastern Junior Hockey League.[5]

Team Members and Regular Season

The Syracuse Stars hold tryouts in April of each year.[6]. The season starts the day after Labor Day and playoffs finish during the third week of March each year. The schedule includes 45 EJHL regular season schedule games plus three rounds of playoffs.


The Head Coach of the Syracuse Stars is Don Kirnan. President of the Syracuse Stars Junior Hockey Club since 1986, Kirnan has 9 years of coaching at the Junior A and more than 15 years of coaching at the Junior B level. Coach Kirnan has been involved with the USA Olympic Development camps, and served as a coach at the Olympic Festival in 1993.

Coach Kirnan's philosophy includes the belief that constant exposure to high caliber of play along with an emphasis on education creates the ideal situation for aspiring student athletes to enhance their skills on the ice and in the classroom.


In addition to those players which have gone on to play for various college teams[7], a number of former Stars players have gone on to play at the NHL level, including the following:

Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings[8][9]
Tim Connolly of the Buffalo Sabres [10][11]
T.J. Fox of the San Jose Sharks[12][13] Rob Schremp Of the New York Islanders

Season-by-Season results

Jr. Crunch Logo
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1996-97 50 10 37 3 - 220 358 23 15th Metro A
1997-98 49 29 16 4 - 273 219 62 4th Metro A
1998-99 51 27 22 2 0 232 195 56 17th OPJHL
1999-00 49 9 36 2 2 170 303 22 36th OPJHL
2000-01 49 20 24 4 1 195 234 45 26th OPJHL
2001-02 49 20 24 5 0 187 226 45 21st OPJHL
2002-03 49 4 43 1 1 114 308 10 34th OPJHL
2003-04 49 20 26 0 3 192 223 43 22nd OPJHL
2004-05 49 8 35 3 3 158 267 22 31st OPJHL
2005-06 45 11 27 1 6 127 208 29 13th EJHL
2006-07 45 19 18 3 5 155 175 46 8th EJHL
2007-08 45 30 9 5 1 155 120 66 3rd EJHL Lost Quarter-final

Notes and references

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