There are 30 AHL member clubs, affiliated with 30 NHL teams. Here we take a look, a snapshot if you will, at those cities and teams that makeup the American Hockey League. Let’s take a look at the Syracuse Crunch.
Since 1994, the city of Syracuse has been home to the Crunch. In that time the Crunch have a franchise record of 626-609-96-69-36. Beginning in 2012-13, Syracuse will be home to the top prospects of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Before Syracuse, the Lightning housed their top prospects in Norfolk. Syracuse has one division title and ten trips to the playoffs, in its franchise history. Prior to affiliating with the Lightning, the Crunch were a top farm club for Anaheim, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. Crunchman is back in the Salt City.
Long before the Crunch brought the AHL back to Syracuse, the city had some deep roots in the AHL. There were the Calder Cup winning Syracuse Stars of 1936-37. They were followed by the short-lived Warriors, Eagles and Firebirds.
Name: Syracuse Crunch
NHL Parent Club: Tampa Bay Lightning
2011-12 Record: 37-29-5-5 (84 points), fourth place in East Division. Lost in first round of playoffs against St. John’s.
Coach: Jon Cooper
Notable Alumni: Serge Aubin, Adrian Aucoin, Francois Beauchemin, Kris Beech, Matt Beleskey, Radim Bicanek, Lonny Bohonos, Nick Bonino, Derick Brassard, Matt Clark, Grant Clitsome, Ty Conklin, Matt Cooke, Riley Cote, Larry Courville, Kyle Cumiskey, Mathieu Darche, Matt Davidson, Andy Delmore, Robert Dome, Derek Dorsett, Harold Druken, Philippe Dupuis, Ray Emery, Nikita Filatov, Mike Fountain, Trevor Frischmon, Michael Gaul, Martin Gendron, Steven Goertzen, Rob Gordon, Josh Green, Mark Hartigan, Darby Hendrickson, Jamie Heward, Corey Hirsch, Peter Holland, Jan Hrdina, Tim Jackman, Dane Jackson, Jean-Francois Jacques, Aaron Johnson, Steve Kariya, Steve Kelly, Dan Kesa, Tomas Kloucek, Espen Knutsen, Chad Kolarik, Zenon Konopka, Frantisek Kucera, Jean-Francois Labbe, Nathan LaFayette, Pascal Leclaire, Dave Liffiton, Brian Loney, Joffrey Lupul, Derek MacKenzie, Patrick Maroon, Steve Mason, Greg Mauldin, Maksim Mayorov, Brandon McMillan, Greg Moore, Brad Moran, Joe Motzko, Tyson Nash, Filip Novak, Chris O’Sullivan, Nathan Paetsch, Kyle Palmieri, Mike Pandolfo, Mike Peca, Alexandre Picard, Domenic Pittis, Geoff Platt, Sean Pronger, Jamie Pushor, Jeremy Reich, Aaron Rome, Michal Rozsival, Michael Rupp, Jarkko Ruutu, Peter Sarno, Reggie Savage, Peter Schaefer, Corey Schwab, Tom Sestito, Dan Sexton, Jody Shelley, Jonathan Sigalet, Brent Sopel, Iiro Takki, Scott Walker, Derrick Walser, Duvie Westcott, Kay Whitmore, Clay Wilson, Mark Wotton, Mike York.
Calder Cup(s): 0
Arena: War Memorial at Oncenter. Capacity, 6,159
Team colors: Blue, white and silver
Top Rival: Rochester Americans