Syracuse Crunch
City: Syracuse, New York
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: East Division
Founded: 1992
Home Arena: Oncenter War Memorial Arena
Colors: Blue, White, and Silver


Owner(s): Howard Dolgon
General Manager: Julien Brisebois
Head Coach: Jon Cooper
Media: Syracuse Post-Standard
Affiliates: Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Franchise history
1992–1994: Hamilton Canucks
1994–present: Syracuse Crunch
Division Championships: 1 (2001–02)
Conference Championships: 1 (2012–13 AHL season

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 primary development affiliate of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning. On March 17, 2010, it was reported that the Blue Jackets were to cut their affiliation with the Crunch, and place its minor leaguers with the Springfield Falcons. On March 25, 2010, the Crunch announced that they had signed a deal to be the AHL affiliate for the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 AHL seasons. On June 14, 2012, the crunch announced that they had signed a multi-year deal to be the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending their two year tenure with Anaheim.

Official Syracuse Crunch Website:


The franchise originated in 1992 as the Hamilton Canucks, 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 five names. Since then they have developed an intrastate rivalry with the Rochester Americans. The Crunch made history on February 20, 2010, when they played the first outdoor AHL game against the Binghamton Senators. The Mirabito Outdoor Classic took place at the Grandstand at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The game set an AHL attendance record of 21,508. Syracuse won the game 2–1.

Honored NumbersEdit

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. It is not retired, 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 Dunlop, 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, Pennsylvania, 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 Artem Sergeev

Syracuse Hockey HistoryEdit

American Hockey League teams that played in Syracuse:

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
1994–95802942 9 672883255th, South
1995–96803137 5 7 742573075th, Central
1996–9780323810 0 742412654th, Empire State
1997–98803532 11 2 832722853rd, Empire State
1998–99801850 9 3 482203275th, Empire State
1999–00803535 9 1 802902942nd, Empire State
2000–0180333012 5 832352543rd, Mid-Atlantic
2001–0280392313 5 962281931st, Central
2002–03802741 8 4 662012564th, Central
2003–0480382510 7 932392352nd, North
2004–05803633 4 7 832152305th, North
2005–06804725 5 31022722512nd, North
2006–07803434 4 8 802502485th, North
2007–08804626 2 61002472012nd, North
2008–09804032 5 3882142265th, North
2009–10803439 4 3752272726th, East
2010–11803538 3 4772212506th, East
2011–12763729 -- 5 5 84238229

7th, East

2012-13 764322 -- 6 5 972472011st, East


Season1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
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
2009–10 Out of Playoffs
2010–11 Out of Playoffs
2011–12 L, 1-3, St. John's
2012-13    W, 3-0, Portland   W, 4-0, Springfield  W, 4-1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton  L, 2-4, Grand Rapids