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Syracuse Speaks #60: Canceled Games and an AMA

Alex recounts the changes in Syracuse’s schedule that occurred this past week and then she lets you ask her the questions!

Syracuse Speaks #60: Canceled Games and an AMA

Welcome to Syracuse Speaks, a podcast for Field Pass Hockey!

Now in its fourth season, Syracuse Speaks aims to cover the Syracuse Crunch, its organization, and the AHL from the stands. Host Alexandra Ackerman has been covering Syracuse on the internet since 2008, and desires to share her passion for the team and the league with her listeners.

In this episode, recorded December 5th, 2021, Alex begins by recounting the changes in Syracuse’s schedule that occurred this past week. Due to COVID-19 concerns that are mostly centered around the AHL’s Atlantic Division, the Crunch saw their games on December 1st, 3rd, and 4th postponed. The games were against Rochester and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The postponements also saw the rescheduling of Syracuse’s Teddy Bear Toss to this Wednesday against Cleveland.

The schedule changes were particularly disappointing for a team hoping to find some solid footing during this period of home games, as going into the week of Thanksgiving Syracuse was scheduled to play six home games between November 24th and December 8th. Although this was certainly not what the Crunch was hoping for, they did get in an extra practice session Saturday morning: 

Moving on from the schedule changes, Alex then discusses former Syracuse forward Taylor Raddysh‘s first NHL goal, a shorthanded tally that really showed off the talent he honed in the AHL:

She also mentions the good reviews Gabriel Fortier has been receiving from his NHL debut, and briefly discusses the return of Sean Day to the Crunch’s blue line.

Alex ends the episode with a new “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) segment. She covers some Harry Potter questions, a few personal inquiries, and also discusses her favorite AHL logos from Syracuse’s history and from the league itself (Hint: Her favorite involves a Moose, and not of the Rochester variety). Alex appreciates everyone who sent in questions!


Syracuse Speaks is hosted on Anchor, but is distributed to many of the major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify, and Stitcher. The royalty-free music featured in this episode was by Purple Planet Music and Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

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    Alex Ackerman covers the Syracuse Crunch for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with her on Twitter @FPHCrunch.

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