37 episodes

Host Alex Ackerman has been watching the Syracuse Crunch for over 16 seasons. Alex was the minor league editor for Raw Charge, an SB Nation site that covers the Tampa Bay Lightning, for two years. Prior to that, she was their main Crunch contributor.

"To my Syracuse Crunch fans, make sure to subscribe and listen to this! Many of you know this already but for those who don’t, Alex brings a sensational mix of fan appreciation, analysis and perspective of the Crunch and AHL hockey. Make it a habit to listen!" - Brent Axe

Syracuse Speaks Alexandra Ackerman

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Host Alex Ackerman has been watching the Syracuse Crunch for over 16 seasons. Alex was the minor league editor for Raw Charge, an SB Nation site that covers the Tampa Bay Lightning, for two years. Prior to that, she was their main Crunch contributor.

"To my Syracuse Crunch fans, make sure to subscribe and listen to this! Many of you know this already but for those who don’t, Alex brings a sensational mix of fan appreciation, analysis and perspective of the Crunch and AHL hockey. Make it a habit to listen!" - Brent Axe

    Syracuse Speaks: NHL Free Agency 2020 and Jeff Szwez's Jersey

    Syracuse Speaks: NHL Free Agency 2020 and Jeff Szwez's Jersey

    On this episode, recorded October 20 and 21, 2020, Alex starts off by recounting the Lightning organization's free agency so far, including:


    What's going on with the Lightning's RFAs: Ross Colton, Ben Thomas, Mitchell Stephens, Gemel Smith, Alex Volkov, Dominik Masin, and Mathieu Joseph
    The AHL/ECHL goalie roster: Newly-signed Chris Gibson, returnee Spencer Martin, and ECHL'er Clint Windsor
    "The New Cameron Gaunce": Defenseman Andreas Borgman

    She then goes into the continuation of her Jersey Series. This time, she delves into the fan she used to be back when she first started watching the Crunch by discussing Jeff Szwez. Szwez, a forward who was a bit of a fighter in his days with Syracuse, was the name on the back of the very first game worn jersey Alex was able to collect. Her memories of Szwez - and other fighters who have made their way through Syracuse throughout the years -  conflict with the fan she is now, a fan who struggles with the physical and mental cost hockey enforcers pay to entertain their fans.

    • 32 min
    Syracuse Speaks: NHL Draft, Player Signings, Matt Taormina's Jersey

    Syracuse Speaks: NHL Draft, Player Signings, Matt Taormina's Jersey

    On this episode, recorded October 7th, 2020, Alex actually has news to discuss! Over the course of the podcast, she covers the following topics:


    some of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2020 NHL Draft picks: Jack Finley, Gage Goncalves, Maxim Groshev, Eamon Powell, Jaydon Dureau, and Nick Capone
    the signing of two of the organization's restricted free agents: Mitchell Stephens and Gemel Smith
    the NHLPA's decision to target January 1st, 2021 for the start of the 2020-21 NHL season, and what that might mean for the AHL
    the continuation of her Jersey Series with a 2013 Calder Cup finals jersey worn by defenseman Matt Taormina

    • 39 min
    Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Mark Rycroft

    Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Mark Rycroft

    On this episode, recorded September 23rd, 2020, Alex discusses the next jersey in her collection: a St. Patrick's Day jersey worn by forward Mark Rycroft during the 2007-2008 Crunch season. 

    A bit of context: On March 16th, 2008, the Crunch would don St. Patrick's Day jerseys and would claw to an overtime victory against in-state rivals Binghamton, winning in overtime 4-3. At the time, fans were excited by the continuation of what was a mini-winning streak, one that stood at three after the victory over the B-Sens.

    That winning streak would go on to end up in Syracuse's record books, finally ending with the culmination of the regular AHL season on April 13th, 15 games after the streak had started. That series of games in March, a series that started on March 8th and included the game with the St. Patrick's Day jerseys, was the beginning of a special time for many Crunch fans, including Alex. This jersey in her collection is a bit more than just one that belongs to a former player.

    • 19 min
    Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Mike Angelidis

    Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Mike Angelidis

    On this episode, recorded September 15th, 2020, Alex starts off by examining the case of the EIHL, otherwise known as the Elite Hockey League over in the UK. The EIHL recently made the decision to suspend their 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex mades direct comparisons between their league and the AHL, using the Cardiff Devils and their press release as her focal point. Unfortunately, the EIHL's decision does not give Alex confidence in the AHL being able to start their own season in December.

    She then goes on to discuss the next two jerseys in her collection, both belonging to former Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. She discusses Angelidis' impact on both the Crunch organization and the city of Syracuse itself. She also dives into her own memories of the captain and the impact he had on her as a fan.

    • 31 min
    Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Dan Smith

    Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Dan Smith

    On this episode, recorded August 25, 2020, Alex starts a new series for her podcast that will discuss her collection of game worn jerseys. She kicks it off with her memories of former Syracuse Crunch captain Dan Smith, a defenseman who played for the team from 2007-2009 when the Crunch was affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets. This episode takes the listener through her decade-old bond with him.

    The inspiration to publish this particular tale was based on her newest jersey acquisition, which Smith offered to sign for her. Posting a picture of the jersey on social media prompted her realization that many of her listeners weren't fans of the team when he played there. She felt his story - and the team history in his jersey and the others in her collection - deserve to be shared.

    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.

    Thanks for listening!

    • 39 min
    Syracuse Speaks: In summary...

    Syracuse Speaks: In summary...

    On this episode, recorded August 10, 2020, Alexandra takes a figurative spin around the news surrounding the AHL, it's potential return for the 2020-21 season, and what specifically that return might look like in Syracuse. She attempts to bring some certainty to the following questions:


    Why is it too soon to assume the AHL will actually start on December 4th, 2020?
    What obstacles are potentially in the way of the league opening?
    What's going on with the 2021 AHL All-Star event?
    How does she feel about a potential scheduling shift in future AHL seasons?
    What might things look like in Syracuse when/if the AHL returns?
    What kind of player is (hopefully) on the Tampa Bay Lightning's shopping list for the Crunch this upcoming season?
    What is going on with: Dominik Masin? Cory Conacher? Daniel Walcott?

    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.

    • 28 min

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A must listen for any Syracuse Crunch or TB Lightning fan. Keep up the great work Alex!

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