Syracuse Crunch honoring military members past and present

Crunch has a number of season long promotions, honors

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - You might notice a real effort this season by the Syracuse Crunch to honor members of the military both past and present.

The organization has a number of things planned to say thanks to all active duty military and veterans in this community.

Crunch COO Jim Sarosy says, "The 'why' is because it should be done." 

The Crunch are starting their 24th season of playing hockey at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

"The War Memorial has museum status.  We both just came from Memorial Hall and Assembly Hall upstairs which has a beautiful display starting with the Revolutionary War going through all modern conflicts right now.  Names of many battles are on the outside of the wall, carved into the building, it's awesome,"  Sarosy tells NewsChannel 9.

Part of the team's opening night festivities included each player being escorted onto the ice pre-game by an active duty member of the military or a veteran, like World War II vet Bard Conroe.

"I feel humbled when they do it.  We just did what we needed to do."  Conroe says.

The Crunch are offering current and past members of the military discounted tickets to any game this season with proper identification.

The team is also offering fans to buy discounted tickets to be donated for active duty military and vets for any home game.

They also plan to allow any of them in for free to the team's game on Veterans Day, November 11th.

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