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Syracuse Speaks

39 EpisodesProduced by Alexandra AckermanWebsite

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 subscri… read more

39 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Syracuse Speaks: Andy Andreoff's Hockey Fights Cancer Jersey

November 18th, 2020


In this episode, recorded November 17th, 2020, Alex spends some time briefly hyping up her latest article for The Sin Bin, a gift guide to the Crunch's garage sale. If you missed it, please go check it out, and maybe …

Syracuse Speaks: AHL's Return to Play and Karl Goehring's Jersey

November 4th, 2020


In this episode, recorded November 3rd and 4th, 2020, Alex begins by discussing the AHL's new return to play date of February 5th, 2021. She covers the potential obstacles to this date, the specific complications …

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

October 21st, 2020


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 …

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

October 7th, 2020


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

Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Mark Rycroft

September 23rd, 2020


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 …

Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Mike Angelidis

September 16th, 2020


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 …

Syracuse Speaks: The Jersey Series - Dan Smith

August 27th, 2020


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 …

Syracuse Speaks: In summary...

August 12th, 2020


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 Speaks Episode #30: The Black Aces from the Syracuse Crunch

July 15th, 2020


On this episode, recorded July 13, 2020, Alexandra starts off with some housekeeping as she discusses her move to The Sin Bin and what she imagines …

Syracuse Speaks: what?

June 10th, 2020


In this episode, Alex tries to wrap her head around the world of hockey and the world in general. She discusses what's known, what's still a mystery, …

Syracuse Speaks: "Best ever" AHL player brackets are bananas

April 23rd, 2020


This week, Alex determines that brackets meant to ferret out the best player to ever pull on a jersey in the American Hockey League are bananas. Why? …

Syracuse Speaks: Putting a Spotlight on the Good

April 8th, 2020


In this episode, Alex highlights all of the amazing initiatives and programs the Syracuse Crunch has put together during this pause in the AHL's season. She also puts a spotlight on ideas and articles worth considering, …

Syracuse Speaks: Unpopular opinions and favorite sports movies

April 1st, 2020


This week, Alex starts off by outlining her thinking and her concerns about what the AHL and the NHL should do with the remainder of the season and …

Syracuse Speaks: In This Together

March 25th, 2020


This week, Alex discusses her virtual tryout contract with the Syracuse Crunch. She praises the Crunch’s efforts to be there for their fans and keep …

Syracuse Speaks: "Tell about a time a big game was won"

March 19th, 2020


This week, Alex discusses the postponement of the AHL season and what the Syracuse Crunch is doing to help stay present in the minds of the fans. She then takes an elementary  writing prompt and brings it into the …

Syracuse Speaks: Crunch at Your Service

March 4th, 2020


This week, Alex spends a good chunk of the podcast reviewing Crunch at Your Service, the Syracuse Crunch’s most recent charity fundraising endeavor, which took place on Monday, March 2nd at Turning Stone Resort and …

Syracuse Speaks: The 2020 NHL trade deadline

February 25th, 2020


This week, Alex starts off by pondering some more on her current discomfort with the Syracuse Crunch roster. Although no conclusions were gained, she feels closer than ever before to an answer. She then dives into the …

Spillin' the Tea

February 5th, 2020


This week, Alex is her usual permanently exhausted self who is spillin’ the tea on fan opinions regarding the Syracuse Crunch. 

(Spoiler alert: They aren’t the most positive in the world.) 

She also takes a look at the …

Syracuse Speaks: Cheers!

January 23rd, 2020


This week, Alex celebrates Cameron Gaunce’s AHL All-Star selection. The defenseman was nominated this past Wednesday to the All-Star weekend for the first time in his career, and Alex expounds on why it was so …

Syracuse Speaks: Optimism

January 8th, 2020


This week, Alex takes a look at the Syracuse Crunch's North Division-heavy January slate of games. She also discusses some team events coming up, and recaps some of the bigger headlines since she last recorded. She …

Syracuse Speaks: It's all about the memories, baby!

December 18th, 2019


This week, Alex briefly recaps the Syracuse Crunch’s December before naming her player of the month. (Hello, Gemel Smith Spencer Martin?!) She then …

Syracuse Speaks: One too many up/downs

December 5th, 2019


This week, Alex starts with a cold open due to a recent transaction involving Tampa Bay Lightning organizational forward Cory Conacher. She then goes …

Syracuse Speaks: Celebrating Cameron Gaunce

November 21st, 2019


In this episode, Alex discusses the odd case of the Syracuse Crunch, a team that can seem incredibly discombobulated and, dare we say it, almost mad …

Syracuse Speaks: Just not buyin' it

November 7th, 2019


In this episode, Alex says she feels it’s put-up-or-shut-up time when it comes to naming a captain for the Crunch. She expresses her frustration with the process that seems to have been halted by the arrival of former …

Do not panic yet

October 24th, 2019


In this episode, Alex takes a look back at Syracuse’s October. She selects Cory Conacher as her player of the month and discusses why she picked him. She also ponders the two “yardstick” games the Crunch played - and …

It IS October!

October 10th, 2019


In this episode, Alex begins to warm up to the 2019-20 Syracuse Crunch season. She discusses some changes that have occured with the team since the last time she talked about them, and some roster moves and potential …

It's preseason, baby!

September 26th, 2019


In this episode, host Alex Ackerman gets you back into the spirit of Crunch hockey with an opinion-packed discussion of the team’s preseason roster. She dishes on who is in town, why the goalie situation is so …

Episode 11: A chat with Lauren Kelly!

August 14th, 2019


 In this episode, host Alex Ackerman welcomes guest Lauren Kelly to the pod! Lauren writes for both Raw Charge and Mile High Hockey, covering juniors. She is a wealth of information and passion! The two discuss Peter …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode ten

July 31st, 2019


In this episode, host Alex Ackerman celebrates 10 episodes by attempting to convince the Crunch that they need to do a Harry Potter theme night this upcoming season. She outlines her reasons, describes the flexibility …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode nine

July 15th, 2019


In this episode, host Alex Ackerman discusses the release of the Syracuse Crunch’s regular season schedule. She talks about some highlights, …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode eight

July 9th, 2019


 In this episode, host Alex Ackerman discusses the additions of forward Gemel Smith and goalie Zachary Fucale to the Syracuse Crunch/Tampa Bay Lightning organization. She also ponders the re-signings of Cedric Paquette, …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode seven

July 1st, 2019


In this episode, host Alex Ackerman discusses the organization’s first foray into free agency this summer. She briefly covers what the Lightning did for the Lightning, including the signing of Luke Schenn and Curtis …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode six

June 24th, 2019


 This week, host Alex Ackerman has a very special guest on: Raw Charge contributor and Syracuse Crunch writer Justin Godfrey! The two of them cover a myriad of topics including what the Crunch might look like this fall, …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode five

June 17th, 2019


This week, host Alex Ackerman does her best to make sense out the flurry of transactions and news the Syracuse Crunch saw this past Friday. First, she discusses Eddie Pasquale’s decision to leave the Tampa Bay Lightning …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode four

June 10th, 2019


In this episode, Alex answers some questions her listeners had about the game itself and about the Crunch’s restricted free agent defensemen. She then continues her look back at the 2018-19 season for Syracuse, …

Syracuse Speaks: Episode three

June 4th, 2019


This week is all about Mike Angelidis tangents and identity problems.

Syracuse Speaks: Episode two

May 28th, 2019


This week is all about heartfelt goodbyes and potential hellos for both Syracuse and Tampa.

Syracuse Speaks: Episode 1

May 20th, 2019


The who and what of the Crunch's past and potential future.

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