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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


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.

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