Fan Appreciation As the AHL wrapped up their regular season this past weekend, my season as a “Sponsorship Services Intern” with the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club (AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning) also came to a culmination. This past weekend, the team had a stint of back to back home games, as we head into the upcoming Calder Cup Playoffs. Celebrating the fans and the end of the regular season, it seemed appropriate to pay homage to our primary team color – blue, by wearing it.

On Friday April 17th, the Syracuse Crunch faced off against the Adirondack Flames and hosted “fan favorite” Eric Neilson Bobblehead Night. The limited-edition giveaway featured the enforcer in a familiar pose. Neilson was also selected as the winner of the 2014 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as the 2013-14 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.

FridayMy first #BelieveInBlue look featured a cozy, navy blue knit dress, that I paired with a bright multi-colored scarf, both from Anthropologie. For jewelry, I put together an arm party featuring silver and gold bracelets from Alex and Ani, Tiffany’s, and Free People. I kept it simple with a pair of gold and diamond stud earrings from a local jeweler and my men’s two-toned watch from Citizen. To complete the look – and since it is still chilly in the arena – navy blue opaque tights, brown leather booties from Anthropologie and a brown leather clutch by Ruehl 925, from Abercrombie & Fitch.

Saturday, April 18, when fans came to watch the Syracuse Crunch take the ice with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the evening was focused on appreciating their support throughout this season. Fans in attendance received a 2014-15 Syracuse Crunch team photo and cowbell. A pregame ceremony featured a special fan appreciation video on the scoreboard, followed by a presentation of team awards. In addition to these activities, after the game the team signed autographs and took pictures with fans on the ice.

SaturdayMy second #BelieveInBlue look of the weekend featured a navy blue leather skirt from Kenneth Cole that I paired with a cobalt blue blouse from Anthropologie. I broke up the look with a beaded belt from a boutique and completed the look with stockings, navy blue leather heels from Anthropologie and a navy blue leather vintage clutch. For jewelry, I added in a vintage gold and turquoise broach and ring and gold and diamond stud earrings from a local jeweler. I completed the look with my gold Nixon watch and bangle bracelets from J Crew, Coach and a vintage gold piece.

Kristen is currently an Account Executive with the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club (AHL). She just completed her M.S. in the "Sport Venue and Event Management" program at Syracuse University. Previous to this venture, Kristen completed her undergraduate degree at the State University of Oswego in Public Relations, with a brief stint in Broadcasting, both with a sports emphasis. Another passion that Kristen has is fashion. She spent several years working in the retail management industry, most recently with Anthropologie.

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