Wrapping up my hiatus from The Pink Puck during the first half of the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club (AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning) season, I have two more events (fashion included) to share with you all.  The first, took place at our Friday, November 6th game vs. the Albany Devils.  For this game I collaborated to execute my first theme night – #FlashbackFriday at the Crunch – which was a play on our beloved social media hashtag.

The ticket element from this event mirrored the price of tickets in 1994 – $12, offered for section 12 and each ticket purchased entered fans to win a swag bag comprised of retro Syracuse Crunch merchandise.  Fans were also encouraged to wear pre-Tampa Bay Lightning era jerseys to the game to purchase a $12 ticket as well.

Jon Mirasty participating in ceremonial puck drop. 11/04/15

Jon Mirasty participating in ceremonial puck drop. Photo taken by Scott L. Thomas 11/06/15

#FlashbackFriday took fans at the game back through the years all the way to when the Crunch held their first regular season game against the Devils on Sept. 30, 1994.  The night featured an appearance by former Crunch forward Jon Mirasty, complete with a limited number of fans receiving his bobble head.  The Crunch enforcer participated in the ceremonial puck drop and an autograph signing as well.

For #FlashbackFriday at the Crunch I wore a sheer, crème and black heart print baby-doll dress by Max Studio.  I paired the dress with black opaque tights and my Coach black leather booties.  For accessories, also from Coach was my purse for any essentials, rhinestone and gold bar earrings from Anthropologie, gold zodiac necklace that I received as a gift, diamond stud necklace from a local jeweler, vintage diamond with gold rings and my gold Nixon watch.



My next event was “Watertown Community Night at the Crunch,” similar to that of the Oswego night that took place at our 2015-16 home opener.  The Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club reached out to their friends further north in Watertown, New York.  The Syracuse Crunch partnered with the Watertown Wolves of the Federal Hockey League for the game on Saturday, Nov. 14th when the team hosted the Utica Comets.

The Watertown Wolves were the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup Champions with the franchise just being brought to Watertown at the start of the season in 2014.  The Wolves ownership group, goaltender Josselin St. Pierre and mascot Blizzard the Wolf accompanied the Commissioner’s Cup to the War Memorial Arena to greet their fans and have photos taken with the championship trophy.

Watertown Wolves participate in ceremonial puck drop. Photo taken by Scott Thomas 11/14/15

Watertown Wolves participate in ceremonial puck drop. Photo taken by Scott L. Thomas 11/14/15

The night also served as a fundraiser for the CNY Veteran’s Outreach Center in Watertown, with a portion of the proceeds from the packages purchased from businesses and event single game tickets, being donated back to the Center.  Watertown Youth Hockey were also recognized in-game during an intermission.

“Press Level Fashion” for this evening included another dress from Max Studio – paired with navy blue opaque tights and brown leather booties from Anthropologie.  For accessories I carried a brown leather clutch purse from former Abercrombie & Fitch brand Ruehl No. 925, gold zodiac necklace, vintage gold Italian horn necklace, diamond and gold stud earrings, vintage diamond/garnet with gold rings and gold Nixon watch.  I put together a fun, arm party as well with bracelets from Alex and Ani, Anthropologie and Free People.




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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