The 2nd annual Brown & Brown Empire State Crouse Hospital Hockey Classic was held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the War Memorial at Oncenter to benefit Crouse Hospital’s Baker Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Hockey Classic, presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, featured an amateur hockey team tournament, casual reception and Syracuse Crunch vs. Rochester Americans game.
Four amateur men’s hockey teams participated in a tournament that began with “play-in” games on Friday, Feb. 3. On Saturday, the Brown & Brown Selects defeated the Prowlers in the high-scoring championship after the Syracuse Fire Dept. had earlier topped the Ice Holes in the consolation game.
Players and their fans relaxed between games at a family-friendly casual reception with children of all ages enjoying big inflatable chairs, face painting, balloon creations, a prize wheel, Super Deeker hockey and a visit by Al, the Crunch mascot. Despite a gallant effort, the Syracuse Crunch were defeated by the Rochester Americans 4-3 in overtime.
During the Crunch game, sports enthusiasts participated in a Silent Auction, featuring items autographed by NHL and AHL stars. “Pucks for Preemies,” signed by Syracuse Crunch players, were also on sale throughout the Hockey Classic.
Over $15,000 in net proceeds will benefit Crouse Hospital’s Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a NYS Level IV regional referral center for premature and the most critically-ill infants in the fifteen-county area it serves. Crouse Hospital’s NICU cares for babies born as young as 24 weeks gestation and weighing just 500 grams. Neonatologists provide coverage 24/7, 365 days per year caring for 800 to 1,000 infants annually.
For more information about this classic day of hockey, please contact Phyllis Devlin at 315/470-7008.