Syracuse Speaks

Syracuse Speaks
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 subscribe and listen to this! Many of you know this already but for those who don’t, Alex brings a sensational mix of fan appreciation, analysis and perspective of the Crunch and AHL hockey. Make it a habit to listen!” - Brent Axe

NHL Draft, Player Signings, Matt Taormina’s Jersey
Oct 7 • 39 min
On this episode, recorded October 7th, 2020, Alex actually has news to discuss! Over the course of the podcast, she covers the following topics: some of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2020 NHL Draft picks: Jack Finley, Gage Goncalves, Maxim Groshev, Eamon…
The Jersey Series - Mark Rycroft
Sep 23 • 19 min
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 Rycroft during the 2007-2008 Crunch season. A bit of context: On March 16th, 2008, the Crunch would don St.…
The Jersey Series - Mike Angelidis
Sep 16 • 31 min
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 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…
The Jersey Series - Dan Smith
Aug 26 • 39 min
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 it off with her memories of former Syracuse Crunch captain Dan Smith, a defenseman who played for the team…
In summary…
Aug 12 • 28 min
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. She attempts to bring some…
Syracuse Speaks Episode #30: The Black Aces from the Syracuse Crunch
Jul 15 • 26 min
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 her coverage will look like going forward. She then dives into what’s going on with Syracuse Crunch and its…
So….now what?
Jun 10 • 33 min
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, and what the future may hold. Thanks for listening! Stay safe, and fill your heart with love.
“Best ever” AHL player brackets are bananas
Apr 23 • 23 min
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? Because generally they end up being based on players’ NHL futures, not their AHL past. Frivolous topic of…
Putting a Spotlight on the Good
Apr 8 • 31 min
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, media personalities that have been…
Unpopular opinions and favorite sports movies
Apr 1 • 25 min
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 the playoffs. Hint: It’s rather unpopular, and it doesn’t involve playing hockey. She then goes on to…
In This Together
Mar 25 • 30 min
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 them involved in the sport during this weird, difficult time. She then moves onto her prompt of the week:…
“Tell about a time a big game was won”
Mar 19 • 25 min
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 podcasting world: Tell about a time a big…
Crunch at Your Service
Mar 4 • 27 min
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 Casino. It consisted of Tampa Bay…
The 2020 NHL trade deadline
Feb 24 • 37 min
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 NHL trade deadline and does some…
Syracuse Speaks (Trailer)
Feb 20 • 0 min
Spillin’ the Tea
Feb 5 • 31 min
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 month ahead, including a peak at…
Jan 22 • 27 min
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 wonderful. She then ponders whether the…
Jan 8 • 21 min
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 briefly touches on forward Daniel…
It’s all about the memories, baby!
Dec 18, 2019 • 25 min
This week, Alex briefly recaps the Syracuse Crunch’s December before naming her player of the month. (Hello, Gemel Smith Spencer Martin?!) She then spends the bulk of the epsiode mining her memories for her top five Crunch organizational moments of the…
One too many up/downs
Dec 4, 2019 • 27 min
This week, Alex starts with a cold open due to a recent transaction involving Tampa Bay Lightning organizational forward Cory Conacher. She then goes on to discuss other transactions that have changed the look of Syracuse’s roster, most notably those…
Celebrating Cameron Gaunce
Nov 20, 2019 • 26 min
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 at each other one game and then much more coherent and confident the next. Inconsistencies abound, but a…
Just not buyin’ it
Nov 6, 2019 • 28 min
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 Crunch captain Luke Witkowski. She…
Do not panic yet
Oct 23, 2019 • 30 min
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 lost - this month, and expounds on why…
It IS October!
Oct 9, 2019 • 28 min
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 additions/subtractions. She then takes…
It’s preseason, baby!
Sep 25, 2019 • 36 min
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 impressive - and so puzzling - and how…
Episode 11: A chat with Lauren Kelly!
Aug 14, 2019 • 27 min
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 Abbandonato, an over-ager from the Q,…
Episode ten
Jul 31, 2019 • 30 min
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 and the potential ease of theme, and…
Episode nine
Jul 15, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, host Alex Ackerman discusses the release of the Syracuse Crunch’s regular season schedule. She talks about some highlights, discusses why the schedule is so North Division-heavy, and ponders what fans can do if they’d like to see a bigger…
Episode eight
Jul 8, 2019 • 19 min
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, Carter Verhaeghe, and Danick Martel,…
Episode seven
Jul 1, 2019 • 31 min
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 McElhinney, and then she discusses what…
Episode six
Jun 24, 2019 • 35 min
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, how Justin really feels about Ben…
Episode five
Jun 17, 2019 • 26 min
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 organization for the KHL, then she…
Episode four
Jun 10, 2019 • 28 min
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, following up last week’s discussion of…
Episode three
Jun 3, 2019 • 33 min
This week is all about Mike Angelidis tangents and identity problems.
Episode two
May 27, 2019 • 27 min
This week is all about heartfelt goodbyes and potential hellos for both Syracuse and Tampa.
Episode 1
May 20, 2019 • 30 min
The who and what of the Crunch’s past and potential future.