More than 30 Rochester Americans alumni are schedule to attend the Amerks 60th Anniversary Celebration game on Friday, Jan. 8, when the team hosts its oldest rival, the Hershey Bears, at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena on Seneca Casinos Legends Night.
The attending Amerks alumni will meet fans during the intermissions in the Hall of Fame area in the upper concourse and participate in a special pregame ceremony. Among the alumni expected to attend are 10 Amerks Hall of Famers, 13 Calder Cup winners and seven former team captains.
The following Amerks alumni members are currently scheduled to attend the 60th Anniversary Game festivities (subject to change):
Kevin Bolibruck (2000-01, 2002-03)
Paul Brydges (1986-1989)
Lou Crawford (1982-85)
Randy Cunneyworth (1981-85, 1998-2000)
Mal Davis (1981-86)
Daryl Drader (1977-81)
Richie Dunn (1985-90)
Steve Dykstra (1982-85, 1986-88)
Dan Frawley (1990-93, 1995-98)
Jody Gage (1985-96)
Dick Gamble (1961-1970)
Paul Gardner (1985-86)
Doug Gibson (1974-77)
Jim Hofford (1984-90)
Ed Hospodar (1988-89)
Steve Langdon (1974-79)
Steve Ludzik (1989-92)
Gary McAdam (1982-83)
Scott McCrory (1989-91)
Brian McKinnon (1984-86)
Scott Metcalfe (1987-91, 1993-98)
Francois Methot (1998-2003)
Phil Myre (1982-84)
Andrew Peters (2000-03, 2010-11)
Jim Pettie (1976-79)
Daren Puppa (1985-88, 1991-92)
Kenton Rein (1988-89)
Venci Sebek (1981-84)
Richard Suwek (1979-81)
Chris Taylor (1999-2006, 2009-11)
John Van Boxmeer (1984-90, 1992-95)
Jim Wiemer (1981-85, 1994-95)
The Calder Cup, which has been won by the Amerks six times (1965, 1966, 1968, 1983, 1987, 1996), will be on display in the upper concourse where fans can take photos.
Nik and the Nice Guys, the legendary local band, will get the festivities started by performing at the Pregame Happy Hour, which features $2 Molson and Coors Light drafts, in the Upper Atrium Bar.
The Amerks will wear special “throwback” sweaters for the game, which were inspired by jerseys worn during the team’s first Calder Cup championship season of 1964-65. The red jerseys feature the classic stars and stripes shield on the front outlined in black, with a thicker black border on the right side to create a shadow effect. There are also six white stars on the shoulders, with three on each side, symbolic of Rochester’s six Calder Cup championships. Each arm features a thick royal blue stripe with a thinner white band at the top and bottom. There is also a white lace-up neck.
A special T-shirt and ticket package, with the shirt based off the design of the jersey, is now available for just $25 at www.amerks.com/anniversary. The package includes a T-shirt and best-available ticket, with additional tickets available for $20. A limited number of mystery pucks, also inspired by the throwback sweater, will be on sale during the game.
Following the game there will be a special post-game party with the Amerks alumni at Legends Sports Bar & Grille located inside the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside that is open to fans to enjoy food and drink specials and the chance to catch up with their favorite former Amerks.
The first 6,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster looking back at 60 years of Amerks history, courtesy of Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.