Rochester Jr. Americans

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Rochester Jr. Americans
Rochester Jr. Americans Team Logo 2014.jpg
City Rochester, New York, United States
League United States Premier Hockey League
Division Northern Division
Founded 1996
Home arena Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex.[1]
Colors Red, White, Blue
              
Owner(s) Maksymum Hockey LLC
Head coach Don Kirnan (EJHL),
John Walsh (EmJHL)
Franchise history
1996-1998 Syracuse Jr. Crunch
1998-1999 Auburn Jr. Crunch
1999-2005 Syracuse Jr. Crunch
2005-2010 Syracuse Stars
2010-2013 Rochester Stars
2013-Present Rochester Jr. Americans

The Rochester Jr. Americans are a Tier III Junior A American junior ice hockey team from Rochester, New York. They currently play in the USPHL as an elite team, but only for one year, before they will move back up to premier level.[2] Their affiliates are the Maksymum Junior Hockey Club of the Empire Junior B Hockey League, also in the EmJHL is the Stars former affiliates the Syracuse Stars Jr. B Team who are not owned by Maksymum Hockey LLC.

History[edit]

Jr. Crunch Logo
Syracuse Stars Logo

In 1996, the Syracuse Junior Crunch were founded to play Canadian Junior A in the Metro Junior A Hockey League, which was absorbed by the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League in 1998. The team moved to Auburn that year, and was renamed the Auburn Junior Crunch.[3] In 2005 the franchise was sold and renamed the Syracuse Stars, joining the Eastern Junior Hockey League.[4] On December 9, 2009, Maksymum Hockey LLC, based in Rochester, New York, announced plans to operate the Stars and move them to Rochester beginning with the 2010-11 season. They currently play at the Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex.[1]

For the start of the 2013-2014 season, the Stars will play in the new-look EJHL, (aka Eastern Elite,) since the league has merged under the USPHL.[5] For this season, the team was also renamed the Rochester Jr. Americans.[6]

Team members and regular season[edit]

The Rochester Stars hold tryouts in April of each year.[7] The season starts the day after Labor Day and playoffs finish during the third week of March each year. The schedule includes 45 EJHL regular season schedule games plus three rounds of playoffs.

Alumni[edit]

In addition to those players which have gone on to play for various college teams,[8] a number of former Stars players have gone on to play at the NHL level, including the following:

Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers[9]
Tim Connolly of the Toronto Maple Leafs[10][11]
Colby Cohen of the Boston Bruins[12][13]
Jeremy Morin of the Chicago Blackhawks[14]
Matt Murley of the Pittsburgh Penguins, [15]
Rob Schremp[16][17]
Tim Sestito of the New Jersey Devils[18][19]
Tom Sestito of the Philadelphia Flyers[20][21]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1996-97 50 10 37 3 - 220 358 23 15th Metro A DNQ
1997-98 49 29 16 4 - 273 219 62 4th Metro A Lost Semi-final
1998-99 51 27 22 2 0 232 195 56 6th OPJHL-E
1999-00 49 9 36 2 2 170 303 22 10th OPJHL-E
2000-01 49 20 24 4 1 195 234 45 8th OPJHL-E
2001-02 49 20 24 5 0 187 226 45 6th OPJHL-E
2002-03 49 4 43 1 1 114 308 10 10th OPJHL-E
2003-04 49 20 26 0 3 192 223 43 7th OPJHL-E
2004-05 49 8 35 3 3 158 267 22 9th OPJHL-E
2005-06 45 11 27 1 6 127 208 29 13th EJHL Won QuarterFinals, 2-0 (Warriors
no further information
2006-07 45 19 18 3 5 155 175 46 8th EJHL did not qualify
2007-08 45 30 9 5 1 155 120 66 3rd EJHL Lost Quarter-final (Kings)
2008-09 45 24 14 6 1 184 160 55 4th EJHL Lost Quarter-final (Bandits)
2009-10 45 22 15 3 5 173 163 52 6th EJHL Lost Quarter-final, 0-2 (Hitmen)
2010-11 45 13 29 3 0 109 173 29 12th EJHL did not qualify
2011-12 45 15 26 - 4 103 156 34 12th EJHL Lost First Round, 0-2 (Breakers)
2012-13 45 24 15 - 6 150 140 54 6th EJHL Won First Round (Apple Core)
Lost Quarter-final (Islanders)
2013-14 40 36 3 - 1 255 107 73 1st Nor Conf
2nd of 24-League
USPHL - EMPIRE
Round Robin - W Eels 7-2; W Aviators 10-4:L Hitmen 3-6:Advance
W Quarterfinals Revolution 5-0
L SemiFinals Jr Bruins 1-10
2014-15 - - - - - - - - to be determined of 11
USPHL - PREMIER

Playoffs[edit]

MetJHL Years

  • 1997 DNQ
  • 1998 Lost Semi-final
Syracuse Jr. Crunch defeated Pickering Panthers 3-games-to-2
Syracuse Jr. Crunch defeated Thornhill Rattlers 3-games-to-1
Caledon Canadians defeated Syracuse Jr. Crunch 4-games-to-3

Notes and references[edit]

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