This Saturday, the Syracuse Crunch hockey team will take on the Utica Comets in a special game at the Carrier Dome for the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic. But when the team takes the ice for warmups, they won't be wearing their typical blue and white. In fact, they'll look a lot more like the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 19 Crunch players, who will be playing in front of the largest crowd to ever watch an indoor pro game in the United States, will show off official, NFL issued Devon Still jerseys during their pre-game warm-ups. The gesture is in support of Leah Still who has been battling Neuroblastoma, stage 4 pediatric cancer. Additionally, each Syracuse player will be signing the jersey they wear, and auctioning them off throughout their season, with money going toward the local Ronald McDonald house in Syracuse, NY.
of theCrunch owner, Howard Dolgon said the team wanted to get involved in an act of charity:
"The story got some unbelievable play on a national scale, especially when his daughter came to see him play for the first time when the Bengals took on the Browns," offered Dolgon. "And so I got to thinking: How can we get involved in this so we can raise awareness and raise money? What's the best way to promote the cause? How could we inspire other sports organizations to do the same kind of thing for all kinds of charities?
It's great to see other leagues getting inspired by Still's story, and creating charitable acts of their own.