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Crouse Hockey Classic Jan. 15


Crunch Hockey Classic 2011Brown & Brown Empire State Crouse Hospital Hockey Classic Jan. 15 to Benefit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


The Brown & Brown Empire State Selects face off against the Syracuse Fire Department at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena during the Brown & Brown Empire State Crouse Hospital Hockey Classic, presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.  Guardian Life Insurance is the Jersey Sponsor and Usherwood Office Technology is a Powerplay Sponsor.


Proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit the Walter R.G. Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Crouse, a New York State Level IV regional referral center for premature and the most critically-ill infants in the fifteen-county region 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 hours a day, 365 days a year, caring for 800 to 1,000 infants annually.


An MVP Package is available for $25, which includes the Hockey Classic at 3:30, entry to a post-game casual reception (food and non-alcoholic beverages) and ticket for the Syracuse Crunch versus the Rochester Americans at 7:30 p.m.  Special activities will be held throughout the event, including a silent auction featuring items signed by professional sports stars, player-autographed “Pucks for Preemies” and games for all ages. An All-Star Package for $18 includes a ticket to the Crunch game.  


Tony Cabana of Brown & Brown Empire State recently joined the Crouse Health Foundation board of directors and has been the driving force behind creating the Hockey Classic.  A former Division I hockey player for Sacred Heart in Connecticut, Cabana is one of the players for the Selects.


For more information or to purchase ticket packages, contact Kate O’Brien at 315/470-8076 or email





Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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