News | 9/15/2012 11:43:58 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS

The Rochester Americans announced today that the Amerks are looking for a local youth hockey team to “break the ice” and be the first team to skate on the ice at The Blue Cross Arena prior to the start of the 2012-13 American Hockey League season.

With the upcoming season just under one month away, the ice at The Blue Cross Arena is scheduled to be installed by Thursday, Sept. 27.  The Amerks will choose one youth hockey team to join former Amerk and AHL Hall of Famer Jody Gage, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, for an hour-long practice session, making the team the “First Skaters” of the season.

The team that breaks the ice will be determined based on submissions to the Amerks’ Official Facebook and Twitter pages.  Fans are invited to tell the Amerks why their team should be the first skaters of the season.  They can send tweets to @AmerksHockey or write a message in the comments section of the Break the Ice post on the wall of the Rochester Americans Official Facebook Fan Page (  The winning team will be chosen by the Amerks front office staff after a review of all submissions and the individual that nominated the team will be contacted with more details.  Submissions can be sent beginning today and concluding Friday, Sept. 21 at noon.

Amerks Full-Season, Half-Season and 12-Game ticket packages for the 2012-13 season are available. Individual game tickets are also now on sale. For more information, visit or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.

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