We are thrilled to bring back the Honorary Captain of the Game program in collaboration with UR Medicine Golisano Children's Hospital for the 2022-23 season!


The program, which returns for its third season after a three-year hiatus, offers the unique opportunity of a lifetime for one child to take the ice with the Amerks and stand alongside the starting lineup during the playing of the national anthem prior to puck-drop. Each participant will also have the chance to watch pre-game warm-ups from either the team bench or penalty box, read the starting lineup in the locker room, and enjoy the game with family from the comfort of a luxury suite.



Meet Adelyn

Adelyn was born on April 22, 2012. Ten days after being born it was discovered by the team at Golisano Children’s Hospital that Adelyn had a coarctation of the aorta which would require immediate open-heart surgery. Thanks to the amazing work by Dr. George Alferis and his team, they were able to resolve and permanently fix the issue. Adelyn will be 11 in a few months and without Golisano Children’s Hospital she would not walk this earth with the people who adore her and that she adores back. Adelyn now enjoys cheerleading, playing the clarinet, attending Camp Stella Maris, and spending time with her family.

Adelyn was our Honorary Captain of the game on Sunday, February 19.

Meet Christian

Christian was born with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Tourettes. With love and support from family and his care team at Golisano Children's Hopsital, he has become a wonderful young man. His love of sports has always been used as a motivation in his learning and therapy. He is currently 13 years old and attends 8th grade at Bird & Morgan. He hopes to one day use his love of sports to be in sports broadcasting.

Golisano Children's Hospital has been a tremendous support system and has helped him grow. He has been working with Maggie for several years. She has been one of his biggest supporters and has helped him navigate many challenges. This includes building social and emotional skills, and his self esteem. Without GCH, Christian would not have accomplished as much as he has.

Christian was our Honorary Captain on Friday, February 10.


Nathan was born in November 2013 with bilateral cleft lip and palate. We were aware of his birth defects prior to birth, and it was a very scary time for us, luckily, we met with the wonderful team at Golisano Children’s Hospital who prepped us for what to expect. Nathan met Dr. Erin Shope and the plastics team at birth as well and from then on, we met with Dr. Erin Shope weekly to prepare for Nathan's first surgery at about 3 months old. Nathan had his second surgery after his 1st birthday to close his palate with Dr. Morrison and their team. Each year we enjoy meeting with the plastics team and the other specialists at Golisano Children’s Hospital to monitor his care. Nathan's birth defects have never held him back from doing what he wanted to do and helping other families has helped us find light in such dark times. Nathan is a thriving 4th grader, who plays baseball and basketball. He is very silly, loves to smile and spreads joy everywhere he goes!

“The measurement of a true, thriving community is reflected by how we care for our community members most at risk,” said Dr. Patrick Brophy, Pediatrician-in-Chief at UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Our strong and excellent sports teams have long contributed to improving the lives of children with health-related issues. We welcome and humbly look forward to bringing back the kids’ honorary captain relationship with the Rochester Americans hockey team.” 

The next Honorary Captain will join our team on Sunday, March 26.


The Finger Lakes region’s only children’s hospital, UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital serves 85,000 children and their families each year.