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Rochester kicks off 64th season at home on Friday

Amerks roster taking shape with 7 additions this week

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey /

The Rochester Americans usher in the 2019-20 American Hockey League season on Friday, Oct. 4 when they host the Syracuse Crunch at 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena.


Roster moves

The Sabres assigned the following players to Rochester on Tuesday after they cleared waivers:

Forward Remi Elie
Forward Curtis Lazar
Forward Scott Wilson
Defenseman Casey Nelson

On Monday, Buffalo assigned forward Rasmus Asplund, forward Tage Thompson and defenseman Lawrence Pilut to the club.

Asplund finished last season with 41 points (10+31) in 75 games and Thompson finished the year in Rochester with nine points in eight games. Pilut opened the 2018-19 campaign with 22 points (3+19) in his first 15 AHL games and will look to build on that as he continues to work his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. 

Rochester is coming off a strong 2018-19 season, in which they finished second in the North Division with 99 points. 

Stick with for any breaking news throughout the season. 

Coaching staff update

Amerks assistant coach Gord Dineen will assume head coaching duties on an interim basis. 

Rochester head coach Chris Taylor will be in Buffalo assisting the Sabres coaching staff while Sabres assistant coach Don Granato takes a medical leave from the team. Granato has been hospitalized with severe pneumonia.

Sabres development coach Adam Mair will also assist the Amerks' coaching staff for the beginning of their regular season.

Don't miss the home opener

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: It's finally October!! See you on Friday. 😉#UnitedWeROC

Opening Night festivities begin on Friday with a special two-hour Rockin' on the River Pregame Party presented by Genesee Brew House from 5 to 7 p.m. on the riverside of Blue Cross Arena prior to the Amerks 2019-20 Home Opener presented by Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. 

The event will feature live music from DJ Naps and $2 drafts of Genesee and Genesee Light for fans 21 and older. Fans will also have the chance to win some great prizes throughout the event, including Amerks team-signed jerseys and a limited edition Squier Bullet Mustang electric guitar courtesy of the House of Guitars.

Fans in attendance will also receive a 2019-20 Amerks magnet schedule courtesy of Nissan. Prior to the game, there will be special pregame introductions of this year's team on the ice.

Click here for more details.

Ticket info

Amerks 2019-20 Season Ticket Memberships, which start as low as just $14 per game, are on sale now. 

Full-season ticket member benefits include, but are not limited to, Riverside Club VIP Room access with Amerks Alumni, family meet and greet and annual Skate with the Players event, an exclusive preseason Ice Breaker Party and much more. 

For more information, visit or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.

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