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Karate kid on skates?

Macchio, known for his role as Daniel LaRusso in 'The Karate Kid' movies will help Crunch kick-off 16th season.

Ralph Macchio, known mostly for his role as Daniel LaRusso in "The Karate Kid" series will appear at the Crunch's Quickway home opener on Oct. 10.

Macchio, 47, had his career jump-started when he appeared as 'Jeremy' on the hit show "Eight is Enough" from 1980 to 81. That helped him land the role of the underdog character Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film "The Karate Kid," which went on to become a box office smash and launch him into teen idol status in the 1980s.

Macchio also appeared in the follow-up sequals, "The Karate Kid Part II" and "The Karate Kid Part III." In addition, he starred alongside Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the hit movie "My Cousin Vinny," in 1992.

A native of Huntington, Macchio has recently appeared in a number of supporting and cameo roles, most notably as himself in a 2005 episode of HBO's "Entourage," as the character Maz in the 2006 film "Beer League" and in a recurring role as Archie Rodriguez on the television show, "Ugly Betty" since 2008.

An avid hockey fan, Macchio was chosen as the New York Islanders' 'celebrity captain' in a 1991 series of Pro Set hockey cards. He will be available to sign autographs during the first intermission in Memorial Hall.

The Crunch opens its 16th AHL season on Saturday, Oct. 3 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Syracuse opens up at home the following weekend when they face Adirondack on Saturday, Oct. 10. Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Crunch office at 473- 4444 or by stopping by the Crunch office in the War Memorial at Oncenter, located at 800 South State Street in downtown Syracuse.

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