SYRACUSE The Syracuse Crunch — this city’s American Hockey League franchise, the top farm club of the Anaheim Ducks — seeks attractive young women willing to shake their booties.
No, the team’s not lining up dates for its 20-something players. It’s staffing the Mirabito Ice Girls, a cheerleading team that revs up the crowds during Crunch games at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
The Crunch opens its home season against the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the War Memorial at OnCenter, downtown.
Auditions set Sept. 17
Young ladies interested in cheering on the Crunch will audition for the Mirabito Ice Girls team at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Manlius Room of the Syracuse Crowne Plaza Hotel, at 701 E. Genesee St., just a stone’s throw from downtown.
The Crunch seeks energetic, outgoing and physically fit women who have a passion for Syracuse hockey.
“The Mirabito Ice Girls team plays a key role in enhancing the Crunch game experience by greeting fans, assisting with on-ice and in-game promotions and representing the club at multiple community events throughout the season,” said Crunch Public Relations Director John Neenan..
On Sept. 17, candidates will be interviewed by judges and should come prepared in form-fitting clothes to best showcase their dancing style. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
For information, visit syracusecrunch.com/team/icegirls, or contact Amanda Linnertz in the Crunch office at 473-4444 ext. 21, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of Crunch promotions, expect to see less of Big Sexy this season.
Mark Hayes a.k.a. Big Sexy, has been losing weight this summer, so the booty he shakes during games will be significantly reduced in size.
Hayes, the Crunch director of group sales, exercised for several months under the direction of trainer Jason Frankoff at Aspen Athletic Club, aiming to lose 78 pounds from his 328-lb. frame.