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Syracuse Stampede takes bronze in national tournament

The Syracuse Stampede Junior A Hockey Club celebrates after winning the Northern States Hockey League Cup. Coached by Baldwinsville’s James Muscatello, the team plays out of the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena.

The Syracuse Stampede Junior A Hockey Club celebrates after winning the Northern States Hockey League Cup. Coached by Baldwinsville’s James Muscatello, the team plays out of the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena.

— “After captaining a top SUNYAC program, I wanted to give back to the hockey community and maintain my passion for hockey,” he said. “Lucky enough for me, right when I graduated college, a new program in Syracuse started, the Syracuse Stampede. In just two years, we have made the program into a college developmental program where we can feed our best players to NCAA programs.”

Muscatello said four players from this year’s team have received college commitments and nine others have received interest from college programs.

Playing all of their home games at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena, Muscatello said it is important for the team to give back to the community.

“Our players put on camps and go on the ice with some of the younger teams to help out when they are asked,” Muscatello said. “I think its a great thing when younger kids in the community can look up to our players and see them as role models.”

Muscatello added that support from the community and local fans has helped in growing the program.

“On behalf of the Syracuse Stampede, I would like to personally thank all of the local youth programs, Lysander Youth Hockey in particular, for supporting us throughout this season,” he said. “Also, all members of the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena staff, specifically Mike Chapman and Matt Rotchford who work many hours in providing the local community a great place to play hockey for not only our players, but all of the local youth who play in the rink as well.”

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