Amerks to honor hometown heroes Saturday

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The Rochester Americans will host Hometown Heroes Night this Saturday, February 23 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

The first place Amerks will take on the Belleville Senators in a 7:05 p.m. start. Amerks host Erica Whyte and Captain James McGowan of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office discussed the evening and what’s on tap Wednesday during News 8 at Noon.

“The Amerks are partnering with our friends at Advantage Federal Credit Union for this Hometown Heroes Night,” said Whyte. “It’s happening this upcoming Saturday as the Amerks face the B-Sens. It’s going to be an absolutely amazing night and, of course, because it’s Hometown Heroes Night, if you are a member of the military or a first responder, you’re coming to the game absolutely free. There are so many cool things happening within the course of the night itself. Starting off with a 4:00 p.m. game that Doc will get into a little bit. He’ll be playing on the ice. During the 7 o’clock game itself, right before we’re doing a very special color guard ceremony. So there’s going to be guys repelling from the ceiling. We’re going to get a flag rolled out onto the ice. There’s also going to be a vehicle display, so if you like cars or if your kids like cars, make sure you come early because there’s going to be fire trucks, police cars, all on display. During the game itself, we’re doing a very special Jumbotron ceremony dedicated to all of our hometown heroes. And we’ve got mystery pucks for $10 in the upper concourse area. And they’re all going towards our friends at SOAR. So it’s going to be an absolutely amazing game and an absolutely amazing night. So we’re all really excited about it.”

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be looking for payback in their rivalry hockey game with the Rochester Police Department. “We have a lot to prove this year,” McGowan said. “We were a little embarrassed last year. We had a less than good showing, so we’re hopeful. My partner in crime here, Captain Raph Montinarelli, couldn’t be with us today. It’s not my fault. I have no knowledge of his whereabouts. And I don’t know where he is. But, I’ve been skating with RPD actually a little while. They’re looking real good right now, so we have a lot up against us.”

The Amerks will show their appreciation for our Hometown Heroes leading up to Saturday’s game. “The Amerks are just such a class act,” McGowan said. “They’ve done this a few years now and all the deputies are looking forward to it. They come in, they bring some coffee and donuts and they basically show their appreciation for first responders. It doesn’t just stop at the jail. They go to the police agencies, they go all around, and they say thank you. It means a lot to everybody inside that feels kinda like an unsung hero at times.”

When you order your game tickets at, $2 will be donated to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Association of Retirees.

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