Students and Teachers Attend French Night at the Syracuse Crunch
French students, French teachers, their families and Francophiles from all over Central New York enjoyed une soirée de hockey in Syracuse on Nov. 17, 2018.
The Syracuse Crunch took on the Laval Rockets, a Quebec team playing in the same league as the Crunch. The home team prevailed with a score of 6-4, and put the Crunch on a four-game winning streak.
Throughout the game, French students were introduced to hockey terms as they appeared on the teleprompter around the arena. Some students also enjoyed a Canadian favorite: Poutine, which is French fries with cheese curds and gravy. This was a culinary delight for most students.
After the game, each school was invited down onto the ice to have their picture taken with some of the Crunch players. Forty-four middle school and high school students enjoyed the evening with their teachers: Mme Kostolecki, Mme Cidzik and Mme Norton.
Approximately fifteen participating school districts with over 300 attendees included: Cazenovia, Carthage, Chittenango, Cortland, Fayetteville-Manlius, Holland Patent, Norwich, Sauquoit, South Jefferson, West Genesee, Westhill, Whitesboro and more.
The event was co-sponsored by the Syracuse Crunch and the American Association of Teachers of French of Central New York. The AATF of CNY is committed to continuing the hockey night tradition – now in its sixth year – and hopes to organize another French Night at the Crunch in Fall 2019. Jennifer Kostolecki is the current President of the CNY Chapter of the AATF.