Features | 11/21/2011 8:47:37 PM |

Marcus Foligno at the Fairport Library

The Rochester Americans and the Monroe County Libraries have partnered to once again provide the “Reading Power Play,” which teams Amerks players with local public librarians in support of reading. The 2011-12 season marks the seventh year of the program, provided exclusively by Wendy’s, and is now underway.

The Reading Power Play program kicked off earlier this month when forward Travis Turnbull appeared at the Ogden Public Library. Defenseman T.J. Brennan read to children at Rochester's Phyllis Wheatley Branch the following day and was even challenged to a push-up contest by the students.

Amerks Alternate Captain Alex Biega dropped by the public library in Brockport recently and, in addition to reading, the Harvard University graduate stressed the importance of doing homework and working hard in the classroom in order to achieve one's goals.  Marcus Foligno made the fourth reading appearance of the program when he came to the branch in Fairport, where nearly 100 people attended to hear the Amerks rookie read and get an autograph.

“We’re excited to again partner with the Monroe County Library System and offer this great program to our young fans here in Rochester,” said Amerks Vice President of Business Operations Rob Kopacz. “The Amerks are proud to be part of the fabric of Rochester and we appreciate the opportunity for our players to become active members in our community.”

The “Reading Power Play” allows fans to meet players and The Moose, while also learning about hockey and the importance of reading. The program also rewards kids for reading and selects two grand-prize winners that will win dinner, suite tickets and the opportunity to participate in the ceremonial puck drop prior to Rochester’s home game on Saturday, Feb. 11 against the San Antonio Rampage. For more details, go to

“Linking books and the Amerks make reading all the more fun for kids,” said Fairport Children’s Librarian and Monroe County Library System representative Robin Benoit, who helped coordinate the impressive turnout in Fairport recently.  “Plus, there is the added excitement of seeing their favorite player reading a book at their local library during the season. The Amerks are role models for kids all the way around.”

In addition to reading, each appearance also features a raffle for Amerks memorabilia and an autograph session by the visiting player and The Moose.

At each event, the Amerks distribute ticket vouchers to each youth in attendance good for one complimentary ticket for the Feb. 11 home game. Vouchers can be redeemed at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or the Amerks front office. Additional discounted tickets for the game can also be purchased for as little as $10.00 for best available seating locations.

During the six-plus seasons of the program, Amerks players and their mascot, The Moose, have made over 130 appearances and accounted for over 18,000 books being read by kids from kindergarten and all the way through high school.
The second half of “Reading Power Play” enters kids into a grand-prize drawing. Using the hat trick as an educational incentive, youth participants fill out a form for every three books they read, which then qualifies them for an entry into the grand prize drawing.

The “Reading Power Play” runs until Tuesday, January 31. A complete reading program schedule will be available at the Amerks Guest Services Booth in the upper atrium lobby on game nights and online at For more information on the reading program or to book player or Moose appearances, please contact the Amerks Public Relations department at (585) 454-5335.

Remaining Reading Power Play Appearance Dates*

Wednesday, Nov. 23                           4:00 Charlotte
Monday, Nov. 28                                 6:30 Scottsville
Wednesday, Nov. 30                           4:00 Lyell
                                                         6:30 Penfield              
Wednesday, Dec. 7                             4:00 Arnett                             
Wednesday, Dec. 14                           4:00 Monroe - POSTPONED DUE TO TEAM TRAVEL
Monday, Dec. 19                                 4:00 Brighton - POSTPONED DUE TO TEAM TRAVEL
Thursday, Dec. 22                               4:00 Sully
                                                         6:30 West Irondequoit
Monday, Jan. 2                                   6:30 Pittsford
Wednesday, Jan. 4                              4:00 Winton
                                                        6:30 Henrietta
Monday, Jan. 9                                   6:30 Greece
Tuesday, Jan. 10                                6:30 Hamlin
Wednesday, Jan. 11                            6:30 Parma                                        
Tuesday, Jan. 17                                 4:00 East Irondequoit
                                                         6:30 Gates
Monday, Jan. 30                                  6:30 Chili
Tuesday, Jan. 31                                 6:30 Rush

*schedule subject to change