The 2011-12 Rochester Americans’ season was filled with great moments – highlight reel goals, Hall of Fame inductions, unforgettable nights at The Blue Cross Arena and memorable events in the community. We’re taking one last look back at the season and are asking Amerks fans to vote and tell us what YOU thought was the Best Moment of the 2011-12 Amerks season!
A1C Jerry Cappon returns home to surprise family On Jan. 14, Rochester native A1C Jerry Cappon, a member of the United States Air Force, surprised his parents during an Amerks game. Stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Cappon and his two sisters worked with the Amerks to plan the surprise for their parents, who were completely unaware that Jerry was back in Rochester. Following the game, Jerry visited the Amerks locker room to meet the players, including Phil Varone, with whom he had previously exchanged messages with on Twitter. A1C Cappon surprising his famildy defeated the Amerks' Outdoor Skate in Round 1 of the Moment of the Year tournament.
Amerks Hall of Fame Night Goaltender Darcy Wakaluk and defenseman Rick Pagnutti were inducted into the Amerks Hall of Fame on Friday, Mar. 30 prior to the team’s game against the Toronto Marlies, becoming the 51st and 52nd members of the exclusive club as selected by the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Wakaluk, who played parts of five seasons with Rochester from 1986-87 to 1990-91, ranks fifth all-time in wins in Amerks history and helped the team to a Calder Cup championship in 1987. Wakaluk also contributed offensively and is perhaps best remembered for becoming the first goaltender in North American professional hockey to score a goal on Dec. 5, 1987. Rick Pagnutti enters the Amerks Hall of Fame as one of the highest-scoring defensemen in team history. Pagnutti spent four seasons with the Amerks and his the second-highest scoring defenseman in team history. He is one of only seven Rochester blue-liners to be named to multiple AHL All-Star teams. In addition, his 18 goals during the 1972-73 season remains the highest single-season total by a defenseman in franchise history. Amerks Hall of Fame Night narrowly defeated Joe Crozier's AHL Hall of Fame induction in Round 1 of the Moment of the Year Tournament.