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 on Twitter. Through the first two rounds, A1C Cappon's surprise visit has defeated the Amerks' day of outdoor hockey, as well as the team's 2012 Hall of Fame induction night.
Playoff Open Video No matter what city, state, province or country one hails from, when you play for the Amerks, you are an “American.” That was the mantra heading into the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, and Amerks players and Alumni were eager to declare their allegiance to the franchise. Amerks Hall of Famers and Calder Cup winners Dick Gamble, Geordie Robertson, Darcy Wakaluk and Jody Gage, along with several members of the 2011-12 squad, took part in the team’s Playoff Intro video that played prior to Game 3 of Rochester’s first round playoff series against eventual Western Conference Champion Toronto. The Playoff Intro video defeated the Amerks Alumni Reunion in the first round of the tournament and then eliminated the Cotton-Eyed Joe dance in Round 2.