The Syracuse Crunch are a professional ice hockey team based in Syracuse, New York, United States. They are a member of the American Hockey League (AHL), the top development league for the National Hockey League (NHL). The Crunch were founded in 1994 and are an affiliate of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. They play their home games at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena.
The Crunch have a dedicated fan base and are known for their skilled and hard-working style of play. The team has made the playoffs in several seasons, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 2013.