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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch, in conjunction with premier partner The Lobdell Family, presenting partners AmeriCU Credit Union, ANOVA Marine Insurance, and BHG Financial and with resources provided by Upstate Medical University, have announced a season-long mental wellness initiative aimed at having a strong and positive impact on the Syracuse community.

“We understand the importance of mental wellness and taking care of yourself and realize not everyone has the information on how to do so,” said Syracuse Crunch Owner Howard Dolgon. “We are proud to work with our local partners to help inform people of all ages on the wide variety of mental wellness resources available to them and how to assist others who may reach out for help.”

Throughout the 2023-24 season, the Crunch will incorporate a wide variety of elements related to mental wellness and information about mental health resources. The Mental Wellness Initiative programming will include:

  • Messaging from the NHL’s Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness initiative
  • Presentations to school groups, youth hockey organizations, and parents from Tampa Bay Lightning Mental Performance Coach Ryan Hamilton, Syracuse Crunch Mindfulness Coach Ulrika Eriksson, and other Crunch representatives including players and coaches
  • PSAs with mental health tips from Crunch players and program partners

The Crunch will also hold a Mental Wellness Awareness game featuring information about mental health and resources. Additional information about the Mental Wellness Awareness game will be announced at a later date.

About The Lobdell Family

The Lobdell Family, driven by personal tragedy and a commitment to mental health advocacy, strives to break the stigma surrounding mental health in Central New York. In memory of their late brother Rusty, who battled schizophrenia and died by suicide at 19, the family donated $1 million to Oswego Health in November. Their mission is to normalize conversations about mental health, reduce barriers to care, and encourage the community to unite in fostering a supportive environment for those facing mental health challenges.

About AmeriCU Credit Union

As a credit union, AmeriCU is a not-for-profit financial institution owned by our members. Serving 24 counties in New York and beyond, AmeriCU provides you with all the products and services you need – often with low or no fees, and better rates. The organization has been serving the local community for over 70 years and, in that time, has grown to more than 160,000 members, 20 financial centers, and $2.7 billion in assets. AmeriCU is located in Central New York and is among the State’s largest, full-service financial cooperatives. For more information, visit Equal Housing Lender – Federally Insured by NCUA – Membership Eligibility Required. 

About ANOVA Marine Insurance

ANOVA Marine Insurance is a leading international cargo and logistics insurance underwriter, insuring billions of dollars in trade each year throughout the world. ANOVA’s Founder and President, Bradford Boyd, lost his brother, Kendall Whitney Boyd, as a result of a prescription medication addiction that untimely took Kendall’s life at the young age of twenty-three. Kendall struggled with his mental health since childhood following a series of traumatic deaths in his family. His heartbreaking loss has motivated the Boyd Family to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the dire need for more expansive youth grief counseling and support programs for those who have suffered loss, especially of parents and caregivers, in their childhood.

About BHG Financial

BHG Financial (BHG) is a national leader in providing innovative financial solutions to professionals, small business owners, and consumers via their lending division, BHG Money. Since 2001, BHG has provided $16 billion in loan solutions, helping clients achieve greater financial flexibility in their businesses and personal lives. With streamlined, affordable financing that offers a concierge, a full-service approach to lending, and some of the most accommodating terms on the market, BHG Financial supports clients in any phase of their financial journey.

BHG also provides high-quality assets to small- to mid-sized banks via the BHG Financial Institutional Network. One of the largest bank networks in the country, it has over 1,600 members. The network supports financial institutions nationwide by helping with asset growth via access to BHG’s top-performing loans through its state-of-the-art loan delivery platform and by offering premium regulatory services.

BHG Financial is partially owned by Pinnacle Bank (PNFP) and has headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Syracuse, NY. To represent the company’s growth and dedication to continuously expanding its services, Bankers Healthcare Group became BHG Financial in 2021. For more information, visit

Single-game tickets and ticket packages for the 2023-24 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or online through Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).



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