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Syracuse Crunch sign defenseman Ryan Orgel to PTO

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defensemen Max Crozier and Phil Myers and forward Waltteri Merelä from the Syracuse Crunch, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. Additionally, the Crunch have signed defenseman Ryan Orgel to a PTO.

Crozier, 23, made his NHL debut on January 13 vs. Anaheim and recorded a takeaway and a blocked shot in 13 minutes of action. He leads Syracuse rookie defensemen for goals, assists, and scoring with 1-6—7 pts. in 25 games.

Myers, 26, has skated in four games with the Lightning this season, the last coming January 6 at Boston. He has 157 games of NHL experience over six seasons, producing eight goals and 36 points. The blueliner ranks tied for fifth among Crunch defensemen for scoring with 3-6—9 points in 28 games.  

Merelä, 25, has skated in 14 games with the Lightning and recorded 16 shots while averaging 10:35 time on ice. Merela ranks seventh on the Crunch for scoring with 16 points on six goals and 10 assists through 23 contests.

Orgel, 26, has played in 22 games with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL this season tallying four goals and five assists. The 6-foot, 190-pound blueliner has skated in 73 career ECHL contests with the Thunder, Idaho Steelheads, and Utah Grizzlies since 2021 amassing 29 points (5g, 24a).

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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