Syracuse Crunch fans are in for more than just cold weather and good hockey at this weekend’s Mirabito Outdoor Classic. Fans will get to see pop icon Jessie James perform the national anthem before the game.
Local record owner Ulf Oesterle was instrumental in bringing the young singer to Syracuse. Oesterle said he was approached several weeks ago by the Crunch to find a nationally known singer for the national anthem. Weeks later, James was the choice. Oesterle thinks she’s a great fit for the event.
“She’s done the national anthem before for NASCAR events so really it was a perfect situation to bring her in and I was glad that we could work the deal out,” Oesterle said earlier today.
The Crunch take on the Binghamton Senators at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the State Fairgrounds. The game will be the first outdoor game in AHL history and has a chance to set the all-time attendance record for a minor league hockey game.