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National Hockey League

Lightning extend affiliation agreement with Syracuse

Tampa, FL ( - The Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday extended their agreement with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for two years, through the 2016-17 season.

"We are pleased to be announcing the extension of our affiliation with the Crunch," Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said. "The support of the Syracuse community and as well as from Howard Dolgon and his group has been fantastic these past two seasons and we look forward to continuing to build on these relationships for the coming years."

The Crunch own a record of 74-54-10-14 over the past two seasons they've been affiliated with the Lightning. In 2012-13, during the Lightning's first season affiliated with Syracuse, the Crunch reached the Calder Cup Finals, but lost in six games to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

09/04 11:47:45 ET

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