Updated: 10/04/2013 6:01 PM
Created: 10/04/2013 4:34 PM WHEC.com
The Amerks open their season Friday against the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins. Rochester has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs of the past two seasons. This year's team is loaded with young talent, veteran leadership and high expectations.
The team is led by Chadd Cassidy beginning his first full year as head coach and captain Matt Ellis. Rarely do you find a 32-year-old so excited to be in the minors, but Ellis has embraced the role.
The team has added 13-year pro Mike Zigomanis and there are high hopes for 23-year-old goaltender Matt Hacket.
Game time is at 7:05 p.m. News10NBC's Justin Granit will have highlights tonight on News10NBC at 11.