08/31/2012 10:23 AM
By: Nicole Sorce (@nicole_sorce)
It’s one of the most exciting times of the year on the third floor of Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, where the Binghamton Senators front office is hastily preparing for the upcoming season. Interns, new additions to the staff and seasoned veterans alike all have plenty to look forward to.
For instance, Kate Krenzer, Director of Media Relations, can hardly wait to see what direction Luke Richardson leads the team in. “He’s a younger coach who is only three seasons removed from his NHL career. I think a lot of the guys on the roster will find him easy to relate to because of that,” Krenzer explained. “He has been a pleasure to deal with from a media standpoint so far... I know our fans will love him once they get to know him.”
Here is Luke Richardson (left) and Kate Krenzer (right) at May 23's press conference at BCVMA.
Josh Williams, the Director of Video Operations, is also anticipating being a first-hand witness to Richardson’s transition into his role as head coach. “I am looking forward to the group of returning players who will be rebounding back from a down year,” William said. “I am sure the combination of the two will lead to a team who has something to prove and will play with a lot of heart and passion.”
It’s hard for Accounting/Administrative Assistant Kara Kellett-Williams to ignore the change in office atmosphere during the preseason. “What I most look forward to every year at the start of hockey season is the excitement that you can feel throughout the arena as soon as the team arrives in town,” she said. “I love the competitive feeling of getting a fresh start every year and the busy days that come along with it!”
Kellet-William’s excitement can also be found in other cubicles around the office. “I am mostly excited for hockey to start in general!” said Karen Brown, who is in her first season as a Personal Group Sales Representative. “Since I am new to Binghamton and the Senators, I am excited to meet all the true B-Sens fans this season.”
The BSens run on our season ticket holders! Look how many were sold by the time the Open House on July 28 rolled around.
For others in the office, there is more to be pumped up about than just the on-ice buzz surrounding the team. Take Joe Battaglini, Personal Group Sales Representative, for example, who barely had to think about what he is most looking forward to this season. “Obviously Country Night,” declared Battaglini, “and Outdoorsmen/Camo Night on October 19th.”
Matt Custer, Director of Game Night Operations and Community Relations, shares in Battaglini’s enthusiasm. “I look forward to creating an in-game entertainment package with some new promotions and theme nights that will enhance and compliment the performance that the Senators put on the ice, in a way that makes the game more than a game - an experience!” Custer exclaimed.
Our fans had a blast when the Deal Chicken came to the game last season on February 24.
One thing all staff members can agree on is the excitement of the upcoming season’s historical significance. Jason Camp, Vice President of Sales, perhaps put it best: “I am looking forward to seeing all of our fans once again and the celebration of 40 years of hockey in Binghamton.”