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For some Syracuse Crunch players, hockey season is about to begin

While uncertainty reigns at the NHL and ECHL levels, a quartet of potential Syracuse Crunch players are getting a chance to dive into the hockey season down south.

The Crunch has assigned goalie Clint Windsor, forwards Peter Abbandonato and Nikita Pavlychev and defenseman Devante Stephens to Orlando of the ECHL for the start of training camp. That league is going to try to begin play in December despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Windsor, 27, returns to Orlando where he has posted a 19-14-3 record in 38 appearances over the past two seasons, along with four shutouts, a 2.46 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. The netminder was signed to a two-year AHL contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons on March 26.