Team officials say the Thunderbirds will be the name of Springfield’s new American Hockey League franchise. The announcement follows a naming campaign that drew more than 2,600 entries.
The Pirates would replace the Springfield Falcons, who are bound for Arizona.
Hockey has nearly a century of history in Springfield, Massachusetts. The American Hockey League’s Front Office is on Main Street in Springfield. If rumors are true, the Springfield Falcons could be moving West.
After a four-month labor dispute that canceled the first half of its season, the National Hockey League and the players’ union reached an agreement last weekend.