This weekend, Springfield's minor league hockey team will open the season on the road against the Providence Bruins.
The Thunderbirds are about to start their second year in Springfield, as an affiliate of the Florida Panthers.
New England Public Radio's Carrie Healy sat down with Conor Ryan, a sports reporter for MassLive. He explained how crucial this season is for the team -- and how they measure success.
Which Thunderbirds players have caught Conor Ryan's attention?