2015 Opening Night
The next big date circled on the Springfield Hockey Heritage Society calendar is Saturday October 10th. On October 10th, the Springfield Falcons get their 2015-2016 season underway when they host the Hershey Bears at 7PM.
This season the Falcons are the primary affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes and as such, will have a substantially different look than over the past five seasons.
New behind the bench is Ron Rolston who has had stints as the coach of the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres. Two assistant coaches brought in by the Coyotes have a local connection. Mike Bavis served as an assistant coach at Boston University for 15 seasons. Joining him is Agawam's Doug Janik. Janik, a member of the Springfield Hockey Heritage Society, recently closed out his playing career in Italy.
Coyotes rookies will open up training camp in Glendale, AZ on September 11th, while the squad's veterans will hit the ice on September 18th. Some free agents have already been signed by both the Falcons and the Coyotes, with more assignments to follow.
The Society will have a limited number of group tickets available to our members for Opening Night. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for more details and purchasing your tickets online.
A record turnout was on hand at the Food Court behind the historic Eastern States Coliseum for Hockeyday 2015.
Once again this year the weather cooperated, giving us the perfect weather against the perfect backdrop for an incredible day of hockey past, present and future.
With each event, and more and more players attending, Hockeyday is celebrated for its festival like nature. Leading the way are the great food (catered by Take 5 in Feeding Hills) and a terrific array of auction prizes.
But the headliners of the day are the men who were responsible for giving us so many fantastic memories over the years. As the list of participants grows every year, the planning begins on who to bring in for next year's Hockeyday.
With us this year were:
The day also featured two men from "Slapshot", Paul D'Amato (Tim "Dr. Hook" McCracken) and our own Mark Bousquet (Andre "Poodle" Lussier).
In addition to Bruce Landon, the Springfield Falcons were also represented by Senior Vice President, Chris Thompson and Manager of Communications, Andy Zilch. They were joined by Screech and the Falcons new inflatable Screech Shooter Tutor.
As of this writing, we are trying to secure a date of August 13, 2016 for next year's Hockeyday. Until then, please join the Society and take part in our events that lead up to next year's Hockeyday!
It's been an active spring and summer here at the Springfield Hockey Heritage Society. Our Springfield Falcons made a late season push to qualify for the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. They were thwarted the day after their regular season ended when the Portland Pirates defeated the Worcester Sharks to skate into the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.