SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Columbus Blue Jackets and Springfield Falcons have announced that they have exercised an option that will extend their affiliation agreement.
The move announced Tuesday extends the affiliation through the 2014-2015 season.
“Our affiliation with the Springfield Falcons has been very successful and we are excited to extend our relationship with Springfield through the 2014-15 season. The Falcons organization, from Charles Pompea and Bruce Landon to the coaching staff led by Brad Larsen, has provided our young players with a great environment in which to develop and have success,” says Chris MacFarland, the Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager, in a statement.
AHL Hockey has been a part of Springfield since 1936 with the Springfield Indians. The Indians franchise was sold moved to Worcester in 1994, and Springfield was then awarded an expansion franchise in May 1994.
Over the years, the Falcons have been affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, and the Winnipeg Jets.
The Falcons became an affiliate of the Blue Jackets in 2010.
Falcons President and Governor Bruce Landon adds, “We are very pleased to continue our working relationship with the Columbus Blue Jackets. They have been an excellent partner and have worked very hard at providing us with a team that our fans can be proud of. We are proud of the players that have been developed here in Springfield and are now playing and having success with the Blue Jackets.”
Also announced Tuesday was that the Falcons has reached an agreement with the Mass. Convention Center Authority to exercise a lease option at the MassMutual Center for next season.
The Falcons currently has the best record in the AHL Eastern Conference at 16-4-2.
Their next home game is Thursday, December 26 at the MassMutual Center against the Adirondack Phantoms.