1. Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

    Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

    Springfield Thunderbirds, it is. The city's new American Hockey League franchise, and affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the NHL, announced the team's nickname and mascot in a public event Wednesday at the MassMutual Center (watch that press conference here). "The Springfield Thunderbirds' name represents the strength and pride of western Massachusetts," team Executive Vice President Nathan Costa said in a release from the team. "It is is a nod to our hockey past, a tribute to the men and women of the Air Force who are so vital to this region, and a symbol of the new ...

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