SPRINGFIELD, MA –  The Springfield Thunderbirds will offer a variety of their promotions schedule for the 2017-18 season will the kickoff of the home opener on Saturday, October 14 against their I-91 rival the Hartford Wolf Pack.

There will be a pre-game block party that will run from 4 to 6:00 p.m. Local Western Massachusetts band, Trailer Trash, will perform before the game. The drop of the puck will be at 7:05 p.m.

Rene Rancourt will make his return to the MassMutual Center on Friday, October 20 when the Providence Bruins come to town for the first of seven games here in Springfield. Rancourt has sung the national anthem at Boston Bruins game for years and is a legend. Rancourt came to Springfield last January and sang both the Canadian and U.S. national anthems.

The Thunderbirds will take part in the first school day game in franchise history on November 15, when the Charlotte Checkers come to Springfield. Kids from the Western Massachusetts area will get an educational experience of the game, which will start at 10:30 a.m.

The Teddy Bear Toss presented by Teddy Bear Pools & Spas will return on Saturday, December 9 when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Last year, Sena Acolatse scored the first goal for the Thunderbirds, and a total of 3,000 teddy bears came onto the ice.

A special night will take place on Saturday, January 6 when the Thunderbirds will take on the Providence Bruins where it will be Blast From the Past Night. That evening, the Thunderbirds will wear Springfield Indians specialty jerseys. The Indians were a big part of Springfield hockey history as they won seven Calder Cups with the last one coming in the 1990-91 campaign.

The Marvel and Hometown Superheroes Night will take place on Saturday, January 27 against the Providence Bruins.  Local heroes from the Pioneer Valley such as fire, police, along with first responders will be recognized.

Military Appreciation Night on Friday, March 2 against their I-91 rival the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Pink In The Rink returns on Saturday, March 10 when the Utica Comets come to town.  Last year, Pink In The Rink was one of three sellouts the Thunderbirds had. The Thunderbirds will honor breast cancer survivors by wearing pink jerseys and skating on pink ice. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, and proceeds will go to the Rays of Hope foundation.

For the second year in a row, Puck ‘n’ Paws will return on Saturday night March 31st when the Thunderbirds and the Utica Comets meet for the second time in three weeks.  Fans that are planning to bring their dog to the game can purchase a ” dog ticket”.

Fan Appreciation Weekend will return on Saturday, April 14, the final home game of the year, with the Boomer Bobblehead presented by Stop & Shop Supermarkets. There will also be a block party before the game.

The Thunderbirds will play a pair of pre-season games against the Providence Bruins with a home-and-home series on Friday, September 29 at the MassMutual Center and on Saturday, September 30 at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Thunderbirds will head back to Rhode Island a week later to kick off the 2017-18 campaign on Saturday, October 7.

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