SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds revealed the Springfield Indians throwback jersey the Thunderbirds will wear in their game against the Providence Bruins on Saturday, January 6.
The Indians were apart of Springfield hockey history for decades. The Indians went on to win three American Hockey League Calder Cups from 1959-62 defeating the Rochester Americans, Hershey Bears, and the Buffalo Bison.
The Indians name would be changed to the Kings and for eight years. The Kings won a Calder Cup Championship during the 1970-71 year. During the 1974-75 season, the Kings name would be changed back to the Indians, and the franchise would go on to win another Calder Cup.
The Indians would win back-to-back Calder Cups in 1989-90 and 1990-91, defeating the Rochester Americans in both series 4-2. Jimmy Roberts was the head coach of the Indians during the Calder Cup run. The Indians qualified for the playoffs after the Calder Cup run, but would be eliminated in the second round in 1991-92 and the third round in 1992-93.
The Springfield Indians moved to Worcester to become the Icecats after the 1993-94 season. Joel Quenneville coached the team during the final year as they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
The Falcons would then come into the American Hockey League in 1994 for a 20-plus year run before relocating to Tuscon, AZ. The Springfield Thunderbirds came into the AHL almost two years ago and continued the history of hockey in the city of Springfield.
Puck drop on this historic night will be at 7:05 pm.