SPRINGFIELD, MA – A man synonymous with hockey and the city of Springfield will be honored on Friday, March 3 when the Springfield Thunderbirds take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The Thunderbirds will honor Bruce Landon before the start of the game with an on-ice ceremony when he will be inducted into the Springfield Hockey Hall Of Fame. The first 1,500 fans that walk through the doors at the MassMutual Center will receive a Bruce Landon bobblehead to commemorate the occasion.
Landon is no stranger to the hockey scene in the City Of Springfield. He won a Calder Cup Championship with the Springfield Kings back in 1971. After his playing career, Landon was hired by the Springfield Indians as an executive and broadcaster. He received the Ken McKenzie Award back in 1979 for the promoting the most in an American Hockey League team. Two years later, he received James C. Hendy Memorial Award, an award that is presented to the executive who did outstanding contributions in the AHL. His legacy includes winning back to back AHL Calder Cups as General Manager of the Springfield Indians in 1989-90 and 1990-91. Landon and Wayne LaChance formed the Springfield Falcons franchise back in 1994, where he was president with the Falcons for 20 years.
Landon had a street named after him back in July at the MassMutual Center. The Thunderbirds are located on Bruce Landon Way.
The Thunderbirds will be back in action this Friday night when the Utica Comets come to town for a 7:05 drop of the puck.