SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds were honored by the Springfield Boys & Girls Club for the Champion Of Youth Award on Wednesday night. The award was part of recognition of commitment with youth the Western Massachusetts Community, and the Springfield Boys & Girls Club.

“We were thrilled with the way the Springfield Thunderbirds players and coaches embraced the youth at the club,”  said Vincent Borello, Executive Director of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club. “But it was the follow-up that truly impressed me. From coming to the club to teach kids about hockey, to the players handing out teddy bears to over 400 kids at Christmas and Boomer attending several events giving kids hugs and happiness, the Thunderbirds are more than a hometown team. They are an extended family and true Champions of Youth.”

Thunderbirds defenseman Ian McCoshen, winner of the 2016-17 Springfield Thunderbirds Man of the Year Award, volunteered with activities such as floor hockey as well as crafts.

“We are honored to be selected as the recipients of the Champion of Youth award. Our team made it a priority to be a pillar of the Springfield community in our first season, and we could not be more pleased with the opportunities granted to us by the Springfield Boys and Girls Club,” Thunderbirds Executive Vice President Nathan Costa said. “We hope that this is just the beginning of a longstanding relationship in the years to come.”

The Springfield Thunderbirds will have their 2017-18 home opener at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night October 14.

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