Puck Drops 6:05p
Join us as we kick off our 25th Anniversary Season! The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a FREE 2017-18 Magnet Schedule courtesy of Cooper’s Alleyside! Happy Hour Food and Beverage Specials until 5:45p
A NEW ERA IN SPRINGFIELD:
Saturdays contest at the Nelson Center will be the NAHL debut for both head coaches, as Janesville recently hired former NHL player Gary Shuchuk to head the Jets and Springfield will have a new head coach for the first time since 2012.
Tyler Rennette takes over behind the bench and promises a faster-more offensive style of play from Springfield. His promises showed to be true in their 3 pre-season contests, averaging over 5 goals per game.
The Springfield Jr. Blues will have some familiar names on their roster when the 2017-18 season kicks off. Springfield returns 10 players from the 2016-17 season. Those players are forwards Aiden Beck, Fabio Hollenstein, Patrick Smyth, Zach Tyson and defensemen Fletcher Fineman, Mark Leach, Connor Matsinger, Chase Mickelson, Jordan Muzzillo and Jack Nickels. Except for Beck, who was acquired via trade late in the season, all returning players dressed in at least 40 games for Springfield, with Mickelson playing the most at 56 games out of 60.
Springfield also will have an older, more experienced team than in years past, having 20 players on their roster that have junior hockey experience.
COOPER’S ALLEYSIDE POST-GAME PARTY:
Springfield Jr. Blues fans will have a place to meet & greet coaches and players after select home games this season.