The Springfield Jr. Blues have announced their much-anticipated pre-season schedule for the 2018-2019 season.
The Shreveport Mudbugs, the 2018 Robertson Cup winners, will play on Springfield’s home ice September 7th and 8th, during the pre-season. Friday September 7th, the game will start at 7:05, with the puck dropping at 6:05 on Saturday the 8th.
The Shreveport Mudbugs are part of the NAHL South Division, and do not usually meet with Springfield during the regular season.
Springfield will visit Shreveport first, with games over Labor Day weekend on Shreveport’s home ice.
The Springfield Jr. Blues will also play the University of Illinois hockey team on Saturday, September 15th at 6:05, giving fans an extra game this pre-season. The official season opens for Springfield at home on September 28th.
Tickets for all pre-season games will be just $5.00 at the door each night, for all fans.
The National American Hockey League (NAHL) announced today the league has broken another record. For the fifth straight year, the NAHL has increased its number of NCAA commitments for players moving on to college to continue to play hockey.
During the 2017-2018 hockey season, 312 commitments (and counting) were made to play NCAA college hockey. This number has increased from 305 the year before.
Of the current 312 commitments this past season, 14 of them were Springfield Jr. Blues players or recent alumni.
“I think the thing that stands out is that our commitment numbers continue to rise because the level of play and talent
getting better each season,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “There is a better and more
balanced level of competition because the players are being educated and trained at a higher level. There also been a
collective effort and commitment by our owners and coaches to really emphasize and place a priority on player
development and advancement.”
The NAHL continues to be a premier developmental league, with players going on to play NCAA hockey, and even move to the ECHL, AHL, and NHL.