The Springfield Jr. Blues will host the first set of pre-season games this weekend, Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th. The games will take place at The Nelson Center in Springfield, Illinois against the Mudbugs. The final home pre-game will be on Saturday, September 15th against the University of Iowa.
The Mudbugs won the Robertson Cup last year against the Minot Minotauros.
This past weekend, Springfield traveled to Shreveport to be hosted by the Mudbugs but were swept in a two-game series.
The doors open on Friday at 6:05 for a 7:05 puck drop. Saturday the doors open at 5:05 for a 6:05 puck drop. Doors will open on Saturday the 15th at 5:05 for a 6:05 puck drop.
Tickets can be picked up at The Nelson Center until 9/6. Tickets can also be purchased for just $5.00 at the door either night!
The Springfield Jr. Blues hosted a hockey camp this week for children ages 9-18 at The Nelson Center.
Springfield Assistant Coach, Josh Dallmann, and Learn to Skate Coordinator and Power Hockey Instructor Jenn Fortin teamed up to teach the children for several hours each day. The instructors worked on and off the ice.
On-ice time included working on passing, shooting, stick handling, puck handling, skating, and hockey skills.
Off-ice, the teams worked on plyometrics, stick handling, and explosion training.
The coaches were assisted by Springfield Jr. Blues players, Sam Sterne and Sam Swanson for the week!
The NAHL has released the 16th annual Showcase schedule for 2018. The Showcase is held September 19-22nd at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
All 24 of the NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which has been called the ‘Greatest Show on Ice.’
The schedule for the Springfield Jr. Blues is as follows:
Wednesday, September 19th: @ 7:30 pm (CST) against Maryland Black Bears
Thursday, September 20th: @ 8:00 pm (CST) against Northeast Generals
Friday, September 21st: @ 1:30 pm (CST) against Odessa Jackalopes
Saturday, September 22nd: @ 1:00 pm (CST) against Johnstown Tomahawks
All 48 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live and in HD through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
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.
Over 120 players from around the world came to Springfield over the weekend, looking to score a spot on the Springfield Jr. Blues team. Many of the players from the 2017-18 team were also in attendance.
There were six teams of players who skated for three days (2-4 games per player) in front of the team coaches and scouts, and in the end, only 30 players were selected.
Main Camp was invitation-only event, while Draft Camp, which took place in May, is open to anyone 16-20 years of age.
While coaches have selected their roster and players have been notified, the official list will not be released to the public until later in the summer.
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.
The Springfield Jr. Blues will hold their annual equipment and merchandise sale on Saturday July 14th, 2018. The sale will run from 10:00 am until 12 noon inside Rink 1!
You can also stay and watch prospective players and maybe run into a few fan-favorites, as Camp will be going on!
The sale will include new and used equipment at discounted prices. It will also include merchandise.
Items may include:
- Replica Jerseys
- Game Worn Jerseys
- and More!
*All sales will be final*
Rockford, Illinois native, and Springfield Jr. Blues fan favorite, Ethan Stewart has committed to play D1 college hockey at Ferris State University.
“As a coach I can’t say enough about this kid,” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “Stewart came to the rink everyday with a smile on his face and worked his tail off. This commitment is well deserved, Ferris State is getting a first class kid.”
Stewart has played 60 games this season, scoring 17 goals, and 30 assists for a total of 47 points. Stewart had one game winning goal this season and is looking strong in the post season.
Forward Dylan Rauh, originally from Aurora, CO has committed to play NCAA hockey at Aurora University in Illinois.
Rauh joined the team right at the trade deadline, playing 23 games for Springfield in the regular season, giving the team three goals, six assists, for a total of nine points. His entire regular season gives him 61 games played, eight goals, and 13 assists for 21 points.
In the post season, with two games played, Rauh has had one assist.
In a league centered around growth and development, Head Coach Tyler Rennette gets excited when a player commits to a college and will continue to play hockey.
“Dylan has been great for our team since joining us at the deadline. He plays with a lot of energy and is a great role model for the younger players. He will be a great college hockey player and Aurora is lucky to have him next fall,” said Coach Tyler Rennette.
Game Recap 4/14/18
Your Springfield Jr. Blues took on the Janesville Jets for the second game of the first round of playoffs tonight, coming away with a 3-2 loss. The best-of-three series is currently 2-0 in favor of Janesville, with your Jr. Blues coming home next weekend for game 3.
The first period started with Janesville lighting the lamp at 4:36. Janesville racked up two penalties, but Springfield couldn’t capitalize on either. Janesville found the net again at 8:56 of the second period, making the score 2-0.
At 14:59 of the second period, Spencer DenBeste found the back of the net with an assist from Muzzillo, cutting Janesville’s lead in half. The period continued with a few penalties from each team, and ended with a score of 2-1.
The third period started with a Springfield goal from Dylan Rauh, tying the game at 2-2. Janesville retaliated shortly after, bringing the score to 3-2.
Game three will be Friday, April 20th at the Neslon Center. Springfield will be fighting to push for a game four. Don’t forget that playoff tickets are only $5!