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Official Road Game Viewing Parties!

Your Springfield Jr. Blues will be away this weekend taking on the Coulee Region Chill. Don’t miss a second of the action by coming out to the Official Road Game Viewing Party both Friday and Saturday night at 7 pm each night.

Meet other fans and possibly win prizes at Cooper’s Alleyside, located in King Pin Lanes on the corner of Dirksen and Sangamon in Springfield.

The Springfield Jr. Blues will also be away next weekend, taking on the Janesville Jets for the first round of playoffs. Again, we will meet at Cooper’s for the Road Game Viewing Parties! The games will start at 7 pm each night.

Springfield will then take home-ice on Friday the 20th, and we will be home the 21st (if necessary).

The Robertson Cup & Springfield

The Springfield Jr. Blues have made it to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) playoffs. The National Championship will be played in Blaine, Minnesota, at the Fogerty Arena from May 10-13th, 2018. NAHL President and Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld “We have received very positive feedback from NHL and NCAA scouts in regards to hosting the event in Minnesota the last two seasons, so we felt a priority and need to continue that momentum. It also underlines our most important mission, which is to highlight and showcase the players at a critical time of year in the hockey calendar.”

The oldest junior hockey trophy in the United States, the Robertson Cup is named for Chuck Robertson, a pioneer in the early years of junior hockey and the NAHL. Robertson also was the owner of the Paddock Pool Saints during the time they won seven straight championships (1976-1983).

The Fogerty Arena opened in 1982 and has a main arena seating capacity of 1,800. The arena has hosted thousands of hockey events to include State Championships. There are two full-size hockey rinks, a curling rink, and their Sticks & Stones Restaurant. The facility became the first to have a year-round curling facility in North America.

The NAHL is divided into four divisions, with Springfield being in the Midwest Division. The first 4 teams in each division will play, with seeds 1 and 4 playing each other and seeds 2 and 3 playing each other. The winner is determined in a best of five series.

The two series winners will move to another best of five division finals. The winner of each division will go on to the final four, to eliminate two teams. The final two teams will play in a one-game championship to determine the Robertson Cup winner.

The 2018 NAHL Future Prospects Combine is also working with teams at the event, accepting applications from all players born between 2002-2005. Players will also have exposure to junior, college, and professional scouts in attendance.

Past Robertson Cup Recipients Include:

2017 Lone Star Brahmas
2016 Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2015 Minnesota Wilderness
2014 Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2013 Amarillo Bulls
2012 Texas Tornado
2011 Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2010 Bismarck Bobcats
2009 St. Louis Bandits
2008 St. Louis Bandits
2007 St. Louis Bandits
2006 Texas Tornado
2005 Texas Tornado
2004 Texas Tornado
2003 Pittsburgh Forge
2002 Compuware Ambassadors
2001 Texas Tornado
2000 Danville Wings
1999 Compuware Ambassadors
1998 Compuware Ambassadors
1997 Springfield Jr. Blues
1996 Springfield Jr. Blues
1995 Compuware Ambassadors
1994 Compuware Ambassadors
1993 Kalamazoo Jr. K Wings
1992 Compuware Ambassadors
1991 Kalamazoo Jr. K Wings
1990 Compuware Ambassadors
1989 Compuware Ambassadors
1988 Compuware Ambassadors
1987 Compuware Ambassadors
1986 Compuware Ambassadors
1985 St. Clair Falcons
1984 St. Clair Falcons
1983 Paddock Pools
1982 Paddock Pools
1981 Paddock Pools
1980 Paddock Pools
1979 Paddock Pools
1978 Paddock Pools
1977 Paddock Pools
1976 Little Caesars

Springfield Forward Nick Schultze Commits to Tufts

SPRINGFIELD IL – Springfield Jr. Blues’ Forward Nick Schultze has committed to Tufts University in Medford MA, starting this coming fall.

Head Coach Tyler Rennette had the following to say about Schultze “Nick has been everything we thought he would when we traded for him” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “He is a great kid and Tufts is getting an excellent student athlete who will make everyone around him better.”

The Springfield Jr. Blues acquired Schultze in December, 2017 from the Topeka Roadrunners. Schultze currently has 31 points, 14 goals, and 17 assists. Springfield expects Schultze to stay strong in the post-season and wishes him all the best in his college hockey career.

Game of Threes

Your Springfield Jr. Blues have been playing the Game of Threes this past week. With a win in Janesville over the Jets on Wednesday, and a home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians over the weekend, the Springfield Jr. Blues had three games, three wins, and secured third place heading into the playoffs!

On Wednesday the team won in a shootout after spending most of the game down by one. With just 38 seconds left in the game, number 16, forward Nick Schultze fired one past former Jr. Blues goaltender, Garrett Nieto to tie the game. Each team earned a point  going into overtime, but it was a shootout goals by Nikita Kozyrev, and Brandon Puricelli along with 37 saves from Goalie Evan Fear that gave Springfield the win!

Friday night the team played in their home barn against the 4th place Magicians in a battle for the third seed in the Mid-West Dvivison. With an initial goal from Minnesota during the first period, Springfield stayed quiet into the second until 8:29 when Schultze scored for Springfield, tying the game. Just like in Janesville, the teams ended up in a shootout after a physical and confrontational third period, with several penalties for both teams.

In the shootout, Nikita Kozyrev again scored for Springfield and that was all Goaltender Evan Fear would need to secure the victory stopping every shot he faced. Fear stopped 33 shots in the win posting a  .969% save percentage.

Saturday night the team was quiet in the first, but came out determined in the second, and Sam Sterne scored the lone goal of the game at 18:08 with assists from Smyth and Puricelli. Fear stopped all 44 shots faced and locked Springfield into third place and a 1st round playoff matchup with Janesville.

This week the team will head out for their final two regular season games against the Coulee Region Chill on Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to come out to Cooper’s AlleySide to watch the game with other fans, eat amazing food, and possibly win prizes!

Special Mid-Week Viewing Party!

Come join fellow Springfield Jr. Blues fans for the Official Viewing Party at Cooper’s Alleyside (inside King Pin Lanes at the corner of Dirksen and Sangamon) on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 7pm.

The Springfield Jr. Blues will take on Janesville Wednesday in a single-game match-up. The game will be shown live while patrons can enjoy food from Cooper’s AlleySide.

The Marketing Team will be on hand with prizes and giveaways throughout the game.

Come meet other fans and cheer on Springfield as they fight for third place in the Midwest Division before heading to the Playoffs in April!

Cooper’s AlleySide is the Official Home for all Viewing Parties when the team is on the road.

Celebrating Students and Jump Rope for Heart

The Springfield Jr. Blues are excited to announce their upcoming home game on March 31st featuring Jump Rope for Heart participants. Students from around the Springfield area raised money for the American Heart Association (AHA). The Springfield Jr. Blues, in an effort to support the community and area schools, are offering FREE tickets to students who participated and raised at least $50.00.

If a student raised $50.00 or more for the AHA during Jump Rope for Heart (or Hoops for Heart) at their school, they will receive a FREE ticket to the Saturday, March 31st, 2018 Springfield Jr. Blues game!

Students who raised $100 or more will get a FREE ticket, be recognized on the ice during an intermission, have their photo taken on ice, and be entered to win a Springfield Jr. Blues Prize Package including tickets and merchandise.

The TOP overall fundraiser in attendance will get to drop the Ceremonial Puck at the beginning of the game AND keep the puck!

If your student participated in Jump Rope for Heart, or Hoops for Heart, check with their teacher for the form. Forms should be submitted by mail to the Springfield Jr. Blues office by Friday March 23rd. All tickets will be at Will-Call the night of the game!

On game night, the doors will open at 5:05 pm, warm-ups will start at 5:30 pm, and the puck will drop at 6:05 pm. Be sure to get your tickets NOW for the final regular season game, before Springfield heads to the PLAYOFFS!

Springfield – Alaska Recap

Local Hockey Team is Playoff Bound for the First Time Since 2013

SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 19, 2018– The Springfield Jr. Blues are proud to announce they have returned home from Alaska winning 4-1 and having clinched playoff position. This will be the first time the team has gone to the playoffs since 2013, and the first time they will do so under Head Coach Tyler Rennette, who is a first-year head coach.

The Springfield Jr. Blues spent the last week and a half in Alaska, first taking on the Fairbank’s Ice Dogs for a two-game series before heading to take on the Kenai River Brown Bears. Their first weekend in Alaska resulted in a split with Springfield winning the first game 5-3, breaking the Ice Dogs 33 game-point streak. Brandon Puricelli led the way with two of the five goals. Puricelli also had two assists. Patrick Smyth had two goals, and Marcus Walter scored once. Goalie Jurja Ovecka stopped 26 goals for his 10th win of the season.

Saturday the Ice Dogs game back and won with a final score of 6-1. Max Brainin scored the lone goal for Springfield.

Springfield then traveled to Soldonta, Alaska for a three-game set against the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Thursday night Springfield came out ready to win. Chase Mickelson had one goal and an assist to kick off scoring in the 1st period. Max Brainin and Nick Schultze scored in the 2nd period, but it was Dylan Rauh who scored late in the 3rd, pushing Springfield closer to the playoffs. Goalie Evan Fear made 21 saves for the win.

Friday night, Springfield was hot with Jurja Ovecka in goal, making 29 saves and the team scoring 6 goals on the opponent. Ovecka let in 2 goals to Kenai, yet still landed his 10th win of the season.

Max Brainin led scoring with three points (two goals and an assist). Brandon Puricelli netted two goals as well, while Fabio Hollenstein had one goal and one assist. Nick Schultze also found the back of the net with one goal.

Feeling confident, the teams met again for the third time over the weekend on Saturday night when Giovanni Carabelli scored a short-handed goal assisted by Ethan Stewart and Marcus Walter. Brandon Puricelli then made the score 2-0 with assists from Nikita Kozyrev and Fabio Hollenstein. The Bears went on to score one point, stopping Evan Fear from having a shutout. Springfield still held on for the win, sweeping Kenai and locking themselves into a playoff position for the Robertson Cup.

Springfield will be playing their final two regular season home games Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st. Springfield will play the Minnesota Magicians. The Springfield Jr. Blues are currently sitting in the third-place position in the NAHL Midwest Division, over the Magicians, who have two games in hand. Springfield will travel to Janesville for a single game on March 28th before returning home for a two-game home series against the fourth-place Minnesota Magicians on March 30-31.

Tentatively, the first playoff home game is set for the 20th of April, though this could change depending on the remaining five games of the regular season.

To purchase tickets for the next two home games on the 30th and 31st of March, visit www.JrBlues.com or tickets can be purchased at the door.

Springfield Sweeps and Clinches PLAYOFF Spot!

The Springfield Jr. Blues will be returning home from Alaska this week with reason to be excited to return to their home barn.

Springfield won all three of their games against the Kenai River Brown Bears over the weekend AND secured their spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and for the first time under Coach Tyler Rennette.

Springfield will play at home March 30th and 31st against the Magicians. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the office at 217-525-2589.

Weekend Preview – Springfield at Kenai

This weekend the Springfield Jr Blues will be hosted by the Kenai River Brown Bears in Soldotna, Alaska. The teams will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening before Springfield heads back to Illinois.

With enough points, Springfield could secure a spot in the playoffs THIS WEEKEND!!!

*Please note there is no Official Watch Party at Cooper’s AlleySide for these games due to the time difference between Illinois and Alaska.*


Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st. Your Springfield Jr. Blues are home for their final homestand of the regular season. Be sure to come out on Friday for Happy Hour with $1. Coors Lite drafts from 6:05 until 6:45, with the puck drop at 7:05. This will be our Fan Appreciation Event and Billet Family Night!

Saturday the guys are back in action with the doors opening at 5:05 and a puck drop at 6:05 on Jump Rope for Heart Night. Remember to send in your forms if you participated in Jump Rope for Heart this year and raised $50 or more!



Kenai River Brown Bears


Tale Of The Tape:


Record: 52-15-34-1,33 Pts. (6th in Midwest)


Scoring Leaders: Gil Garcia (51 GP,  20 G – 14 A – 34 Pts.) Cameron McDonald (51 GP,  1 G- 32 A – 33 Pts.) Markuss Komuls (45 GP,8 G – 32 A – 30 Pts.),


Player To Watch:

Gil GarciaGarcia has earned 34 points this season, 14 of which are assists. With 14 goals, Springfield will have to keep an eye on his play and limit his chances to score.


Between The Pipes:

Gavin EnRight:  The Kenai goalie is 7-18 so far this season. He sports a save percentage of 0.893 and a GAA of 3.88.




Tale Of The Tape:


Record: 52-25-21-5-1, 56 Pts. (3rd in Midwest)


Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (52 GP,  17 G- 21 A -38 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (49 GP, 14 G- 22 A -36 Pts.), Max Branin (49 GP,  12 G- 20 A -32 Pts.)


Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Ethan Stewart has logged 17 points this season with Springfield. He has 17 goals and 21 assists, making him our highest scoring skater this year. He has six power play goals and one game winning goal.



Manning The Blue Line:

Jordan Muzzillo Springfield defenseman Jordan Muzzillo has logged 52 points this season, with 6 goals and 20 assists. He has one power play goal and two game winning goals.



Between The Pipes:

Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .875 this season, with 2.66 GAA. His shootout save percentage is 0.875. He is 13-11 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!