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PRESEASON Games 9/7 and 9/8

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!

Springfield Jr. Blues Host Hockey Camp

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! 

NAHL Showcase Schedule Released

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.

Springfield Announces Pre-Season Games

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.

2018 Main Camp In The Books

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.

NAHL sets another new single-season NCAA commitment record

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.

 

2018 Main Camp Preview

The Springfield Jr. Blues will host its annual Main Camp this weekend, July 13-15. Main Camp is open to the public and free to view!

Springfield has invited over 120 players to try out at camp and will have games running all weekend.

Games begin on Friday at noon, run all day Saturday, with a final All-Star game on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

From this weekend, Springfield will pick a 30-man protected list of players to bring back in late August for practice.

Springfield will host an equipment sale on Saturday from 10-12 in Locker Room A.

BREAKING NEWS! 2018-19 Schedule Released

Today the NAHL has officially released the 2018-19 schedule for your Springfield Jr. Blues!

See the Springfield Jr. Blues schedule HERE!

From the NAHL:

NAHL releases 2018-19 regular season schedule

JULY 2, 2018

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the release of the 2018-19 regular season schedule.
Celebrating its 44th season in 2018-19, the NAHL is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model.  The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey.
The NAHL is on the cusp of setting yet another new single-season NCAA commitments record. With 305 commitments to date, the league has equaled its record-breaking total of NCAA commitments set last season. That also includes 221 NCAA Division I commitments this past season, which is a new all-time record. The league also saw nine players with NAHL experience selected in the 2018 NHL Draft held last week in Dallas, Texas.
“The schedule release is always an exciting day for NAHL teams and fans as they get the first look of which teams they will be playing and what type of rivalries will be forged and continued this season. We are coming off another incredible year of advancement and development, with another record-breaking NCAA commitment total and nine players selected in the 2018 NHL Draft,” stated NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “Our owners worked together diligently and collectively to make the schedule happen in a timely manner and our continued success is the direct result of their leadership and commitment, along with the talented players, committed coaches and wonderful relationships with the NCAA and NHL.”
Each of the 24 teams in the league’s four divisions (Central, East, Midwest and South) will play 60 regular season games. The regular season will commence on September 13, 2018 and end on April 7, 2019.
The 16th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament will be held from September 19-22, 2018 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.  All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey’s most prominent and popular events of the entire season. For scouting purposes, the event is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer. A showcase schedule will be announced on a future date. The 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament will be held from February 18-19, 2019 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. A schedule and format will be announced on a future date. The 2019 Robertson Cup Championship, which crowns the NAHL’s playoff champion and USA Hockey’s Tier II Junior National Champion, will be held from May 10-13, 2019 at a neutral site and will feature the four NAHL Divisional Playoff Champions. A location for the event has yet to be determined.

Springfield Equipment and Merchandise Sale

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:

  • Sticks
  • Helmets
  • Socks
  • Replica Jerseys
  • Game Worn Jerseys
  • T-Shirts
  • and More!

*All sales will be final*

Forward Ethan Stewart Commits to Ferris State

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.