Springfield Falcons Extend Agreements with Columbus Blue Jacket, MassMutual Center Another Year!
After two months of negotiations behind the scenes, the Springfield Falcons and Columbus Blue Jackets mutually agreed Tuesday to exercise options to extend their affiliation through the 2014-15 American Hockey League season.
SPRINGFIELD – After two months of negotiations behind the scenes, the Springfield Falcons and Columbus Blue Jackets mutually agreed Tuesday to exercise options to extend their affiliation through the 2014-15 American Hockey League season.
Falcons president/general manager Bruce Landon and majority owner Charles Pompea also reached an agreement with the MassMutual Convention Center Authority to exercise the club’s option on its lease at the MassMutual Center for next season.
“This comes as positive news at a time when fans should be embracing our team, especially with its 16-4-1-1 first-place record after a great start to this season,” Landon said.
“We are pleased with our affiliation with Columbus of the NHL, as they have given us teams that our fans can be proud of. We look forward to working with the Blue Jackets again next season. Regarding the MassMutual Center, we felt that it made sense at this time to exercise our option so it would mirror our agreement with Columbus.”
The Falcons are in their 20th AHL season. The league has been part of the Greater Springfield scene since 1936, when the Springfield Indians had a charter membership. As an expansion franchise, the Falcons joined in 1994 after the Indians were moved to Worcester and became the IceCats.
“Our affiliation with the Springfield Falcons has been very successful and we are excited to extend our relationship through next season,” said Blue Jackets assistant general manager Chris MacFarland, who oversees hockey operations for the club’s affiliates.
“The Falcons organization, from Charles Pompea and Bruce Landon to the coaching staff led by Brad Larsen, has provided our young players with a great environment in which to develop and have success.”
Last season, Larsen’s Falcons made the playoffs as Northeast Division champions.
“We are proud of the players who have been developed here in Springfield and are now playing and having success with the Blue Jackets,” Landon said.
The Columbus roster includes nine players who spent time with the Falcons – forwards Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert, Boone Jenner, Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille; defensemen Tim Erixon, Dalton Prout and David Savard; and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
In addition, five other current Falcons – forwards Michael Chaput, Ryan Craig, Sean Collins, Andrew Joudrey and defenseman Cody Goloubef – have had call-ups to the NHL club.
Springfield began its affiliation with Columbus in 2010 after three years with the Edmonton Oilers. The Falcons previously were affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets.