The Springfield Thunderbirds are in their sixth season of play in the American Hockey League and their second season as the primary affiliate for the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues.
The 2021-22 season was a history-making campaign for the T-Birds. On the ice, Springfield captured the Eastern Conference Championship. The club also reached the first Calder Cup Finals in the city of Springfield in 31 years.
In addition to the team accolades, the club was also recognized at the AHL level as the Team of the Year for overall excellence on and off the ice, setting franchise records in average attendance, as well as corporate and ticket sales revenues.
T-BIRDS UNVEIL 2023-24 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (July 12) – The Springfield Thunderbirds, the proud American Hockey League affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, released their full schedule for the 2023-24 regular season on Wednesday in conjunction with the AHL. This marks the T-Birds' third playing season in their affiliation with the Blues.
For the fourth straight season, the Thunderbirds will begin their regular season on home ice when they play host to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:05 p.m. inside the MassMutual Center for Opening Night. It marks the first of five contests on home ice against their I-91 rivals. Other matchups in Springfield between the two clubs will take place on Friday, Nov. 24; Wednesday, Dec. 27; Friday, Feb. 23; and Saturday, April 20. All of those games will feature a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.
The Thunderbirds will face every Eastern Conference team at least twice during the 2023-24 regular season, with the exception of the Cleveland Monsters. Once again, the AHL season will consist of all 32 clubs playing 72 total games (36 home, 36 away).
Springfield will play a total of 58 games against Atlantic Division opponents, including 29 at the MassMutual Center. Their most frequent opponents are the Providence Bruins and Bridgeport Islanders, who will each visit the Thunderdome six times.
The season series against Providence begins with a 3:05 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 15. Other game dates include 7:05 p.m. contests on Saturday, Oct. 28; Saturday, Dec. 30; Saturday, Jan. 6 (Throwback Night); Saturday, Feb. 24; and another 3:05 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 14.
The Islanders make their first visit to Springfield on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7:05 p.m. before return trips on Saturday, Dec. 9 (Teddy Bear Toss); Saturday, Dec. 23; Friday, Dec. 29; Sunday, March 3 (3:05 p.m.); and Friday, March 8.
The defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears come to the MassMutual Center twice in the 2023-24 season for 7:05 p.m. starts on Friday, Dec. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 10 for Ice-O-Topes Night.
The Thunderbirds will also play 14 games (7 home, 7 away) against teams from the AHL’s North Division, beginning with a visit from the Belleville Senators on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:05 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. Springfield will host the Toronto Marlies at the Thunderdome for the first time since the 2021-22 season when the Marlies come to town for Pink in the Rink on Saturday, March 9 at 7:05 p.m.
Springfield Thunderbirds 2023-24 Schedule Breakdown:
Start Times at Home:
Mondays: One game starting at 3:05 p.m. ET (Jan. 15 vs. WBS)
Wednesdays: One game starting at 10:35 a.m. ET (School Day Game - Nov. 8 vs. LV); all others 7:05 p.m.
Fridays: 12 games, each starting at 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturdays: 16 games, each starting at 7:05 p.m. ET
Sundays: 3 games, each starting at 3:05 p.m. ET
Total Weekend Games (Friday - Sunday) Home/Away: 61 total (31 home, 30 away)
Total Weekday Games (Monday - Thursday) Home/Away: 11 total (5 home, 6 away)
Atlantic Division Games Home/Away: 58 total (29 home, 29 away)
North Division Games Home/Away: 14 total (7 home, 7 away)
Monthly breakdown Home/Away: Oct. 8 total - 4/4; Nov. 11 total - 7/4; Dec. 11 total - 8/3; Jan. 13 total - 5/8; Feb. 8 total - 3/5; March 13 total - 6/7; April 8 total - 3/5
Three-games-in-three nights: 8
First 36 Games Home/Away: 21/15
Last 36 Games Home/Away: 15/21
Springfield Thunderbirds fans are encouraged to visit www.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com to learn more about 2023-24 Ticket Memberships, which feature the best benefits, including a special edition season ticket holder jersey. For more information or to order now, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625) or visit www.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com.
Single-game tickets and the full promotional schedule for the 2023-24 regular season will go on sale at a later date.
Springfield Thunderbirds 2023-24 Schedule - By Month - Home Games in Bold (All times ET)
Saturday, Oct. 14 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15 vs. PRO, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20 vs. LV, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21 @ WBS, 6:05 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 22 @ LV, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27 @ HFD, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28 vs. PRO, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29 @ PRO, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 3 vs. BEL, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4 vs. LV, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 5 @ BRI, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 8 vs. LV, 10:35 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 10 @ PRO, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11 @ BRI, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 @ HFD, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 vs. UTC, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22 vs. BRI, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25 vs. UTC, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1 vs. WBS, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 @ WBS, 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. BRI, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 13 vs. ROC, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 @ LV, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 @ HER, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22 vs. HER, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. BRI, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29 vs. BRI, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30 vs. PRO, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5 vs. WBS, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. PRO, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7 @ PRO, 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 10 @ BRI, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12 @ SYR, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 13 @ UTC, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 15 vs. WBS, 3:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20 @ ROC, 5:05 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21 @ WBS, 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 @ HER, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 26 vs. CLT, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27 vs. CLT, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 31 @ BRI, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2 @ BRI, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3 @ HFD, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10 vs. HER, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17 @ CLT, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18 @ CLT, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. PRO, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 @ BRI, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 1 @ PRO, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 vs. LAV, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 vs. BRI, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 8 vs. BRI, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 vs. TOR, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 @ PRO, 3:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 @ CLT, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 @ CLT, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 @ LV, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 22 vs. CLT, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 vs. SYR, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 29 @ HFD, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 @ UTC, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 @ TOR, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, April 5 @ BEL, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 @ LAV, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12 @ HFD, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 vs. CLT, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 vs. PRO, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, April 19 @ PRO, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m.