COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Springfield Falcons to serve as the organization's American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland and Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon announced today. The one-year affiliation agreement is for the 2010-11 season with an additional one-year option.
"The Blue Jackets organization is proud to have the Springfield Falcons as our top affiliate beginning in 2010-11 and joining a market that has been a part of the AHL's rich tradition for many years," said MacFarland (pictured), who will oversee the club's hockey operations for the Blue Jackets. "We are looking forward to having our young players continue to develop and putting a premier product on the ice for the fans in Springfield."
The Falcons unveiled new home and road sweaters that the club will wear for the 2010-11 season. To view the new sweaters, click here.
To watch the Springfield press conference announcing the new affiliation, click here. (Press conference begins around the 2:30 mark of the video).
The Springfield Falcons will enter their 17th American Hockey League season in 2010-11. The AHL has been a part of the Greater Springfield area dating back to 1936 and the Springfield Indians. In the spring of 1994, the Springfield Indians franchise was sold and moved to Worcester, Mass., and Springfield was awarded an expansion franchise in May of 1994. The Falcons play their home games in the 6,789-seat MassMutual Center.
"We are excited about this new agreement with Columbus," Landon said. "They are excited about a number of the young prospects they currently have under contract and others that they hope to sign over the next few months. In addition, they believe in adding the right number of veterans to provide leadership and help create a winning environment."
The Blue Jackets return action tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101, and online at BlueJackets.com.
Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.