ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations/General Manager Doug Armstrong released the following statement regarding the Springfield Thunderbirds' announcement that they will opt out of the 2020-21 American Hockey League season:
"All professional sports have been impacted by the inability to open arenas and facilities to their fans. That is particularly true at the minor professional level where fan attendance is the lifeblood of business operations. We look forward to working with Springfield in the 2021-22 season. In the meantime, we have reached a working agreement with Utica where our prospects will continue to develop for the 2020-21 season."