Friday, April 17, 2015
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League to serve as the Coyotes AHL minor-league affiliate.
"We are very pleased to partner with the Springfield Falcons," said Maloney. "Springfield is one of the best hockey markets in the AHL and a great environment to develop our top prospects. We’re looking forward to a great relationship with the Falcons."
The Springfield Falcons franchise was founded in 1994 and is currently tied as the fifth longest-tenured team in the AHL. The Falcons were most recently affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-15. Springfield has qualified for the postseason eight times in its 21-year history including back-to-back Northeast Division titles from 2012-14. The Falcons established new franchise records with 47 wins and a .658 points percentage in 2013-14.
"We are looking forward to starting this partnership with the Arizona Coyotes," said Falcons President Sarah Pompea. "We have had the opportunity to work with this organization in the past and are excited about the renewing the relationship with the new management team in Arizona."
"With our new NHL partner, we are pleased to continue providing professional hockey entertainment in Springfield," Pompea added. "This affiliation will allow fans to follow the progress and development of top NHL prospects right here at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons are dedicated to serving the Greater-Springfield community both on and off the ice and we are thrilled about a long-term partnership with an organization that supports our commitment to this city."
The Falcons compete in the Northeast Division of the AHL’s Eastern Conference and play their home games at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.