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Springfield's AHL Franchise Sold And Will Leave Western Massachusetts


Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been home to an American Hockey League franchise for almost 80 years, may soon be left without a team.

The NHL’s Arizona Coyotes  Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase the Springfield Falcons and plans to relocate the AHL franchise to Tucson for the start of the next season.  

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he’s concerned how the loss of 40 hockey games a year at the MassMutual Center will impact vendors and downtown bars and restaurants.

" Our goal now is to see if professional hockey can continue to stay in the city of Springfield," said Sarno

The Falcons home attendance this season was less than half the AHL average of almost 6,000 fans per game.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.