Florida Panthers AHL affiliate will be known as the Thunderbirds
T-Birds replace Falcons in longtime American League stronghold of Springfield
The Florida Panthers recently relocated AHL affiliate has a new nickname. The team will known as the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Springfield announces new #AHL franchise as the Springfield Thunderbirds (@thunderbirdsahl)→https://t.co/FVyY5qU5OI pic.twitter.com/XFv5yluRxg— AHL (@TheAHL) June 15, 2016
According to Executive Vice President Nathan Costa
The Springfield Thunderbirds' name represents the strength and pride of western Massachusetts, It is is a nod to our hockey past, a tribute to the men and women of the Air Force who are so vital to this region, and a symbol of the new energy and spirit that is palpable in Springfield."
The club's name the team survey garnered over 2,600 responses.