SPRINGFIELD – While there will be plenty of changes in the upcoming season for the Springfield Falcons, uniforms won’t be among them.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Springfield Falcons Director of Hockey Operations Bruce Landon confirmed to Reminder Publications there would be “no changes for us” with regards to uniforms or jerseys.
The Falcons will retain their current logo and red, white and blue color scheme.
Speculation of new colors and logos have swirled since the announcement of a new affiliation agreement with the Arizona Coyotes after the Falcons and Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to sever their affiliation in order for Columbus to partner with Lake Erie in its home state.
Those rumors intensified recently with the Coyotes’ announcement that they would unveil new uniforms at the team’s NHL Entry Draft viewing party on June 26.
The Coyotes’ previous affiliation with the Portland Pirates expired at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Pirates edged the Falcons by one point for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference before falling to the Manchester Monarchs in the first round, three games to two.
On May 18, the Coyotes announced it would not renew the contracts of its AHL coaching staff, including head coach Ray Edwards, assistants John Slaney and Trent Whitfield and goaltending coach Alfie Michaud.
Edwards was also the team’s general manager in Portland. Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney formally announced Darcy Regier, senior vice president and assistant general manager, would serve as general manager of the Falcons.
Regier was previously introduced at the announcement of the new affiliation in Springfield.
Regier was assistant general manager for the New York Islanders in 1990 when the Springfield Indians won the Calder Cup as the Islanders’ affiliate.