Springfield Thunderbirds transform into the Ice-O-Topes for “What If?” Night

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – What if your favorite hometown hockey team was called the Springfield Ice-O-Topes?

Saturday night the Springfield Thunderbirds answered that question for fans as the T-Birds transformed into the fictitious team from the television show, The Simpsons.

The “What If? Night” honors the 30th anniversary of The Simpsons, and what better way to face off the Hartford Wolf Pack than revamping the team jerseys with the Ice-O-Topes logo?

photo credit: Springfield Thunderbirds

Fans lined up before the game to buy the iconic jersey, and Springfield Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa told 22Nes that the turn out exceeded expectations.

“We anticipated the demand, so we got a few things,” said Costa. “But we didn’t think it would be this out of control. The line is moving, people are excited, I think they are happy about it.”

The night did not only feature specialty jerseys, complete with a Simpson-ized “Boomer” Patch, but the whole T-Birds organization got the Simpson’s makeover. Fans even got the chance to experience Moe’s Tavern, which served specialty drinks such a “The Flaming Moe” and the “Up-And-Atom Bomb.”

One T-birds fan, Brian Costello, who has been a devoted season ticket holder for almost 8 years, said he thinks these events bring the community closer together.

“It’s awesome, I think its gotten a lot of national recognition and even around the world, so it’s really cool. You see a lot of families are coming and people you know from the area.”

photo credit: Springfield Thunderbirds

Fans can look forward to more events coming up, including Military Appreciation February 29 and Pink in the Rink March 7.

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