SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After opting out of the 2020-21 AHL season earlier this year, the Springfield Thunderbirds are letting fans know they are returning next season!

The team posted on Twitter Tuesday night that hockey will return to Springfield on October 16th this year. This will be the first game at the MassMutual Center since March 2020. The Thunderbirds were one of three AHL teams, including the Milwaukee Admirals and the Charlotte Checkers, that decided to not play this past season due to the pandemic.

Several other dates have already been confirmed as well in Springfield. The Thunderbirds said they are guaranteed to play on:

  • October 16th
  • November 5th
  • December 11th
  • January 15th
  • February 12th
  • March 5th