The Springfield Thunderbirds have made a point of reaching out to the community as they lay the foundations for their first season.
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Jonathan Racine from the Florida Panthers in return for forward Tim Bozon.
It is within the fabric of the city of Springfield’s long, rich history that some of hockey’s earliest and strongest roots can be found.
What to do on a sweltering summer day? Well, how about talking hockey for four hours?