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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
The two newest teams in the American Hockey League were announced this week. They are the Springfield Thunderbirds and the Tucson Roadrunners.
The Thunderbirds were announced Thursday. They are the relocated Portland Pirates team and will play as the affiliate of the Florida Panthers. It’s possible and highly likely that the Thunderbirds will remain in the Atlantic Division.
At first, when I heard the name and the logo, I thought it was a weak attempt at a rebrand of a team in Springfield. But then I read about it, in the link above, and understand where they are coming from.
The Roadrunners were announced Saturday in Arizona. They are the “old” Springfield franchise and are the affiliate of the Arizona Coyotoes.
Wait. Coyotes and Roadrunners. It is your Saturday morning cartoon past revisited.
The Roadrunners have embraced the hashtag, #meepmeep which I think is as cool as all get out. What wasn’t announced was a sponsorship with ACME. If that happened, that would be downright awesome.
The Roadrunners are slated to play in the Pacific Division and most likely will play 68 games joining their California counterparts.
The AHL may need to re-align again, as there now is an imbalance of 16 teams in the Western Conference and 14 teams in the Eastern Conference, with the loss of Portland and the gain of Tucson. News on possible realignment will come sometime later in the Summer.
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