The Springfield Thunderbirds are proud to be the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers in an affiliation that began in the 2016-17 season.
Based out of the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Panthers are entering their 24th season in the NHL. The 2017-18 Panthers season saw the club narrowly miss a playoff berth, but it saw current and former Thunderbirds play more than 200 combined games in the NHL for Florida.
In total, seven Panthers making their NHL debuts in 2017-18 spent time with the Thunderbirds.
Head Coach: Bob Boughner
President of Hockey Operations/General Manager: Dale Tallon
Assistant GM/Thunderbirds General Manager: Eric Joyce