The Springfield Thunderbirds are proud to be the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers beginning in the 2016-17 season.
Based out of the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Panthers are entering their 23rd season in the NHL. The 2015-16 campaign was the most successful in Panthers history, as Florida skated to an Atlantic Division championship. Their 47 wins and 103 points set franchise records for on-ice excellence. For his efforts, Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s coach of the year.
Led by future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr, three-time Olympic goaltender Roberto Luongo, and young rising stars Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad, the Panthers look to build off the momentum of their record-breaking season heading into the 2016-17 campaign.
General Manager/Interim Head Coach: Tom Rowe
President of Hockey Operations: Dale Tallon
Assistant GM/Thunderbirds General Manager: Eric Joyce
Assistant GM/VP of Legal Affairs: Steve Werier