Kevin Maxwell - General Manager

Kevin Maxwell was named the General Manager of the Springfield Thunderbirds on August 1, 2022.DSC08322-min.jpg

Maxwell, 62, joins the Blues organization following 14 seasons in the scouting department with the New York Rangers. Since 2011, Maxwell had served as the Rangers' Director of Professional Scouting. New York reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 10 of Maxwell's 14 seasons in the organization, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

A native of Edmonton, AB, Maxwell was a third-round selection by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1979 NHL Draft following an All-American season at the University of North Dakota in 1978-79, when the center amassed 82 points (31g, 51a) in 42 games for the Fighting Sioux. 

Maxwell turned pro in 1980 and skated in eight professional seasons, including 66 NHL games with the North Stars, Colorado Rockies, and New Jersey Devils. In his AHL playing career, Maxwell was a member of two Calder Cup winners with the Maine Mariners in 1984 and the Hershey Bears in his final playing season in 1988. Maxwell finished 1987-88 second on the Bears with 85 points (36g, 49a) in 77 games. 

After retiring from his playing career in 1988, Maxwell immediately jumped into the scouting ranks, spending three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers scouting department from 1988-91. Following a brief stint as the head coach for the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings in 1991-92, Maxwell spent the last 30 years in NHL scouting roles with the Hartford Whalers (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-2006), Dallas Stars (2006-08), and Rangers (2008-2022). He has served as the Director of Professional Scouting for the Whalers, Islanders, and Rangers over his tenure as an executive.

Steve Konowalchuk - Head Coach

Steve Konowalchuk was hired as the fourth head coach in Springfield Thunderbirds history on May 20, 2024.Kono headshot.png

Konowalchuk, 51, spent the 2023-24 season as an associate coach with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles, where he helped lead the team to a 40-25-7 regular-season record and a 5th-place finish in the Western Conference.  The Salt Lake City, Utah, native’s coaching career began in Colorado, where he served two seasons as an assistant coach for the Avalanche. Then, in 2011, he was named head coach of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds and spent six seasons behind their bench. During his tenure, he guided the Thunderbirds to five postseason appearances, including in 2017, when they captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup (WHL championship). Following his time in Seattle, Konowalchuk served one season as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks before spending two seasons as head coach of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. 

As a player, Konowalchuk was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1991 and enjoyed a 14-year NHL career. He played 790 career NHL regular-season games, including 693 with the Capitals. He also represented the United States in several international competitions, including the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where he captured a gold medal.  

Jaroslav Modry - Assistant Coach

Jaroslav Modry was named assistant coach of the Springfield Thunderbirds on June 7, 2024. Modry headshot.png

Modry, 53, joins the Thunderbirds for his second tour of duty as an assistant coach in the AHL. He served in the same capacity with the Ontario Reign from 2017-20. Since 2021, Modry has been coaching in the Czech professional league, where he served as the head coach for HC Motor České Budějovice during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. Last season, he served as the head coach for HC Kometa Brno. 

During his playing career, Modry skated in 725 NHL games as a defenseman for six different teams (NJD, LAK, OTT, ATL, DAL, PHI), recording 250 points (49g, 201a) and 510 penalty minutes. He also captured a Calder Cup championship with the Albany River Rats in 1995. Modry was originally a ninth-round pick by the New Jersey Devils (179th overall) in the 1990 NHL Draft. 

Chad Wiseman - Assistant Coach

Chad Wiseman was named assistant coach of the Springfield Thunderbirds on June 7, 2024.guelph-storm-head-coach-chad-wiseman-1-6866766-1714434723033.png

Wiseman, 43, joins the Thunderbirds following two seasons as the head coach for the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League, where he compiled a 68-56-12 record and led the Storm to back-to-back playoff appearances. He previously served as an assistant and associate coach in Guelph from 2018-22. Wiseman also brings prior head coaching experience, serving in that capacity with the New York (Metropolitan) Riveters in the National Women's Hockey League from 2015-18. 

Wiseman enjoyed a 14-year playing career, including parts of 11 seasons in the AHL for six different franchises. The forward set a career-high with 59 points (24g, 35a) in 2009-10 as a member of the Springfield Falcons. In 603 lifetime AHL games, Wiseman posted 431 points (171g, 260a) and 560 penalty minutes. He also skated in nine NHL games with the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks between 2002 and 2006. Wiseman was originally an eighth-round pick by the Sharks (246th overall) in the 2000 NHL Draft.

Additional Hockey Operations Staff:

Jeff Jordan - Manager of Hockey Operations & Video Coach

Dan Stewart - Goaltending Coach

Koryd Lavimoniere - Head Athletic Trainer

Julia Snow - Assistant Athletic Trainer

Abe Edson - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Steve Passineau - Head Equipment Manager

Casey Barile - Assistant Equipment Manager

Dr. Tara Futrell - Director of Medicine, Head Team Physician

Dr. Seth Gemme - Associate Medical Director (Baystate)

Jim Maloney - Director of Rehabilitation (Baystate)

Dr. Chris Magiera, DMD – Team Dentist (Agawam Crossing Dental)

Dr. Peyton O'Connor – Team Chiropractor (Community Chiropractic Care)

Dr. Max Kernizan, Dr. Steven D. Nguyen, Dr. Michael J. Spink - (Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery of Western Mass - Official Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons)