SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Attorney Frank Fitzgerald is confident professional hockey will be back in Springfield this fall. He is representing a group of some 30 to 50 investors who have signed a letter of intent to buy the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates and move them to Springfield.
The AHL’s Board of Governors will have to make a decision on this proposal at their May 10th meeting. Fitzgerald said that indications are that this plan will be approved.
He told 22News that the plan to buy the Pirates really only came together last week, and they notified Mayor Domenic Sarno of their intentions on Wednesday.
Mayor Sarno said the city will do everything it can to bring the Portland team to Springfield; “I have to say during the Falcon’s games we never had any public safety issue whatsoever, great family fun; and I believe with this broad based investor group, you’ll see even more aggressive marketing.”
It comes less than a month after it was announced the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes would be buying the Springfield Falcons AHL team with the intention of moving them to Tucson. The AHL also must approve that decision.
Fitzgerald would not mention a dollar amount for the deal. He said that they are looking for further investors and supporters to join the cause of bringing hockey back to the city of Springfield.