CRAIG NAMED FALCONS CAPTAIN
Springfield, Mass. - The Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, announced on Friday that veteran forward Ryan Craig has been named the club's captain for the 2012-2013 season.
Craig, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, also served as Springfield's captain during his third professional season of 2005-2006, the last time he played for the Falcons. The 30-year-old was the captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 and held the same role with the Norfolk Admirals in the latter half of 2009-2010. This season will mark Craig's fifth as the captain of an AHL team. He enters 2012-2013 tied for 13th on the Falcons' all-time goal-scoring list with 39 tallies. A 10th-year pro, Craig has skated in 578 professional contests, combining 132 goals and 140 assists for 272 points.
Sixth-year forwards Cody Bass and Andrew Joudrey have been selected as Springfield's alternate captains. Both players served in that same capacity for the Falcons in 2011-2012.
The Falcons open up their 19th AHL campaign on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. when they host the St. John's IceCaps at the MassMutual Center.
"Opening Night presented by Amica Insurance" will feature the Falcons wearing their new alternate jerseys as well as Springfield's magnetic schedule giveaway to fans in attendance. Amica Insurance will also pass out cowbells to fans who visit their their concourse table.
After hosting the IceCaps in the season opener, Springfield stays home to welcome Adirondack to the "Nest" on Sunday. After Sunday's game, fans are invited to stick around and skate on the MassMutual Center ice. Fans must bring their own skates to participate. Sunday is also $5 Kids Day. Children 17 and under accompanied by an adult with a full-priced ticket get into the game for $5 (Box Office offer only, one $5 youth ticket per full-priced adult ticket).
Single-game tickets to see the Falcons in 2012-2013 are on sale now and can be purchased at the MassMutual Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through game time on Saturday home dates, and starting four hours prior to Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets by logging onto Ticketmaster.com. Ticket packages for the Falcons this season start as low as $112. Call (413) 739-GOAL (4625) for more information.