The Springfield Pics and Mass/Conn United (MCU) have announced a merger that brings together the area’s two USPHL franchises to form the region’s only club offering programming from Mites through Juniors.
In addition Mass/Conn United has announced that they will be adding new Tier 1 teams to the USPHL’s youth division, the Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF), in the upcoming 2019-20season. The Springfield Jr. Pics, as they will be called, will host teams from across the EHF at their home facility, the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, MA.
“On behalf of the Springfield Pics and our GM Rob Bonneau we are proud to announce this merger of the Springfield Pics franchise with Mass/Conn United’s youth program providing the area the continuity it has been craving for many years,” praised Patrick Tabb, owner of the Springfield Pics.
For MCU, the addition of the Jr. Pics strengthens a youth program that includes the Connecticut Jr. Huskies (EHF Elite), Springfield Jr. Thunderbirds (EHF Tier 1) and New England Jr. Falcons (EHF Full-Ice Mites) currently skating out of Enfield Twin Rinks in Enfield, CT.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Mass/Conn United,” stated Keith Hillebrecht, President and General Manager of Mass/Conn United. “Our vision has always been to see players from Western Massachusetts and Connecticut competing together rather than against each other. Our integration with the Springfield Pics and Olympia Ice Center gets us closer to seeing that vision become a reality.”
Together, the Pics and Mass/Conn United will provide a qualified, professional staff to instruct players and offer programming designed for youth to learn and play the sport of ice hockey. All teams, regardless of level, are structured to provide players with the opportunity for individual growth and preparation for success on the ice and in life.
“[The Pics] look forward to working with MCU in providing a development ladder that will allow players to progress from the youngest ages to our top junior team,” said Tabb.