Springfield Jr. Blues

The Springfield Jr. Blues are a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's Midwest Division.[1] The team plays their home games at the Nelson Center in Springfield, Illinois.[2]

Springfield Jr. Blues
CitySpringfield, Illinois
Home arenaNelson Center
ColorsNavy, Gold
Owner(s)Dan Ferguson
General managerTyler Rennette (2017–18)
Head coachTyler Rennette (2017–18)
MediaFast Hockey
Franchise history
1993–presentSpringfield Jr. Blues


Founded by John D. O'Laughlin and Al Jennings, the franchise joined the North American Hockey League for the 1993–94 season.[3] Springfield had previously been home to multiple semi-pro teams the Springfield Kings and Springfield Capitols. The team has made numerous appearances in the NAHL playoffs and were back-to-back Robertson Cup National Championships in 1996 and 1997.

Season-by-season records

2004–055630251612072001,5095th, South Div.
2005–065828264601812081,7213rd, South Div.
2006–076226315571882031,5886th, Central Div.
2007–085827255591901901,2534th, Central Div.
2008–095825285551831851,1824th, South Div.
2009–105621298501631939214th, South Div.
2010–115831243651911709765th, North Div.
2011–1260312726420219012163rd, Midwest Div.
2012–136026304561591819076th, North Div.
2013–146026268601411608755th, North Div.
2014–156023316521261848156th, North Div.
2015–166029256641551647705th of 6, Midwest Div.
13th of 22, NAHL
2016–176027285591741897175th of 6, Midwest Div.
18th of 24, NAHL
2017–186033216721691666703rd of 6, Midwest Div.
9th of 23, NAHL
2018–196033225711921779013rd of 6, Midwest Div.
9th of 23, NAHL

Playoff records

2005Did not qualify
2006413091383Lost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Texarkana Bandits
2007Did not qualify
200885303118119Won 1st Round, 3–0 vs. North Iowa Outlaws
Lost 2nd Round, 2–3 vs. Alexandria Blizzard
200941305993Lost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. St. Louis Bandits
20104130102076Lost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Topeka RoadRunners
2011Did not qualify
201294501826155Won Div. Semifinals, 3–2 vs. Janesville Jets
Lost Div. Finals, 1–3 vs. St. Louis Bandits
201320211332Lost Div. Play-in Round, 0–2 vs. Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings
2014Did not qualify
2015Did not qualify
2016Did not qualify
2017Did not qualify
20183030027Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Janesville Jets
2019413021018Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Minnesota Magicians


  1. "Jr. Blues skate on as Springfield's longest-operating sports franchise". sj-r.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  2. "The History of Hockey in Springfield". dexknows.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. "Junior Blues' finances 'better every year'". sj-r.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
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