Fates can change quickly in sports. The fates of two New England cities with long hockey histories became intertwined this week, with one winner and one loser.
Two weeks ago, people in Springfield, Massachusetts were bemoaning the loss of the city’s American Hockey League team to Tucson, Az. and the likely end of almost 80 years of professional hockey in western Massachusetts.
" I think people really thought we were losing hockey, but now it seems we've been able to pull a rabbit out of our hat," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.