Revolution Sports Management, headed by Joe "Mac" MacConnell and Ken Tomaro, recently announced that after five years in New Mexico, the Renegades will be moving to Springfield, Missouri, for the 2014-2015 season, where they'll be known as the "Express."
The announcement was made at a press conference last Thursday, with a large media contingent and numerous fans on-hand, looking to find out more about the first junior team to call Springfield home since the NAHL's Spirit left town in 2005.
Just like the Spirit, the Express will call the 2,000-seat MediaCom Ice Park home, which also houses the Missouri State Ice Bears hockey program. With a burgeoning youth program and a knowledgeable fan base already in place, the Express have already received a great deal of season ticket requests.
Moving quickly, MacConnell has his coaching staff set and ready to recruit over the summer months, with WSHL veteran Jeremy Law at the helm and former WSHL player Ty Smith on-board as his assistant.
Law recently finished up his fourth season with the Texas Brahmas, who he guided to a Thorne Cup Finals appearance just a few weeks back. The Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, native has a total combined record of 152-89-5 in his WSHL head coaching career, including a league championship in 2006. His experience, knowledge of the league and how to move players on will come in handy, especially with the Express expected to move into the Midwest Division, which Law is very familiar with.
Joe MacConnell had this to say about the move and hiring's, "We at Revolution Sports Management are very excited about the move to Springfield. We feel that Springfield is a great fit not only for our hockey team but also for the league. The reception so far from the employees of the city and MediaCom has been a breath of fresh air." MacConell continued, "With Jeremy Law at the helm and the support of both the city and arena, we feel we have the beginnings of a very successful organization."
For more infromation regarding the Express, visit www.springfieldexpress.com