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Oilers Apologize to Falcons Fans

March 10, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Springfield Falcons News Release

Springfield, MA - The Springfield Falcons and Edmonton Oilers released today the following statement regarding the 2009-10 season:

"We are in the business of winning hockey games and we failed miserably in Springfield this season," stated Kevin Prendergast, Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Hockey Operations. "On behalf of the Oilers we apologize to the fans in Springfield who have supported this team through a very difficult year. We will begin plans immediately in addressing the problems on the ice this season and promise that we will do everything we can to put a more competitive and winning team on the ice next year."

The Falcons will be entering their 16th American Hockey League season at the start of the 2009-10 campaign.

"Kevin and the entire Oilers organization are very disappointed in what has happened this past year," added Springfield Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon. "We can't dwell on the past but only focus on the challenges ahead. There are obviously going to be a number of changes that have to be made. I will get together with the coaching staff over the next couple of weeks to evaluate our current roster. We will then meet with Kevin before the end of the season and put a plan together for what has to be done during the off season."

The Falcons and Oilers will enter the third year of their affiliation agreement next year. Springfield has been home to seven Calder Cup championships, while Edmonton has won five Stanley Cup championships.

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