New Coach to Lead the Jr. Blues Next Year

By Ron Valerino

The Springfield Jr. Blues of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) have
hired Chicago native Nick Pollos as their new Head Coach and General Manager
for the upcoming 2002 – 2003 Jr. A Hockey Season. Pollos comes to the Jr.
Blues from the Chicago Flames Midget program where he captured three
consecutive Illinois State and USA Central District Championships as well as
a USA Hockey National Championship in 1999 and a USA Hockey National Runner
Up in 2000.

“I am very excited about the opportunity here in Springfield” says Pollos,
“It’s a great hockey town with great fans. The people of Springfield will be
proud of the team next season and enjoy watching them perform.” The Jr.
Blues will look to rebound from a dismal 2001 – 2002 season. “One of our
goals as a team is to be the hardest working team on the ice night in and
night out. Hard work, commitment and a discipline attitude are not requested
next year, they are expected,” says Pollos, “We want to be a skilled team
and play a complete team game”. The Jr. Blues currently are fighting for the
final playoff spot in the NAHL’s West Division

The Jr. Blues can be reached at 217-525-2589 or by email at
jrblues@cityscape.net