Best players in minor-pro league will take on elite team from Sweden
There are those who think the American Hockey League all-star game — with little in the way of physical play — is like pond hockey.
IceCaps president Danny Williams speaks at a news conference Tuesday at city hall, at which it was announced St. John’s will host the AHL’s 2014 All-Star Classic.
— Photo by Josh Pennell/The Telegram
Well, how about a little across-the-pond hockey?
On Tuesday, the AHL and St. John’s IceCaps officially announced the league’s 2014 All-Star Classic will be held at Mile One Centre Feb. 11-12, and that the event will have a European flavour, with a collection of AHL all-stars taking on Färjestad BK, historically one of the top teams in the Swedish Elite League.
The 2014 game will be the 20th in AHL modern history, but while previous events have featured two sides made up of players from league teams, AHL president Dave Andrews “wanted to do something very special in this 20th anniversary season, and I think we’ve achieved that.
“(It) brings a new flavour to this event for our players, our fans and TV audiences across North America and internationally.”
IceCaps president Danny Williams noted his team had been prepared to be the 2014 all-star host no matter the format, but feels St. John’s has “hooked a major bonus” with this non-traditional concept.
“The hockey focus will be on us,” said Williams. “It’s a chance to expose our city, our province, our team to the rest of the world. It will be a challenge, but we love a challenge, especially since we always seem to come out on top.”