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IceCaps, AHL ready to announce Mile One as site for 2014 mid-season classic

The St. John’s IceCaps and the American Hockey League have a “special announcement” planned for Tuesday morning at which time details for the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic will be announced.

As first reported by The Telegram, both the AHL and IceCaps have confirmed since last winter that they have been in negotiations that could see Mile One Centre as the 2014 all-star site.

“St. John’s is certainly a candidate and we’ve had good discussions with Glenn (Stanford) and the IceCaps organization,” league president Dave Andrews told The Telegram during the 2013 AHL All-Star game in Providence, R.I.

At that time, Andrews suggested that in order for St. John’s to be an All-Star host, there would have to National Hockey League representation at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

During Winter Olympic years, the window for the AHL All-Star Classic opens wider than the normal two-day gap which would allow for the league to bring in and send out All-Star participants to and from Newfoundland without too much trouble.

The NHL is sending players to Sochi and the AHL schedule shows a four-day break in mid-February. In a press release accompanying the schedule revelation, the AHL stated All-Star Classic will take place Tue., Feb. 11, and Wed., Feb. 12.

No other league city is known to have expressed an interest in hosting the 2014 All-Star Game.

At last year’s All-Star Classic, Andrews told The Telegram the league was looking at different scenarios, not the least of which is a team from Europe facing off against an AHL all-star team.

The online site, Eurohockey.com, recently stated it had learned from several sources that the AHL is toying with two unique ideas for a mid-season contest this year. One is a contest against a pre-Olympic team from a European country or, failing that, a game against an elite league team from either Germany, Switzerland or Sweden.

Tuesday’s announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the E.B. Foran/Green Room at City Hall.

Organizations: American Hockey League, IceCaps, AHL All-Star Classic National Hockey League IceCaps organization E.B. Foran/Green Room

Geographic location: Providence, R.I., Newfoundland, Sochi Europe Germany Switzerland

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