The American Hockey League All-Star Game is coming up very soon. This year’s festivities will be held in Hershey, Pennsylvania and it will be a big celebration of the 75th anniversary of the AHL. I will be there representing the Admirals along with Mike Wojciechowski, our VP of Business Development, Charlie Larson, our VP of Communications and our two All-Star players, Mark Dekanich and Linus Klasen.
I look forward to seeing Linus and Mark in the Skills competition on Sunday, January 30th. I think they will both be great. I expect Linus to have something special planned for the shootout competition. Maybe it will even turn into a SportsCenter moment. You will be able to watch the Skills competition (9-11 pm) and the All-Star Game on Monday, January 31 (6 pm) on Time Warner Sports, Channel 32 in Eastern Wisconsin and around the sports channel dial for those who live outside of the Time Warner area.
I often get asked if Milwaukee will host the AHL All-Star Game. We annually do an internal review of the procedures and requirements for the All-Star Game from the AHL’s standpoint. We haven’t made it to the point of deciding to host the game yet but it is on our radar. It is a major undertaking that requires not only a full investment of your staff but also a major coordination from volunteers, civic leaders, local business and fans. Having been a part of the Milwaukee Brewers All-Star Game planning group, I can tell you that it is a major undertaking but one that, when done right, is a boost for your city and for the league. So, we’ll continue to do our research and see if it makes sense in the future.
Lots of great hockey coming up with six divisional games in a row heading into February and nine of the next 11 games on our home ice. I look forward to seeing you at the rink.