An announcement is taking place this morning at St. John's City Hall regarding the 2014 AHL All Star Classic to be held Feb. 11-12 in the city. — Photo by Glen Whiffen/The Telegram
American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the St. John’s IceCaps and Mile One Centre in St. John’s have been selected to host the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic on Feb. 11-12, 2014.
The event will see a team of AHL All-Stars face off against Färjestad BK — one of the top professional teams in the Swedish Hockey League — in a two-day event including a Skills Competition on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and the All-Star Game on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
“I would like to thank Färjestad, the Swedish Hockey League and the St. John’s IceCaps for their commitment to making this very special opportunity a reality,” Andrews said.
The 2014 AHL All-Star Classic will mark the first time ever that a Swedish Hockey League team has competed in North America. Founded in 1932 and based in the city of Karlstad, Sweden, Färjestad BK — led by team CEO Håkan Loob — is one of the most successful franchises in all of European hockey, playing in 19 league finals and winning nine Swedish league championships, including four since 2002.
“The St. John’s IceCaps organization is extremely proud to showcase our city and Newfoundland and Labrador to an international audience as host of the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic,” said Danny Williams, President and CEO of the St. John’s IceCaps.
“Hosting one of Sweden’s elite teams will be a first for the American Hockey League and will undoubtedly ignite hockey fever throughout the province.”
The international telecast of the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s will be produced and aired live by Sportsnet. In addition to the Skills Competition and All-Star Game, the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s – the 20th edition of the league’s modern All-Star festivities – will also include social events as well as the 2014 AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony.
“The SHL is proud to be a part of this event and it is a positive step in the direction our league is heading,” said Jörgen Lindgren, CEO of the Swedish Hockey League. “Most importantly, we are proud to give North American hockey fans a unique sports experience.”
The American Hockey League has announced that the 2014 AHL All Star Classic will be held Feb. 11-12 in St. John's.
The Telegram is covering the announcement. More to come as further details are available.