AHL All-Star Classic creates excitement in downtown Springfield


After a 60 year wait, the AHL All-Star Classic is back in Springfield. 

AHL’s best will be on the ice at the MassMutual Center Sunday and Monday showing off their skills to thousands of hockey fans.

“It’s wonderful for the city to have it after 60 years, I’m sure everyone is really excited for this, said Eileen Rivera of Natick, MA. “It’s going to be great tonight.” 

The MassMutual Center ice rink looks a lot different. The Thunderbirds completely redesigned the center of the rink with the AHL All-Star Classic logo. Crews were busy all weekend preparing the rink for AHL’s top players. 

Thunderbirds crews put the finishing touches on the ice rink Sunday morning, cleaning the boards, and preparing the equipment for the All-Star Skills competition. The AHL All-Star Challenge will conclude the festivities Monday night. 

“There are a lot of people excited about this. It’s the end of January, Sunday and Monday night are not traditional nights to go out, but its great to bring this much business and excitement to the area around this time,” said Nathan Costa, Springfield Thunderbirds President. “And it wouldn’t have been done without MGM Springfield.”

Costa told 22News their partnership with MGM Springfield is the biggest reason why they were chosen to host the AHL All-Star Classic this year. Costa expects a sold-out crowd for both the All-Star Skills Competition Sunday and the All-Star Challenge Monday. 

If you were one of the lucky fans who scored an AHL All-Star Classic ticket, you’ll be able to attend both events. 

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