Hockey players showcase skills, creativity on the ice at AHL All-Star Skills Competition

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The All-Star Skills Competition has ended with the West taking home the win, 17-14 but fans were excited to see the action take place right here in Springfield.

Hockey fans wearing all kinds of jerseys walked the streets of downtown Springfield on Sunday excited to see some of the best hockey talent in the country for the 25th AHL All-Star Classic.

22News spoke with fans who said they’re looking forward to the All-Star Skills Competition.

“I’m looking to see some great goalie competition,” said Jeff Muzzy of Springfield I used to play goal. I appreciate it. Whoever is on either side of the ice, I like watching some goalie competition.

Since 1995, more than 94 percent of All-Star Classic participants have gone on to compete in the National Hockey League.

Hockey players from the Eastern and Western Conferences showcased their skills and creativity on the ice Sunday night competing for the 2019 Skill Competition Champion title.

“I’m excited to see all the players come out and see what the skilled NHL players of tomorrow have in the AHL today,” Chris Rosso of Springfield told 22News. 

One family told 22News, they’re happy to see the city highlighted as a sports entertainment destination.

“It’s great to see something happening in Springfield again, to bring the energy back, to bring excitement back and entertainment, to where families can go out and enjoy themselves,” said Robert Cote of Springfield. 

Which many families did on Sunday night as thousands of people filled the seats at MassMutual Center’s arena home to the Springfield Thunderbirds.

And the festivities continue Monday for the 3-on-3 All-Star Challenge.
    

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