Springfield gearing up for AHL All-Star Classic


In about three weeks, you will get to see all of the top American Hockey League players take to the ice in Springfield.

It’s been 60-years since Springfield hockey fans saw an AHL All-Star game. But that will change on January 28, when the AHL’s best hockey players take the ice at the MassMutual Center.

Springfield Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa told 22News that their high ticket sales the past two years and their partnership with MGM Springfield were the reasons the league selected them to host this year’s All-Star Classic.

“We were able to show the American Hockey League that we would be sustainable here,” Costa explained. “Last year, with the nine sellouts, they were confident our business was moving in the right direction. We submitted for it and we were chosen.”

Thunderbirds forward Henrik Borgstrom and Goalie Sam Montembeault will represent the Thunderbirds at the AHL All-Star Classic. But Costa told 22News there is a possibility that Borgstrom won’t play since he was recently called up to their NHL affiliate the Florida Panthers.

Costa said tickets are going fast.

If you manage to snag one or two, they will get you into both the All-Star Skills Competition on January 27 and the All-Star Challenge the following night.

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