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All-Star Classic to reach 100 million homes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced that the telecast of the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will reach more than 100 million households on Sportsnet in Canada and on a comprehensive network of television partners in the United States. 

Produced in high definition by Concom Inc., live broadcasts of the event from the historic Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, N.Y., will air Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET for the AHL All-Star Skills Competition, and Monday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET for the AHL All-Star Game

John Bartlett, play-by-play announcer for the Montreal Canadiens on Sportsnet, will handle play-by-play duties; Bob McGill, analyst for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies on Leafs TV, will provide color commentary; and Brendan Burke, the radio voice of the Utica Comets, will be rinkside. 

National coverage of the AHL All-Star Classic across Canada will see the Skills Competition on Sportsnet 360 and the All-Star Game on Sportsnet live in all four regions (East, Ontario, West, Pacific). In the United States, the league’s showcase event will be seen on more than 25 regional networks, including the New England Sports Network; Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, The Comcast Network in Philadelphia, CSN Chicago, CSN Northwest and CSN California; MSG Network, serving the New York City metro area and upstate New York; Root Sports in Pittsburgh; Fox Sports’ Detroit, Ohio, North, Midwest, Southwest, Oklahoma and Arizona affiliates; and Altitude Sports and Entertainment, which reaches viewers across 10 states in and around the Rocky Mountains. 

Time Warner Cable customers in New York state, the Carolinas, Wisconsin, Kansas City, Texas and southern California will get to see the AHL All-Star Classic on their local TWC sports channels. Florida viewers will be able to catch it on Sun Sports, and My Network TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (WQMY-TV) and Antenna TV in Rockford, Ill. (WIFR-TV 23.2) will also air the event for local AHL fans. In addition, the two-day event will be streamed worldwide to subscribers via AHL Live (ahllive.com). 

Click here for a complete schedule of stations and air times for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic on the AHL All-Star TV network. 

A very limited number of tickets remain available for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino. They can be purchased in person at the Utica Memorial Auditorium box office (10-4 ET), by phone at 800-693-8000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the two-day event are priced as low as $69 and include admission to both the All-Star Skills Competition at 8 p.m. on Jan. 25 and the All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26

In addition, complimentary tickets for the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony are available by visiting the Turning Stone Resort Casino box office (10 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET) or by phone at 877-833-7469. The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, to be held in The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino at 11 a.m. on Jan. 26, will feature the induction of Frederic Cassivi, James C. Hendy, Bronco Horvath and Art Stratton as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and will also celebrate honorary All-Star Classic captains Bill Guerin and Eric Weinrich. 

The 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: Of the 644 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 94 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice BergeronBen BishopRyan CallahanZdeno CharaLogan CoutureJimmy HowardChris KunitzRyan MillerGustav NyquistZach PariseTuukka RaskPekka RinneBobby RyanMartin St. LouisCory SchneiderPatrick SharpJason SpezzaEric Staal and P.K. Subban.