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All-Star Classic to reach 100 million households

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … In addition to the crowds who will witness the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, the action will also reach millions of AHL fans worldwide through a comprehensive network of television partners.

The event, with the 2010 Ducks Unlimited AHL All-Star Skills Competition set for Monday, Jan. 18, and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game to follow on Tuesday, Jan. 19, will be produced by the New England Sports Network (NESN) and televised to more than 100 million households in North America.

NESN’s broadcast crew for the event is led by Tom Caron (play-by-play), a two-time winner of the James H. Ellery Award for outstanding media coverage of the American Hockey League and the former voice of the AHL’s Portland Pirates who currently serves as NESN’s Boston Red Sox studio host and Hockey East play-by-play announcer. Providing color analysis will be former AHL and NHL defenseman Bob Beers, a member of the 1999 Calder Cup champion Providence Bruins who now serves as a commentator on Boston Bruins radio broadcasts and as NESN’s Hockey East studio host. The third member of the team will be rinkside reporter John Chandler, who serves as both an anchor and a reporter for SportsDesk, NESN’s popular sports news, information and highlights program.

The event also marks the continuation of a partnership between the AHL and TSN, in which the leading sports network in Canada will carry the AHL All-Star Classic to nine million households nationally. In addition to NESN, the league’s showcase event can also be seen this year on more than 20 regional networks in the United States, including Fox Sports on its Pittsburgh, Detroit, Ohio, Midwest, Houston, Southwest, Arizona and Northwest networks; on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Chicago and California; the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN); America One; and Altitude Sports and Entertainment, which reaches views across 10 states in and around the Rocky Mountains.

Time Warner Cable customers in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Milwaukee will get to see the AHL All-Star Classic on their local Time Warner Cable Sports channel. Madison Square Garden Network will carry the event for its viewers throughout New York state and in parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, while fans in Florida will be able to catch it on Sun Sports. My Network TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (WQMY-TV) will also air the event for fans in northeast Pennsylvania. Visit theahl.com for a complete schedule of stations and air times for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic on the AHL All-Star TV network.

The 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic will feature the top talent in the American Hockey League competing in the 2010 Ducks Unlimited AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Monday, January 18 (8:00 p.m. ET) and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, January 19 (6:00 p.m. ET). Of the 492 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 Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Dan Boyle, Danny Briere, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Rick DiPietro, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.

Tickets for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic – which include admission to both the Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game as well as an official commemorative All-Star Classic event program – are $49 (rows 1-12 in all sections) and $42 (rows 13-24 in all sections). To purchase tickets call (207) 775-3458, visit the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or go on-line at portlandpirates.com.