SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League and CCM Hockey announced today that CCM’s new Quicklite jersey technology will debut at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, set for Jan. 28-29 in Utica, N.Y.
The 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge on Jan. 29 will mark the first time the CCM Quicklite jersey will ever be worn in a game. Utilizing the color palettes of the American Hockey League and the host Utica Comets, the 2018 All-Star Challenge jerseys are white with red and blue trim for the Atlantic Division; green with blue and white trim for the North Division; blue with red and white trim for the Central Division; and red with blue and white trim for the Pacific Division.
Quicklite jerseys feature a new, more breathable fabric and new MixMedia cresting techniques, all designed for increased comfort, enhanced durability, better range of motion. They also include new CCM DNA on the back and a new signature collar design with a deboss pattern.
“We built the Quicklite concept around improving player performance through a lighter weight uniform system with an enhanced range of motion and comfort,” said Maria Pineiro, Global Business Unit Director Softgoods & Sourcing for CCM Hockey. “CCM is continuously investing in developing advanced technologies on skates, sticks and protective equipment to make them lighter and more performant and we felt that the player uniform could deliver on these same key attributes.”
In addition to debuting Quicklite at this month’s AHL All-Star Classic, the American Hockey League will be transitioning to Quicklite uniforms (with existing team designs) for all 31 of its teams for the 2018-19 season.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino. Event tickets are priced at $39, $49, $69, $89 and $99, and include admission to both the Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 28 (8 p.m. ET) and the All-Star Challenge on Monday, Jan. 29 (7 p.m. ET). To purchase event tickets, visit the Adirondack Bank Center box office or go online to www.empirestatetix.com.
Additionally, complimentary tickets for the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony are available now by visiting the Turning Stone Resort Casino box office (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET) or by phone at 877-833-7469. The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony will be held in The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino on Jan. 29 (11 a.m.), featuring the induction of Jim Bartlett, Don Biggs, Brian Kilrea and Glenn Merkosky as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2018 as well as celebrating the careers of honorary All-Star Classic captains Scott Pellerin and Craig Cunningham.
The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: since 1995, more than 93 percent of All-Star Classic participants have gone on to compete in the National Hockey League, including Jake Allen, Artem Anisimov, Patrice Bergeron, Ben Bishop, Troy Brouwer, Ryan Callahan, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Braden Holtby, Tyler Johnson, Martin Jones, Chris Kunitz, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Cory Schneider, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, P.K. Subban and Mats Zuccarello.
In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers. In 2016-17, over 6 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America for the 16th year in a row.
CCM Hockey is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of hockey equipment and related apparel. With its headquarters located in Montreal, the company has operations in Canada, the United States and Europe. CCM Hockey equips more professional hockey players than any other company, including superstars like Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares. CCM Hockey is also the preferred equipment supplier of the National Hockey League and the official outfitter of the American Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League, and several NCAA and national teams. For more info, visit www.ccmhockey.com.