All-Star Classic to reach 140 million homes

All-Star TV Network

The American Hockey League announced today that the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic will be televised to more than 140 million households in the United States and Canada, highlighted by live coast-to-coast coverage of the All-Star Game on ESPN2 and Rogers Sportsnet.

The top players in the American Hockey League head to Manchester, N.H., for this year’s annual showcase at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The event begins on Sun., Feb. 13, with the AHL All-Star Skills Competition, and concludes with the 2005 AHL All-Star Game the following evening.

The 2005 AHL All-Star Game will air exclusively on ESPN2 in the United States and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, live to viewers across both countries. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Mon., Feb. 14.

Sunday’s Skills Competition will reach audiences across Canada on Rogers Sportsnet, which will show the event live in its East, West and Pacific regions, and on a 90-minute delay in its Ontario region. In the U.S., Fox Sports Net will carry the Skills Competition on its New York, New England, Pittsburgh and Ohio regional networks. Comcast SportsNet will also air the Skills Competition on its Philadelphia, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West regional networks, as will Comcast’s local cable carriers in the greater Chicago area and Michigan. The Madison Square Garden Network, the Sunshine Network, and America One are also scheduled to broadcast Sunday’s event.

Peter Loubardias and Kevin Quinn will call the action both nights, and they will be joined by AHL graduate and former NHL All-Star Ray Ferraro. The broadcasts will be produced by Concom, Inc.

Of the 328 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 92 percent have competed in the NHL, including Daniel Briere, Andrew Brunette, Anson Carter, Pavol Demitra, Rick DiPietro, J.P. Dumont, Patrik Elias, Manny Legace, John Madden, Ladislav Nagy, Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis, Marc Savard, Steve Sullivan and Tomas Vokoun.