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All-Star telecast to reach more than 100 million homes

07allstar.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, taking place Jan. 28-29 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, will be televised to more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada.

The event begins on Sun., Jan. 28, with the 2007 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition, and concludes with the 2007 AHL All-Star Game on Mon., Jan. 29. Live coverage both nights begins at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

For the sixth year in a row, Rogers Sportsnet will carry the AHL All-Star Classic live in Canada. The league’s showcase event can also be seen this year on 18 regional networks in the United States, including the New England Sports Network (NESN); America One; Fox Sports Net (FSN) in its New York, Pittsburgh, Ohio, North, Southwest and Arizona regions; and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Mid-Atlantic, Chicago and West.

Comcast Local will air the event to its subscribers in Michigan and Indiana; CSS and Sun Sports will bring the AHL All-Star Classic to fans across 11 states in the southeastern United States; and Altitude Sports and Entertainment will carry the event for its viewers in a 10-state territory of the Rocky Mountain region.

The 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic will also air live on NHL Center Ice to subscribers in the U.S.

Rogers Sportsnet, which will also be producing the telecasts, will have its team of Rob Faulds (play-by-play), Sam Cosentino (analyst) and R.J. Broadhead (sideline) calling the action both nights.

The AHL is also pleased to be joining with B2 Networks to provide a live video broadband webcast of both nights’ festivities at no charge to fans around the world. Anyone with a high-speed cable modem or T1 or DSL broadband connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher can view the Skills Competition and All-Star Game through the links to be provided on the official Web site of the American Hockey League, theahl.com.

Visit theahl.com for a schedule of air times for the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic on the AHL All-Star TV network.

Of the 394 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Daniel Briere, Jonathan Cheechoo, Pavol Demitra, Rick DiPietro, Patrik Elias, Ray Emery, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Dwayne Roloson, Marc Savard, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, Steve Sullivan and Kyle Wellwood.