We are all admittedly pretty distracted by the 2014 Sochi Olympics at the moment, but it is not the only big event in the world of hockey. The American Hockey League is hosting its yearly All-Star Classic over the next two nights in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Instead of the usual East vs West match up or the newly popular “fantasy draft” format, the AHL All-Stars will face off against the Swedish Hockey League’s Farjestad BK.
The AHL will kick things off with tonight’s Skills Competition at 6:30 PM. Twenty of the top players in the AHL will face off against players from Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in the first of two events during the All-Star Classic. Tomorrow night (also at 6:30 PM), the two teams will play a proper exhibition game.
For those who have watched the NHL Skills Competition, tonight’s events will be somewhat familiar: fastest skater, puck control relay, accuracy shooting, hardest shot, and breakaways.
Farjestad BK has been the most successful Swedish Elite team in the 21st century, having won four of their nine Le Mat Trohpies in 2002. 2006. 2009, and 2011.
2014 AHL All-Star Roster:
Brett Connolly, Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay)
Brian Gibbons, W-B/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh)
Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (Ottawa)
Jason Jaffray, St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg)
Travis Morin, Texas Stars (Dallas)
Brandon Pirri, Rockford IceHogs (Chicago)
Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (Dallas)
Colton Sissons, Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville)
Ryan Spooner, Providence Bruins (Boston)
Ben Street, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)
Ryan Strome, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (N.Y. Islanders)
Linden Vey, Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles)
Chad Billins, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)
T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (Toronto)
Cody Goloubef, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)
Alexey Marchenko, Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit)
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans (Buffalo)
Frederic St. Denis, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)
The AHL has published a full list of broadcast information for both the Skills Competition and the All-Star game here. If the event will not be live in your area, the NHL Network will also have a replay later.
Topics: American Hockey League