Well this is interesting.
The host of the AHL All-Star Game this season?
Atlantic City will host the All-Star game.
From the press release…
The first AHL All-Star event held outside an AHL city is being made possible through the partnership of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Caesars Entertainment and the American Hockey League.
“The American Hockey League is looking forward to working with Boardwalk Hall, the ACCVA, the CRDA and Caesars to make the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic a truly special event,” said Andrews. “The historic Boardwalk Hall will provide an incredible and appropriate backdrop for us to celebrate our league and our sport’s best young players.”
Incredible backdrop, definitely. Appropriate? That may be a stretch.
But the arena isn’t a stranger to hockey, as the press release continues…
While this is the debut of the AHL’s All-Star Classic at Boardwalk Hall, the venue enjoys a life-long association with hockey dating back to Dec. 28, 1929, when the New York Rangers took on the Ottawa Senators in a regular-season National Hockey League contest. Boardwalk Hall hosted four Albany Devils games during the 2010-11 AHL season, and is currently the home of the ECAC Hockey men’s championship.
I’ll admit, when I saw the news, I thought it was silly. But the more I think about it, I give the AHL credit for thinking outside the box on this one. Hosting a logistical event of this magnitude is a HUGE undertaking, and to do it well requires a huge team effort from the hosting team, and a ton of volunteer work from the community. It’s tough to pull off.
And if the AHL didn’t see a lot of raised hands when they looked for hosts for this season, good on them for broadening their search and finding a host that wanted to throw the party. We’ll get an All-Star game like we’ve never had before. And if it goes well? Maybe this is the start of something pretty great.
Yeah, it’s a bit goofy. But it’s better than no All-Star game at all.