League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the 2012
AHL All-Star Classic will be held at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic
City, N.J., on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30, 2012.
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.”
The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, pitting the top players from the AHL’s Eastern
Conference against the best of the Western Conference, will begin with the AHL
All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m.; the AHL All-Star
Game will follow on Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the 2012 AHL
All-Star Classic, which include admission to both the Skills Competition and
the All-Star Game, are priced at $52 for seats on the glass, $37 for
lower-level seats and $32 for upper-level seats. Tickets go on sale Monday,
Sept. 12, at noon ET, at the Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster
locations, by phone at (800) 736-1420 and at www.ticketmaster.com.
For group orders, please call (609) 348-7021.
Details on other social events to take place during the All-Star Classic,
including the 2012 AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, will be
announced at a later date.
“The AHL All-Star Classic is a great addition to the lineup of exciting
sporting events scheduled to take place in Boardwalk Hall this year,” said Jeff
Vasser, President of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
“Continuing with A10 Men’s Basketball, ECAC Hockey and the Atlantic City
Boardwalk Rodeo, Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is the perfect venue to enjoy
your favorite activity.”
“Partnerships and events of this magnitude are what continue to help grow our
market and position Atlantic City as the East Coast’s top entertainment
destination,” said Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President for
Caesars Entertainment. “The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic at historic Boardwalk
Hall will shine the national spotlight on Atlantic City, allowing the community
to showcase what a diverse entertainment destination we are.”
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
“We’re thrilled to host this event as it provides the perfect opportunity for
local fans to see the best up and coming talent that hockey has to offer”, said
Greg Tesone, General Manager for Boardwalk Hall. “The All-Star Game,
coupled with the Skills Competition and Hall of Fame Induction and Awards
Ceremony, will also allow fans to interact with the players and experience the
sport on a more engaging level.”
The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City will feature the top young
talent in the American Hockey League, competing in the AHL All-Star Skills
Competition and the AHL All-Star Game. Of the 562 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, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, Boardwalk Hall first
opened in 1929 and underwent a three-year, $90-million renovation to transform
the building into a modern special events arena capable of variable seating for
up to 14,770 people. Upon its reopening in 2001, the unique seaside venue has
been recognized as Atlantic City’s premier entertainment venue, known for high
profile concerts, family shows and sporting events. SMG manages Boardwalk Hall
on behalf of its client, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
For destination information about Atlantic City, please visit www.atlanticcitynj.com.