The 2012 AHL All-Star Game will be played at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, on Sunday January 29th (skills contest) and Monday January 30th (All-Star Game). It is the first time ever that the game has been played in a non-AHL city. That said, if you live anywhere on the East Coast, this is a weekend that you should spend in Atlantic City. If you have never been to a hockey game at the Historic Boardwalk Hall, this will be a very special treat. I have been to many venues to see hockey games and I would put the Boardwalk Hall in my top three (Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, PA; Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON Canada and then the Boardwalk Hall). So maybe I’m a little biased, however I know that there is not a bad seat in the Hall and the history of this building is truly mind-blowing. The Boardwalk Hall (formally know as the Atlantic City Convention Hall) was built in 1929 and has a 137 foot-high barrel vault ceiling. Anyone, that is a fan of the old barns will be wowed since very few exsist. Everyone from the Beatles to Bon Jovi have played there. The Hall received a $90 million dollar renovation that was completed in 2001, this was to get the building up to date but still preserving the original architecture.
A little hockey history at the Hall…
- The first hockey game was on December 28th 1929, when the Ottawa Senators played the New York Rangers.
- The Atlantic City Seagulls played there from 1930-1952.
- On March 1st 1933 the New York Rangers played the Atlantic City Seagulls in a benefit game in front of 22,157 fans.
- On October 3rd 1982 New York Rangers played the Philadelphia Flyers in a pre-season game.
- The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies played at the Hall from 2001-2005.
- In 2010/11 the Albany Devils played games against the Adirondack Phantoms, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Norfolk Admirals and Hershey Bears. The Trenton Devils played the Wheeling Nailers. The ECAC played the Men’s Championship.
Looking for something to do while in AC? How about do some shopping at The Pier Shops at Caesars and The Walk? There is always a show at of the 11 casinos and plenty of great places to eat. Let’s not forget that after the skills competition the will be a Post-Skills Party at 5:30 at the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars (tickets for the event are $35). Monday at 11:00 am the AHL will hold their 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Caesars Circus Maximus Theater. Tickets for that event are $20. Good seats still remain for this spectacular two-day event: The Skills Competition(which takes place on Sunday January 29th at 3:00 pm) and the All-Star Game (Monday January 30th at 7:00 pm). Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the future stars of the NHL up close and personal. Ticket prices are $52, $37 and $32, and the price includes ticket to the Skills and the All-Star game. Just announced, single session tickets will be available on Friday January 13th at noon.
A variety of ticket options are available for both event days. For Sunday’s AHL All-Star Skills Competition, tickets are priced at $13 for the upper bowl, $16 for the lower bowl, and $21 on the glass. Group price rates for this day are $11 for the upper bowl and $14 for the lower bowl. Groups must consist of at least 15 people.
Monday’s game day tickets are priced at $19 for the upper bowl, $22 for the lower bowl, and $31 for on the glass. The cost of group rates for this day is $16 for the upper bowl and $18 for the lower bowl. A special four pack is also available specifically for Monday’s All-Star Game. Priced at $79, this offer includes 4 upper bowl tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 soft drinks. Family 4-packs must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420 or at www.ticketmaster.com. For group orders, please call 609-348-7023.
In addition to groups of 15 or more, single-session discounts are also available to students and military. Student and military tickets must be purchased at the Box Office after January 13 and require a valid ID. Purchase is limited to one ticket per person. Group discounts cannot be combined with any other offers. Fan experience packages for hockey fans, clubs, and youth organizations can also be purchased on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. If your looking for a hotel Caesars and Bally’s have special rates, call for 888-516-2215 for availability and mention the code PAHL.
The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Caesars Entertainment, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the American Hockey League. For destination information about Atlantic City, please visit www.atlanticcitynj.com. Here are the rosters for the 2012 AHL All-Star Game. The honorary captains for the All-Star Classic are former Flyers Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke.
2012 Eastern Conference AHL All-Stars
Cam Atkinson, Springfield Falcons
Keith Aucoin, Hershey Bears
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Connecticut Whale
Chris Bourque, Hershey Bears
Carter Camper, Providence Bruins
Cory Conacher, Norfolk Admirals
Boyd Kane, Hershey Bears (“C”)
Corey Locke, Binghamton Senators
Colin McDonald, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Andy Miele, Portland Pirates
Kyle Palmieri, Syracuse Crunch
Trevor Smith, Norfolk Admirals
Mats Zuccarello, Connecticut Whale
Mark Barberio, Norfolk Admirals
Calvin de Haan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Simon Despres, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Thomas Hickey, Manchester Monarchs
Matt Irwin, Worcester Sharks
Paul Postma, St. John’s IceCaps
Zach Redmond, St. John’s IceCaps
Matt Taormina, Albany Devils
2012 Western Conference AHL All-Stars
Joe Colborne, Toronto Marlies
Philippe Cornet, Oklahoma City Barons
Jon DiSalvatore, Houston Aeros
Matt Fraser, Texas Stars
Darren Haydar, Chicago Wolves (“C”)
T.J. Hensick, Peoria Rivermen
Nazem Kadri, Toronto Marlies
Krys Kolanos, Abbotsford Heat
Jon Matsumoto, Charlotte Checkers
Chris Mueller, Milwaukee Admirals
Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins
Brandon Pirri, Rockford IceHogs
Jerome Samson, Charlotte Checkers
Kevin Connauton, Chicago Wolves
Ryan Ellis, Milwaukee Admirals
Cade Fairchild, Peoria Rivermen
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans
Alex Plante, Oklahoma City Barons
Colby Robak, San Antonio Rampage
Frederic St. Denis, Hamilton Bulldogs
Clay Wilson, Abbotsford Heat