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01-05-2012, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Majik1987 View Post
Well, the annual All-Star game is being played on January 30, and fan balloting for the starters begins tomorrow (1/5).

It got me to thinking, is the All-Star game even relevant or necessary in the AHL? The games gets awarded on what seems to be a fisrt-come, first served basis and has been out East every year since 2001 with the exceptions of Grand Rapids in 2004 and Manitoba in 2006. Manitoba isn't that close to the central US teams (the Midwest and Texas teams). I guess Grand Rapids is, but that is once in ten years.

This year, it is in Atlantic City, so did any team even apply for it? I'm often left to wonder how player are selected for the game, and even when they are, there are always those that get called up to their NHL team and can't play.

So, is the All-Star game necessary in the AHL?

EDIT - Title change due to poor wording on my part
Not relevant. I believe that the ASG was played in Toronto in 2007. I don't consider that to be an eastern city. They play in the same division as GR. I count 12 cities to their west, leaving 17 to the east, including Rochester.

Maybe the AHL should have a game in Chicago!

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