SPRINGFIELD, MA - The American Hockey League (AHL) announced, Tuesday, that the 2021 AHL All-Star Classic, meant to be held during the 2020-21 regular season, will not be held.
It was originally meant to take place at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, home of the Laval Rocket on January 31 and February 1, 2021. It has been cancelled for this season due to the adjustments of the calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Laval will instead host the 2022 AHL All-Star Classic during the 2021-22 season at dates to be determined.
"While we are disappointed that we will not be able to hold our All-Star Classic festivities in 2021, we look forward to continuing the work that is already underway with the Rocket organization," said AHL President and CEO Scott Howson. "[We] are excited to have the city of Laval and Place Bell host the AHL's annual showcase event in 2022."
The AHL All-Star Classic, currently consisting of a Skills Competition and All-Star Challenge 3-on-3 tournament, has taken place in some form each year since 1995.
It has been hosted in Utica by the Comets twice, in 2015 and 2018.
The 2020-21 AHL regular season is anticipated to get underway on December 4.