"It is such a great hockey town and there is so much history here that to bring an event like this here means a lot to the fans and a lot to the city in general. When you put 10,500 people in here for a skills competition in the minors, I think that speaks volumes for the caliber of people that are in this town and how much they love the game." -- Bears forward Andrew Gordon
There is only one AHL city that routines welcomes more than 10,000 fans into its arena and only one franchise with 11 Calder Cup banners hanging from the rafters. That is why Hershey, Pa., home of the two-time defending Calder Cup champions and the franchise en route to posting the best attendance in the league for the fifth straight season, is where the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic will conclude with the All-Star Game on Monday night at Giant Center.
The celebration got under way Sunday afternoon with the 2011 Reese's AHL Skills Competition, and a sold-out arena welcomed a showcase for the league's top players.