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AHL Looks To Boost Appeal Of '14 All-Star Game By Competing Against European Club
Published September 11, 2013
FRESH TAKE: In Rochester, Kevin Oklobzija wrote the format "has potential." When the AHL revived the ASG in '95, the "first few games were actually entertaining." But in the "years that followed, the intensity dropped significantly ... and regardless of the monetary incentive to win, the mid-season showcase had lost its luster." Playing a team from a European league "at least has potential to get guys a little excited to play." There might be "an us-against-them, our-hockey-is-better-than-yours approach." Oklobzija: "Maybe not, but at least the potential does exist" (DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE.com, 9/10).