San Jose, CA – The American Hockey League (@TheAHL) announced today that the San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), the top developmental affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), have been awarded the 2024 AHL All-Star Classic. The 2024 AHL All-Star Classic will include the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, February 4, followed by the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 5 and the 2024 AHL All-Star Challenge that evening.
“Tech CU Arena is the latest demonstration of the San Jose Sharks’ vision and commitment to the growth of hockey in the Bay Area,” said AHL President and CEO Scott Howson. “Our All-Star events provide a stage for hockey’s brightest young stars to shine, and we look forward to sharing this celebration of our players and our league with the San Jose community in 2024.”
“Hosting the AHL All-Star Classic is an incredible opportunity to shine light on the City of San Jose, our facilities and our organization,” said Joe Will, Barracuda general manager. “None of this could have been possible without the vision and support of our owner Hasso Plattner who saw the immense value in moving the Barracuda to San Jose seven years ago.”
“Being awarded the 2024 AHL All-Star Classic is a tremendous point of pride for our organization and is just the tip of the iceberg for the events we hope to host at Tech CU Arena,” said Eric Grundfast (@egrundfast), director of business operations for the San Jose Barracuda. “We can’t wait to show off our brand-new state-of-the-art facility and our world-class city to AHL and hockey fans around the globe.”
“San Jose is proud to welcome all of the incredibly talented players to the 2024 AHL All-Star Classic,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “On behalf of our entire city, I look forward to celebrating the game, players, and thousands of rabid hockey fans who will be in San Jose for this marquee event at the brand-new Tech CU Arena at Sharks Ice and offer a huge thanks to our very own Barracuda for hosting the event.”
“The San Jose Sports Authority is thrilled to partner with the Barracuda to bring some of hockey’s best young prospects to Tech CU Arena for the 2024 AHL All-Star Game,” said John Poch, executive director of the San Jose Sports Authority. “South Bay hockey fans will have the opportunity to see their third professional all-star game in San Jose, following the NHL’s midseason classic at the SAP Center in 1997 and 2019. We look forward to welcoming the AHL into our incredible hockey community, and we are very excited to bring our celebration of hockey’s best young talent to San Jose. We look forward to working with the Barracuda over the next 21 months to put together a world-class event.”
Further details on this special AHL event, such as entertainment and other fan experience events during the two days leading into the AHL All-Star Classic, will be released at a later date. For event ticket information, fans can contact the San Jose Barracuda at sjbarracuda.com/allstar.
Tech CU Arena is the crown jewel of a 200,000-square-foot expansion of the Sharks Ice at San Jose public skating facility that will become the new home of the Barracuda next season. The venue is scheduled to open this August in time for the start of the 2022-23 season. A multi-level, multi-purpose arena, Tech CU Arena will include locker rooms, training facilities and executive office space for the Barracuda, an in-arena video board and LED display, 12 premium suites, eight loge boxes, one theatre suite, a 46-person party deck, three bar locations including one at ice level, seven food concession stations, a press room and press box and two team merchandise stores.
The first major event at Tech CU Arena will be the 2022 Rookie Faceoff, an annual tournament facing the top NHL prospects from teams in the Pacific Division (San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Vegas) and two from the Central Division (Arizona and Colorado). The 2022 Rookie Faceoff will take place Sept. 16-19, 2022. This past year’s tournament which was hosted by the Coyotes featured several players who appeared in games for the Sharks last year including Jasper Weatherby, Ryan Merkley, Santeri Hatakka, Scott Reedy, Adam Raska and Artemi Kniazev.
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