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WHAT:                      A special youth hockey clinic will be presented by prominent NHL alumnus Willie O’Ree and former Eastern Hockey League Atlantic City Seagull Art Dorrington in promotion of this year’s AHL All-Star Classic which will take place on January 29 and 30 at Boardwalk Hall. The clinic participants, comprised of students from the Atlantic City based Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation, will learn hockey techniques as well as skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship and commitment which they will be able to practice both on and off the ice. The event is free of charge and will be open to the public.


Prior to the start of the clinic, in recognition and appreciation to Dorrington’s allegiance to the community and hockey career, Boardwalk Hall will rename the building’s ice rink in his honor. The dedication of the “Art Dorrington Ice Rink” at Boardwalk Hall, which includes a proclamation from Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford, will also be part of the day’s festivities.  During the past thirteen years, Dorrington has been very active in his not-for-profit organization, The Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation, which was created as a means to assist the underprivileged youth in Atlantic City by teaching them life skills through the game of hockey.    


WHERE:                   Boardwalk Hall

                                    2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

WHEN:                      3:30 p.m.- Media interviews with Dorrington and O’Ree

                                    4:00 p.m.- Hockey clinic and recognition program to begin




ADDITIONAL          This year marks the debut of the AHL All-Star Classic at Boardwalk Hall.

INFORMATION:     The two-day event, consisting of the AHL All-Star Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game, will be held on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30.  In December, Philadelphia Flyers legends Bill Barber and Bob Clarke were announced as honorary captains for this year’s Classic. Both men will stand on the team benches and will be recognized for their careers at the annual AHL Hall of Fame Inductions & Awards Ceremony. Playing captains for the upcoming event include Boyd Kane of the Hershey Bears and Darren Haydar of the Chicago Wolves. The 2012 edition is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Caesars Entertainment and the AHL.


Tickets for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800-736-1420 or at All-session tickets are priced at $52, $37, and $32. Single-session tickets are $12, $16, and $13 for Sunday’s Skills Competition and $31, $22, and $19 for Monday’s All-Star Game. Family four packs can also be purchased for only $79 and include four tickets, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks (must be purchased in advanced).  Ticket discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. For Group Sales call 609-348-7023.