The Ontario Reign will be hosting the 2020 American Hockey League All-Star Classic at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The event will occur over a two-day period-- on Jan. 26 and 27, 2020, with the skills competition taking place on Jan. 26 and the challenge taking place on Jan. 27. In addition to the game, there will be an American Hockey League Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony on Jan. 27 preceding the best players in the league taking to the ice for this unique mini-tournament.
The AHL All-Star Challenge began in 2016. Players represent their respective divisions and play every division once. Games are 10 minutes long and it is a three on three format. The top two teams then play in a six-minute championship final.
This is the first time ever that the AHL All-Star Game will have been played in California. The first AHL All-Star Game took place in Cleveland in 1942 with the best from the Eastern Division playing the best in the Western Division. The next AHL All-Star Game would take place in 1954 with the former Calder Cup champion of the previous season playing a group of AHL All-Stars. That same format would be in existence until 1959. In 1995 and 1996, the best AHL players from Canada played the best AHL players from the United States, and from 1997-2010, the best AHL players from Canada played the best from the rest of the world.
In 2011, the format returned to an East/West battle and would be that format in 2012, 2013 and 2015. In 2014, a group of AHL All-Stars played Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.