SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds announced on Thursday that defenseman MacKenzie Weegar will head to the 2017 American Hockey League All-Star Classic. Weegar will represent the Thunderbirds on the AHL Atlantic division team. The event will be held on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Weegar has played in 21 games for the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 season. He leads the Thunderbirds leads the team in goals with seven and has five assists. Weegar scored seven goals in 62 games during the 2015-16 campaign for the Portland Pirates before they relocated to Springfield.
Fans will always remember Weegar scoring the game-winning goal at the Thunderbirds home opener against the St. John’s Ice Caps in overtime back on October 23rd in front of a sellout crowd.
Weegar is the cousin of longtime NHL defenseman Craig Rivet. Weegar played in 123 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring 20 goals and having 83 assists. He won the Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads back in 2013.
Weegar will take part in the two-day event with the AHL All-Star Skills competition taking place on Sunday night January 29th at 7:30 P.M. The skills competition will have the two Eastern and Western Conferences divisions take part in a total of seven events.
The AHL All-Star game will take place the on Monday night starting at 7:00 P.M. It will be a three-on-three round-robin tournament. It will have six games with 10 minutes of play in each game. The two teams that have the best record at the end of the round-robin will play in six-minute game that will have the players play three-on-three.
The Thunderbirds will be back in action tonight for a home and home series with the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The Thunderbirds will be back on home ice on Saturday when they face the Bruins at 7:05 P.M. Rene Rancourt will sing the National Anthem at the game on Saturday.