Thompson, Whitney Help East In Skills Competition


The Eastern Conference has bragging rights … at least for 24 hours. The East defeated the West, 15-11, in the 2015 AHL All-Star Skill Competition Sunday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Paul Thompson and Joe Whitney, the Albany Devils representatives, each participated in three events. Thompson had a go at the accuracy shooting and Whitney skated in the puck control relay. They both competed in the pass and score event and the breakaway competition.

“It was a lot of fun for everyone involved,” Thompson said. “The players had a good time. They have a good group of fans here and it got loud at time, especially when Utica guys were going. It was the first time I’ve done anything like that and I enjoyed it. Seemed like the fans did too.”

Thompson and Whitney, who have a combined 73 regular-season points, teamed with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Derrick Pouliot for the 3-on-0 pass and score challenge. The line had three attempts, but failed to convert.

“It’s actually a pretty tough event,” Whitney said.”You don’t want to be the guy who takes the shot. Somebody has to shoot. Maybe we tried to be a little too unselfish and maybe cost our team some goals.”

“None of us set each other as best as we could,” Thompson said. “It didn’t go as planned, but I think it’s a little more difficult than it looks even though it sounds simple.”

Thompson and Whitney have played together for the majority of the regular season and are expected to share the ice during Monday’s 7 pm All-Star Game.

Whitney said: “”We are just looking forward to tomorrow, have some fun and put on a show for the fans.”


GE Kids In Free

ALBANY, NY – For the fifth consecutive year, the Albany Devils and GE will team up for “GE Kids In Free Day” at Times Union Center. This season’s event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 when the Devils host the Worcester Sharks at 2 pm. All children 12-and-under will receive free admission when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

“We are extremely thrilled to partner with GE to once again invite all kids of the Capital Region to Times Union Center,” said Albany Devils CEO Christopher Ciceri. “Every year there is an overwhelming sense of youthful excitement in the arena for this game. Thanks to GE, this is one of the highlights of our season.”

The first 1,000 kids to arrive will receive a GE sponsored, Devils t-shirt. Children will be the focus of the day with a wide array of activities targeted at the youth during breaks in the action. The game will also feature a birthday celebration for the team’s mascot, Devil Dawg.

GE is among the largest private-sector employers in the Capital Region, with more than 7,000 employees helping to power, move, build and cure the world. The “GE Kids In Free Days” series of events is part of the company’s broad-based community sponsorship program in communities where the company does business and its employees live.


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