Mike Sislo signs autographs after the 2016 AHL All-Star Skills Competition. (Photo: Scott Thomas)
SYRACUSE, NY — In case you don’t know the American Hockey League season is grueling. Not only does the schedule include 76, high-intensity games, but it also includes thousands of miles on a bus and many nights in hotel rooms.
It’s no surprise that when the All-Star break rolls around, players get away from the rink to recharge and prepare for the second half of the season.
“Even though you are here, it’s still hockey,” Danis said before Sunday’s Skills Competition. “It’s totally different. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere and guys are just here to have a good time. It’s for the fans also. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere. It still allows you to get away from he grind of the season.”
Danis has been through this before. He is making his third AHL All-Star appearance, while Sislo is — in a way — still figuring out how to get his much need rest.
“Obviously, it’s a new experience for me,” Sislo said. “I don’t know exactly what to expect, but I’m definitely going to try and enjoy myself, not take it too seriously and definitely get the much need rest that I do need.”
When Danis, Sislo and the rest of the Albany Devils return from break they will have 33 games to solidify their spot in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.