Checkers goalie Leighton helps Western Conference win AHL All-Star skills competition

ALLENTOWN, PA – While the stars of the National Hockey League took part in today’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles, some of the brightest stars in the American Hockey League took part in the AHL All-Star Skills competition, which took place tonight at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and among them was Charlotte Checkers goaltender Michael Leighton, who would represent the Western Conference and helped them defeat the Eastern Conference by the final tally of 15-11 in tonight’s events.

Leighton returned to the Checkers just recently, after spending a couple of months with their parent club, the Carolina Hurricanes, and he would help clinch the victory for the Western Conference by stopping all five shots in the Breakaway Relay, which was the final event of the night, and earlier in the evening, Leighton would stop eight out of ten shots to tie Linus Ullmark from the Rochester Americans for the most shots by any goaltender in the Rapid Fire portion of the skills challenge, and in the Pass and Score competition, Leighton was credited with making one save on three attempts.

The AHL All-Star Classic will take place tomorrow night, with a three-on-three round-robin format between all four divisions in the American Hockey League, as Leighton will represent the Checkers in the Western Division, and the Checkers will open up the second half of the season on February 3rd in Tucson, where they will face the Tucson Roadrunners(Arizona Coyotes affiliate) to begin a brief two-game road trip, before coming back to Bojangles’ Coliseum on February 10th to take on the Stockton Heat(Calgary Flames affiliate) at 7:15 p.m.