NEW YORK (April 8, 2010) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the selection of the Carolina Hurricanes and the city of Raleigh as hosts of the 2011 National Hockey League All-Star Celebration. The League’s mid-season spectacular will take place Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 and will include Honda NHL SuperSkills® and the 58th NHL All-Star Game at RBC Center.
The 2011 All-Star Game will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. It will be the fourth major NHL® event in North Carolina, as the Hurricanes hosted the Stanley Cup® Final in 2002 and 2006, and the NHL Entry Draft in 2004.
“The fact that this event has been awarded to the Hurricanes is a testimony to the strength of the market, the strength of the franchise and, above all, the enthusiastic support the ‘Caniacs’ show for their team,” said Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner. “The Hurricanes will provide the perfect showcase as the eyes of the hockey world focus on the Triangle, its fantastic arena and its truly outstanding hockey fans.”
“We are extremely pleased that the NHL has selected the Hurricanes to host the All-Star Game,” added Peter Karmanos Jr., owner of the Hurricanes. “This will be a very exciting event for ‘Caniacs’ to take part in, and I know the Triangle area will be a great host for the NHL and its star players.”
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game will feature various hockey-themed events, entertainment and activities. Further details on the 2011 NHL All-Star Celebration, including ticket and broadcast details, will be released at a later date.
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