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Triangle will host NHL All-Star Game next January

Posted April 7, 2010
Updated April 8, 2010

— The 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend will take place at Raleigh's RBC Center Jan. 29 and 30, the league commissioner announced Thursday.

“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,” the NHL's Gary Bettman said.

More than 1,000 fans of the Carolina Hurricanes gathered to hear Bettman say, "I have the answer you have been waiting for."

"You're known for doing your tail-gating and I'm pleased to give you and excuse to do even more."

He reassured the fans in attendance that Canes season-ticket holders would be able to purchase tickets to the All-Star Game, and he used the opportunity to encourage season-ticket purchases.

Canes owner Peter Karmanos had been outspoken about his desire to host the NHL’s showcase event, identifying it as one of his goals in building a hockey powerhouse in the Carolinas.

“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,” Karmanos said.

Bettman told the audience that the All-Star Game will bring increased publicity league-wide, nationally and internationally.

Perhaps more importantly, the festivities will mean a huge monetary boost for the team and the Triangle. "This will be as big as it gets in terms of economic impact," said Scott Dupree of the Raleigh Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

Bettman cited developments and improvements at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and in Raleigh's downtown among the lures of the area for visitors.

"This building, this organization, this community has known for a long time what we needed. It was just a matter of lining it all up," he said.

The Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators had also been bidding for the game.

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  • evenflow2005 Apr 9, 4:52 p.m.

    WHO CARES ABOUT HOCKEY//THIS IS BASKETBALL COUNTRY-OH I AM SORRY THIS IS BLUE DEVIL COUNTRY--THE... View More

    — Posted by wilkhow

    Who cares about Hockey ? You don't get out much do ya. Well, I was around about 20,000 screaming hockey fans last night that all had Hurricane Jersey's on.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Apr 9, 9:15 a.m.

    I can't wait. What the Triangle needs more than anything else is dozens of drunk Canadians taking up space and obstructing my commute to and from work.

  • ktstcanes Apr 9, 6:33 a.m.

    WHO CARES ABOUT HOCKEY//THIS IS BASKETBALL COUNTRY-OH I AM SORRY THIS IS BLUE DEVIL COUNTRY--THE... View More

    — Posted by wilkhow

    Go back to your HOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Apr 9, 6:02 a.m.

    This is great news for the Canes and all the fans. The spotlight will be on Raleigh and the Canes for this event. I'm sure the visitors will be happy with the accomodations and entertainment the Triangle can provide. This may not be "Hockey Town", but the Canes have a loyal following; they're a great organization and I'm glad to see them rewarded with this event. I hope Roddy is still wearing a Canes jersey next January.

    Great win last night for the Canes. Next season will be a lot better and the Canes will be play-off bound.

  • wilkhow Apr 8, 8:28 p.m.

    WHO CARES ABOUT HOCKEY//THIS IS BASKETBALL COUNTRY-OH I AM SORRY THIS IS BLUE DEVIL COUNTRY--THE HELL WITH HOCKEY

  • ktstcanes Apr 8, 8:24 p.m.

    YAWN!! Is it football season yet?!?

    — Posted by Boot-the-DC-Tyrant

    I'm sorry, what has the University of North Carolina GREENSBORO won lately?

    NADA, NOTHING, ZERO. Who are they anyway. I think they rank somewhere in the ranks of Wake Tech............

  • redistrumps Apr 8, 7:44 p.m.

    Heck just the announcement today has made tonight's game become a sell-out.
    GO CANES!!

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Apr 8, 4:27 p.m.

    YAWN!! Is it football season yet?!?

  • bleedscanesred Apr 8, 4:07 p.m.

    Amazing how many idiots come out of the woodwork just to urinate in everybody else's Wheaties. Small minds with nothing to entertain themselves except anonymous postings belittling others. Get a life!!! GO CANES!!!!

  • Hokies94 Apr 8, 4:07 p.m.

    Just read the title. That's all I need to read to know that this is great for the organization and will bring in some monies to the area. Go Canes.

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