For the first time in the history of the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators and the city of Ottawa will host the 59th NHL All-Star Game. It has been announced via press conference that the capital of Canada will host the 2012 All-Star Game. This will be twice in three consecutive All-Star games that a Canadian team has hosted the event as the Montreal Canadiens hosted the game in 2009. The Carolina Hurricanes will be the host of next season’s All-Star Game in 2011.
At the same time, 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Senators returning to the NHL.
Only the cities of Anaheim, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbus, Ohio have not hosted an NHL All-Star Game. The New York Rangers haven’t hosted an All-Star game since 1994, the same year they won the Stanley Cup. That game also saw Mike Richter walk away as the game’s MVP.
On a side note: A reporter asked commissioner Gary Bettman if it is possible for Quebec City to garner an NHL team again with the rumor of a new arena being planned. Bettman responded that he’s following the story closely and if a new arena is built it would be a more serious thought. But he emphasized only if a new arena is built, as he will not allow a team to move back into the ancient Colisée de Québec.