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Carolina expected to host '11 All-Star Game

Apr 7, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for carolina.jpgThe News & Observer reports that the Carolina Hurricanes are likely to land the 2011 NHL All-Star game. Now, some mean people might ask “Why?” or make a Hartford Whalers joke, but I’m going to take the high road.

While the thought of attending an All-Star game (already a bit of a stale event, let’s face it) in Raleigh, N.C. isn’t thrilling, it seems fair enough. Few NHL cities provide a better example of the league’s southern U.S. expansion than the Carolina Hurricanes. On the rare occasion that they make a crazy playoff run, their building is often among the most rowdy arenas in hockey (at least for American teams).

Besides, they’ve never hosted an NHL All-Star game before, so it only seems fair. No word on whether or not Rory Fitzpatrick will make an appearance in the game, though.

  1. Chest - Apr 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Way to overlook DC for hosting this.

  2. Matt - Apr 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Phoenix gets screwed again.

  3. Dr. Freeze - Apr 7, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Why? Because Raleigh has a more developed, loyal, and enthusiastic fan-base than a lot of “Hockey Cities”. We have a great franchise that is supported well, and one that is gaining respect (albeit grudging respect) from other teams & cities in the league. Considering the fact that you say attending an All-Star game in Raleigh isn’t thrilling, I’d be willing to bet that the All-Star game & surrounding events will be MORE thrilling than some larger city where the event is just lost in a myriad of 1000 other events on that given week. Also consider that since 2002, Carolina has played in three playoff series, went to the ECF three times, won it twice, and won the Stanley Cup once. We’ll do well with this event. Really well. And probably a good bit better than most of the other teams in the league.

  4. Jason K - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    I’m excited for the league to finally pay attention to Carolina on a national level (never on any VS telecasts, but who watches VS, anyway?) but I also feel for the ‘Yotes fans, they seem to be getting hosed quite a bit this season.

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