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Bettman: Chicago “on the radar” to host All-Star Game

Feb 17, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

According to a report from ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers, the NHL All-Star Game might be coming to the Windy City.

“[The Blackhawks] expressed interest in another All-Star Game, and the draft too, but more the All-Star Game,” league commissioner Bettman said Thursday. “We don’t generally go that far out [in scheduling], but [Chicago is] on the radar screen.”

This would be a big get for Chicago, which hasn’t hosted an NHL All-Star Game since 1991 at the old Chicago Stadium. Three Blackhawks (Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane) were selected to participate in the 2012 ASG in Ottawa and four made it the year before (Toews, Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp), so it’s understandable that Chicago wants to land the game.

That said, it’s not like Chicago has been bereft of marquee events lately. The 2009 Bridgestone Winter Classic was held at Wrigley Field and three of the six 2010 Stanley Cup finals games were played at the United Center.

There is no formal date for announcing where the next All-Star Game will be played, though Bettman did announce Columbus was getting the 2013 event while in Ottawa for ASG weekend.

  1. brucewaynewins - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I want to go to the All Star game in Cbus because I live in Cincinnati and its as close it’s ever going to get to me but I really really really want to go to the Winter Classic in Michigan. I can’t see myself doing both unless I get this new job.

    I bet Chicago would make a great host for the All Star game. I’d love to see them get it. I think they should be a part of an upcoming Winter Classic while they still have that core together.

    Hate Bettman all you want but him adding the Winter Classic has turned out to be genius. It brings a ton of media attention and people watching it. It’s seemed to have boosted the ratings for the regular season games a little as well.

    Now just move Phoenix to Seattle.

  2. Vintage Hockey Barn - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Wouldn’t it be great to see the all star game in Chicago coming off another cup win.

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