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St. Louis Blues Will Host 2020 NHL All-Star Game

The official announcement came from the NHL during the 2019 Winter Classic.

January 01, 2019 - 12:32 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Blues and Enterprise Center will host the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. The official announment came during the 2019 Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

The 2020 All-Star Game will be the third time St. Louis hosts the game, joining the 1970 and 1988 games at the Old Arena.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettan has visited Enterprise Center after multiple stages of upgrades twice in 2018. In February he wasn't shy about predicting St. Louis as a soon-to-be host of a NHL All-Star Game: 

The All-Star Game has changed quite a bit since the Blues last hosted.

Instead of a full-length, 5-on-5 game between two teams, the NHL now has a 3-v-3 tournament, with each of the four divisions getting its own team. The two Eastern Conference divisions play a 20-minute game, followed by a 20-minute game between the Western Conference divisions . The winners of those two games meet in a championship game with the winning team splitting a $1 million prize.

Enterprise Center still has one phase remaining of a three-phase, $150 million renovation plan. Upgrades have already included a new video board, new lighting, a new sheet of ice, new all-exclusive theatre box seating section, and every seat at Scottrade Center will be replaced.

Bettman has often praised the work done by Blues chairman Tom Stillman, president Chris Zimmerman and the entire ownership group that took over the Blues in 2012. 

"The strength of this franchise has never been greater," Bettman says. "Not just the franchise itself or its competitiveness on the ice, but its roots in the community, the stability, the ability to have the resources for success.

"This is a world-class city with great sports fan, I don't think it's a coincidence that the Cardinals typically lead the league in attendance and this (Blues) franchise as well. They play in a big building with exciting fans and the team's performance reflects the energy that you are seeing here."

The 2019 All-Star Game will be hosted by San Jose, but the 2021 hosts have not yet been announced.

Here is the full announcment from the St. Louis Blues: 

(Jan. 1, 2019) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today the city of St. Louis and the Blues will host the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend from Jan. 24-26 at Enterprise Center.  2020 will mark the third time St. Louis has hosted NHL All-Star activities, joining 1988 and 1970 which were both held at the St. Louis Arena.  St. Louis has been awarded the NHL All-Star Game just two years after hosting another one of the NHL’s premier events, the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.  In addition, the NHL announced the locations and dates for the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™, 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and 2020 NHL Stadium Series™ planned for the 2019-20 NHL season. All the events were officially announced today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

“This is a great day for not only Blues fans, but for the city of St. Louis,” said Blues Chairman Tom Stillman.  “Our city, our great fans and our corporate partners have shown tremendous loyalty to the Blues since the team’s inception in 1967 and landing a major event such as the NHL All-Star Game is a testament to their relentless passion and support.”

The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will include the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ and the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. All-Star Weekend will feature various hockey-themed events, entertainment and activities. 

"We're extremely excited to be hosting the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis," said Blues President and CEO of Business Operations Chris Zimmerman. "The support we have received from the City of St. Louis, coupled with ongoing investments from the Blues' ownership group, have facilitated the dramatic transformation of Enterprise Center and were critical to winning the bid for our first NHL All-Star Game since the building opened in 1994."

The 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ will feature the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask., on Oct. 26. The NHL Heritage Classic™ returns to the NHL regular-season schedule after games in 2016 in Winnipeg, 2014 in Vancouver, 2011 in Calgary and 2003 in Edmonton. The game will be the second regular-season outdoor contest for both the Flames and Jets.

The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Dallas Stars at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 1, 2020. It will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Stars. The game continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year, with the 2020 edition marking the 12-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic® in Buffalo. Dallas’s opponent for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be announced at a future date.

The 2020 NHL Stadium Series™ will visit the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the Colorado Avalanchewill play host on Feb. 15. It will be the second regular-season outdoor game for the Avalanche. The 2020 NHL Stadium Series™ will mark the second time the NHL has brought a regular-season outdoor game to a U.S. service academy following the Washington-Toronto NHL Stadium Series™ matchup at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. in 2018. Colorado’s opponent for the 2020 NHL Stadium Series™ will be announced at a future date.

Additional details relating to the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™, 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend and 2020 NHL Stadium Series™, including ticketing and broadcast information, will be released at a future date. Dates and locations for additional NHL events taking place during the 2019-20 season will be announced when available. Fans can sign up for news and information on all of the NHL’s events at www.NHL.com/events.

This season, the Sharks and the city of San Jose will host the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 25-26, which will include the SAP NHL All-Star Skills™ on Friday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, when the Philadelphia Flyers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. ET (NBC, TVAS2).