NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced that the Los Angeles Kings will host the NHL All-Star game next season. The Kings will host the game at Staples Center, and Gettman made the announcement during his annual address during the All-Star weekend at the Music City Center.
The NHL went to a 3-on-3 event at this year’s All-Star game in Nashville, TN. Next year’s event will be held on Jan. 28th and 29th with the NHL skills competition being on the 28th and the game on the 29th.
Bettman said he awarded the game to the Kings because of its 50th anniversary. In addition, the Staples Center has helped transform downtown Los Angeles.
The Staples Center has been the home to the Kings along with the NBA‘s Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers since 1999. Since that facility was built, according to Bettman, it has changed the way people view downtown Los Angeles.
It’ll be the third All-Star game overall for the Kings. Their first All-Star game was in 1981 when they hosted the game at The Forum, which was the previous named The Great Western Forum and the home for the Kings before moving to the Staples Center.
“I lived in LA for 15 years and I went downtown once,” Luc Robitaille, the team’s President of Business Operations, said. “It’s amazing when you think about it. Then, we built Staples Center, people started coming downtown for the games, but now the way it is with LA Live, now you go downtown to go to dinner or you go downtown to see a movie. It’s completely changed the way people live in Los Angeles.”