Tampa to host 2018 NHL All-Star weekend

- The National Hockey League has announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning and the city of Tampa will play host to the 2018 NHL All-Star weekend.

The weekend will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, January 27 and the All-Star Game on Sunday, January 28.

"In addition to the events on the ice, we're planning outside activities which will embrace the Tampa Bay community and Gasparilla events -- as well as the Florida sunshine," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "We know Jeff Vinik, the Lightning and AMALIE Arena will be outstanding hosts as the NHL family gathers for our mid-season showcase."

This is the second time Tampa will host the All-Star game. The last time was in 1999.

"We are thrilled to host the 2018 NHL All-Star Game at AMALIE Arena," said Jeff Vinik, Chairman and Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "We've worked hard over the past several years to transform Tampa Bay into a hockey market. The honor of hosting the All-Star game validates that work, but it's not the end of our efforts. We pledge to work alongside the NHL as well as leaders across Tampa Bay to deliver a world class experience for All-Star players, fans and partners."

Details for tickets and events have not yet been released.

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