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Cancellation is a serious blow to fans, host city

Updated: November 4, 2004, 11:45 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Few hockey purists will bemoan Wednesday's announcement that the NHL has canceled the 2005 All-Star Game in Atlanta.

Players selected for the annual event often begged off participating, citing sudden medical maladies or family commitments, preferring a midseason rest to a midseason weekend of glad-handing and signing autographs. Those who showed up often appeared disinterested. During the 2001 event in Denver, Pavel Bure left the game -- as well as the Pepsi Center and the city -- during ...

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