Montreal to host '09 All-Star Game

Updated: January 23, 2007, 6:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The NHL Board of Governors on Tuesday approved Montreal as the site of the 2009 All-Star Game, an event that will come during the season when the Canadiens celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Montreal has hosted a league-high 13 All-Star Games, but the last was in 1993.

"We've very, very happy to have been appointed the All-Star Game," Canadiens president Pierre Boivin told the Canadian Press. "It's going to be our centennial year and we said from the beginning that we want to do everything so that Montreal really becomes hockey-centric and that it'd be a year of celebration of not only the franchise but or our national sport and our great game and all of its heroes."

Toronto hosted Canada's last All-Star Game in 2000, when the World team beat the North American team 9-4.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.