Canes will eventually host All-Star game

Updated: February 20, 2009, 8:12 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the Carolina Hurricanes will host the All-Star game. He just isn't ready to say when.

Speaking Friday before the Hurricanes faced Tampa Bay, Bettman offered his words as "a renewal of the commitment."

Local officials have taken care of most of the concerns the league had about Raleigh. The team's season-ticket base has been shored up, and additional luxury hotels and a convention center recently have been built.

The game was held in Montreal last month. There will not be an All-Star game next year because of the Winter Olympics.


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