Laval denied chance to host AHL all-star event for second straight year due to COVID

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LAVAL, Que. — The American Hockey League's All-Star Classic scheduled for early next year in Laval, Que., has been cancelled due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 6-7 at Place Bell, home of the Laval Rocket. The team is the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.

It's the second straight year the all-star event has been scrapped after being scheduled to take place in Laval. The 2021 All-Star Classic was postponed after the start of the 2020-21 AHL season was delayed until Dec. 4, 2020 due to concerns over the pandemic.

AHL president and chief executive officer Scott Howson said he is committed to bringing the All-Star Classic to Laval in the future.

The last AHL all-star game to be held in Canada was in 2014 at the Mile One Centre in St. John's, N.L.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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