TAMPA – The Vegas Golden Knights will host the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Monday ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
All-Star Weekend will be the first event of the NHL season hosted by the City of Las Vegas and the Golden Knights since their inaugural 2017-18 season.
The NHL has not hosted an All-Star Weekend this season due to COVID-19 concerns.
âIt’s very exciting to have the opportunity to host the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend at T-Mobile Arena,â said Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz. âThis is one of the premier events of the year for the League and we are thrilled to bring fans from around the world to Las Vegas to celebrate hockey. This event will also help continue our growth of the game in Nevada and our surrounding areas.
Commissioner Bettman also announced the NHL’s away games for the 2021-22 season.
The 2022 NHL Winter Classic takes place on January 1, 2022 at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the MLB Minnesota Twins. The 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series game will be played on February 26, 2022 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans.
Commissioner Bettman also said the NHL was planning to host a Tim Hortons Heritage Classic in March, but had no further details.
The date of the All-Star Game has not yet been announced, but it will be scheduled around the mid-season of the 2021-22 season. The All-Star Weekend will feature NHL All-Star Skills and the Honda All-Star Game, along with a variety of hockey-themed events and entertainment to be announced later.
The Minnesota Wild will face the St. Louis Blues in the Winter Classic. This game was originally scheduled to take place on January 1, 2021, but was postponed because the NHL season did not begin until January 13.
This will be the second regular season away game for each team since the NHL began its annual away game tradition in 2008.
âWe’re really happy to be back in this place after everything we’ve been through,â said Wild president Matt Majka. âI can’t begin to diminish the difficulty that so many of us have faced over the past year with the pandemic, and I feel like there is reason to be optimistic that we’re moving forward and that’s, I think, another indication of that. We ‘”I’m really delighted with that. I’d like to start quickly by thanking the NHL for giving us this event and a second chance. I really want to thank Dave St. Peter and his staff and the Minnesota Twins who have been good friends over the years and great partners in this event so far, and we are confident we will have a great event. together.”
Target Field will be the 10th MLB stadium to host an NHL outdoor game.
âI don’t want to be dramatic here, but I think for me it will be emotional to get there and see this building full, which I really believe will be,â said Majka. âI want to respect that there are still people coming back to a comfort level of being in bigger crowds, I respect that, but we are seeing it all over the country here, we are starting to see it and when I see it I think and dream about Target Field on January 1st and how great it would be for all of us. I’m really, really excited for the possibility that this presents. We have some work to do to make it happen, but I believe that with the people we are working with to make this happen, we will make it happen and it will be a big day for the state of hockey. â
The Lightning will play their first outdoor game when they face the hosts of the Nashville Predators in the Stadium Series game. Tampa Bay will be the 27th NHL team to compete in a regular season away game.
Nissan Stadium will be the 20th football stadium to host an NHL outdoor game, including the seventh to house an NFL team.
This will be the first outdoor game played in Nashville.
The Predators were the team on the road against the Dallas Stars in the 2020 NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
The NHL was originally scheduled to host a Stadium Series game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina this season, but it has been postponed. Commissioner Bettman said the NHL is still considering having an away game in Raleigh in the future.
“We will come back at some point,” said Commissioner Bettman. “It’s just a matter of timing, stadium logistics etc. But we were very excited to have an outdoor game in Carolina and will schedule another at some point.”