TAMPA, Fla. – The, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Hillsborough County, the city of Tampa and Tampa Bay Sports Commission held a news conference Thursday to discuss the 2018 NHL All-Star weekend.
"You deserve this All-Star Game," Lightning owner Jeff Vinik told fans. "You have provided us this tremendous support. You have created one of the strongest franchises in the NHL."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joked that local officials promised him 75-degree weather and clear skies for All-Star Weekend.
On Monday, the NHL announced Amalie Arena will host the league’s 2018 all-star game and skills competition on Jan. 27 and 28.
Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Hagan and Tampa Bay Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins were on hand to speak about the 2018 all-star weekend on Thursday afternoon at Amalie Arena.
2017: CFP title game
2018: NHL All-Star Game (?)
2019: Women's Final Four
2020: March Madness
2021: Super Bowl
Not bad, Tampa. Not bad.— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) May 23, 2017
The 2018 NHL All-Star game will mark the second time Tampa will host the event. Tampa hosted the 1999 NHL All-Star game.
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The 2018 all-star game is also the same weekend as the historic Gasparilla Festival.