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The National Hockey League’s 2020 All-Star weekend is coming to St. Louis.

The NHL announced during Tuesday’s Winter Classic that the All-Star game and corresponding events are scheduled to take place Jan. 24-26, 2020 at the Enterprise Center, which underwent renovations during the last two summers.

This would be the first time St. Louis has hosted the NHL All-Star Game since 1988. The city also hosted the 1970 game.

“This is a great day for not only Blues fans, but for the city of St. Louis,” Blues Chairman Tom Stillman said in a news release. “Our city, our great fans and our corporate partners have shown tremendous loyalty to the Blues since the team’s inception in 1967, and landing a major event such as the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game is a testament to their relentless passion and support.”

The weekend also will include the NHL All-Star Skills competition along with various hockey-themed events, entertainment and activities, according to the Blues website.

St. Louis hosted the Major League Baseball All Star Game in 2009 as well as the PGA Championship in 2018.

“We’re extremely excited to be hosting the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis,” Chris Zimmerman, the Blues’ president and CEO of Business Operations said in a news release. “The support we have received from the City of St. Louis, coupled with ongoing investments from the Blues’ ownership group, have facilitated the dramatic transformation of Enterprise Center and were critical to winning the bid for our first NHL All-Star Game since the building opened in 1994.”

Ticket information for All-Star Weekend is set to be released at a later date. To sign up for game information, go to stlouisblues.com/allstar.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referendums.

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