BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Premier Hockey Federation is shifting its 2022 All-Star Showcase to Buffalo, New York, on account of COVID-19 restrictions in Toronto, which might have severely restricted the variety of followers having the ability to attend.
The All-Star Showcase continues to be scheduled to be performed on Jan. 29, the league introduced Wednesday. The PHF mentioned Toronto will now be scheduled to host subsequent yr’s occasion. Toronto initially was chosen as host this yr to coincide with the growth Toronto Six enjoying their first season at residence.
The Six have been established in 2020 however spent their first season with the league’s 5 different groups competing in a shortened schedule at Lake Placid, New York, as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Buffalo, which is residence to the Beauts, will change into the primary two-time host of the occasion. The metropolis was residence to the All-Star Game of the since re-named National Women’s Hockey League in its inaugural 2015-16 season. That first recreation was held in Buffalo’s downtown Harborcenter, whereas this yr’s recreation shall be performed on the multi-rink Northtown Center in suburban Buffalo.
This yr’s showcase will characteristic All-Stars cut up into three groups competing in a round-robin format, with probably the most objectives figuring out the champion.
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