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

Team PlanetUSA goalie Jaroslav Halak makes a save during first period action in the AHL All star Classic in Toronto, Monday Jan. 29, 2007. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

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.

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