The Premier Hockey Federation’s All-Star Showcase has been relocated from Toronto to Buffalo’s Northtown Center, home of the Buffalo Beauts, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario, the league announced Wednesday.
“The All-Star Showcase is an important opportunity for our athletes to display their talent and skill, but also for our passionate fans to celebrate the very best in the PHF,” said PHF Commissioner Tyler Tumminia in a media release. “Given Ontario’s current restrictions … shifting the event across the border to Buffalo provides more clarity.”
The PHF said Toronto will now be scheduled to host next year’s event. Toronto originally was chosen as host this year to coincide with the expansion Toronto Six playing their first season at home.
The Six were established in 2020 but spent their first season with the league’s five other teams competing in a shortened schedule at Lake Placid, New York, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the cross border shift, Buffalo will become the PHF’s first two-time All-Star host after holding the 2016 inaugural event.
This year’s showcase will feature All-Stars split into three teams competing in a round-robin format, with the most goals determining the champion.
The showcase will continue on the same date and time: puck drop is Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
–With files from The Associated Press