Atlanta Thrashers and City of Atlanta to Host 2008 NHL All-Star Celebration
56th NHL All-Star Game to take place Jan. 16, 2008 at Philips Arena; All-Star Celebration to include NHL’s SuperSkills Competition and NHL Young Stars Game on Jan. 15, 2008

The National Hockey League has selected the Atlanta Thrashers and the City of Atlanta as hosts of the 2008 NHL All-Star Celebration, which will take place from Jan. 15-16, 2008 , at Philips Arena. The 2008 Celebration, which features the Super Skills competition and Young Stars game on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and the 56th All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 16, will mark the first time Atlanta has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The Thrashers were scheduled to host the 2005 NHL All-Star Celebration, but the event was canceled due to a work-stoppage.

Atlanta was originally awarded the NHL All-Star festivities following a year-long bid process that was spearheaded by the Thrashers in conjunction with the City of Atlanta , the Atlanta Sports Council, and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Thrashers co-owner Bruce Levenson, President and CEO Bernie Mullin, and Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell will be joined by NHL Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Ken Yaffe in making today’s announcement.

As part of the announcement, it was revealed that Thrashers full season ticket holders for the 2006-07 season, will be given an opportunity to purchase All-Star Celebration ticket packages, with pricing information to be announced at a later date.

“We’re honored to be chosen to host this fun and exciting event featuring the NHL’s top players performing at one of the premier sports and entertainment venues, Philips Arena,” said Levenson.

“This is a special reward for our loyal Thrashers season ticket holders, fans, and sponsors and a terrific opportunity to showcase our great sport and the city of Atlanta .”

"We look forward with great anticipation to bringing this event to Atlanta ," said Yaffe. "The NHL All-Star Game showcases the greatest players in the world, and also brings a terrific and diverse line up of events and entertainment in celebration of the game."

The NHL All-Star Celebration is expected to provide an estimated $15-20 million dollar boost to the local economy. Approximately 7,000 hotel nights will be booked for NHL guests, with an expected 500 domestic and international media in attendance to cover the event. More than 180 countries and territories will watch the All-Star game on television.

Further details on the 2008 All-Star Game, including ticket information, will be released at a later date. For downloadable images of Philips Arena's grand entrance that spells “ ATLANTA ,” visit the online press kit section at www.PhilipsArena.com

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