On January 21, 2020, George Richards of The Athletic broke the news over Twitter that the Florida Panthers and the BB&T Center (likely under the Truist name in the near future) would host the 2021 NHL All-Star Weekend.
BREAKING: Florida Panthers to host 2021 NHL All-Star Game@TheAthleticMIA has learned from multiple sources that South Florida will be hosting hockey’s midseason classic for the second time, the first since 2003.@GeorgeRichards with the scoop: https://t.co/42NtRoN520 pic.twitter.com/JxlK385d3a— The Athletic Miami (@TheAthleticMIA) January 21, 2020
The National Hockey League is expected to make an official announcement during the All-Star festivities in St. Louis this upcoming weekend.
The last time the NHL All-Star Weekend was in South Florida was February 1-2, 2003. The format at that time pitted the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars. The West came out victorious when a 5-5 tie through regulation and overtime required the first ever All-Star Game shootout.
The NHL All-Star Game marks the second major NHL event that the Florida Panthers have hosted since Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu purchased the team in 2013, the other being the 2015 NHL Draft.
Please comment down below if you have memories of the last All-Star weekend in Sunrise and what you hope to experience when it returns in 2021 to South Florida.