The Blues have hosted two NHL All-Star Games - one in 1970, and one 18 years later in 1988. The 1988 game is most noted for Mario Lemieux’s six point night and overtime game winner to give the Wales Conference the 6-5 victory over the Campbell Conference.
Since then, however, the Blues haven’t hosted an All-Star Game. It’s been over 30 years, and cities who no longer have teams (waves hi from Atlanta) have hosted games. The San Jose Sharks, who entered the NHL three years after the Blues hosted the game, will have hosted two All-Star Games since.
One of the reasons so many rounds of renovations have been done and continue to be done on the Enterprise Center is to ensure that the Blues and St. Louis are able to put in bids for major events. The city missed out on the World Juniors a few years ago, but they impressed Commissioner Gary Bettman enough during the 2017 Winter Classic that he hinted in October that the Blues may be getting an All-Star Game soon.
Lo and behold, the Commish is a man of his word:
The Blues will host the 2020 NHL All-Star Game @Enterprise_Cntr, league sources have told @TheAthleticSTL.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 27, 2018
There hasn’t been an official announcement yet - that will probably come closer to the 2019 All-Star Game - so keep your ears peeled. If everything pans out, it proves Tom Stillman and those championing the renovations right. The All-Star Game will be an economic boon to the city and metro area.
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