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Hurricanes will host next season's All-Star game

The Carolina Hurricanes will host next season's NHL All-Star game.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Thursday that the league's decision "is a testimony to the strength of the market, the strength of the franchise and, above all, the enthusiastic support" of the Hurricanes ' fans.

The franchise hosted the 2004 NHL draft. It's the second all-star game for one of the four major team sports to be played in North Carolina. Charlotte hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star game.

The NHL game will be played Jan. 30, 2011, at the RBC Center.