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Report: NHL Exploring Idea Of Scrapping All-Star Game In Favor Of Overseas Event

There is a possibility that the NHL could stop holding the All-Star Game in favor of some sort of "event overseas," according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. The league feels there is a "real way to make an impact over in Europe." For the "first time, there's a real push to try and create a bigger vision, to do something all at the same time instead of one event here, one event there in China and Sweden." The NHL has "followed up on this" by recently hiring Jaka Lednik as Group VP/Int'l Strategy, where he will oversee the league's "European growth strategies." Johnston: "There’s a lot of different balls in play and more meetings are expected soon" (“Hockey Night in Canada,” Sportsnet, 10/14). NBCSPORTS.com's James O'Brien wrote the league "might just want to bring some sort of modified All-Star weekend overseas." It seems like this is "all in an early gestation period" (NBCSPORTS.com, 10/15).