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None Tampa hosting 2018 All-Star Game is ‘a little bittersweet’ for Steven Stamkos

on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:35 pm

For the second time in the their history, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be hosting an All-Star Game.

That’s great news for a non-traditional hockey market that has come a long way, but the fact that there’s an All-Star Game at all in 2018 means that NHL players won’t be heading to the Olympics.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is thrilled for the organization, but he didn’t hide his disappointment about NHLers not being able to go to South Korea next winter.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” Stamkos said, per the Tampa Times. “If there’s the Olympics, then the (All-Star Game) doesn’t come to Tampa, so it’s a double-edged sword. If it comes to the point where there’s no Olympics, I couldn’t think of a better place to host the game. We’ve proven the hockey market that we are, how great we are. I think it’d be a great time.”

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