The National Hockey League was hoping to put together another World Cup of Hockey in 2024, but with certain global conflicts coming into play the league has put a stop to those plans for the time being. That has left the league with a void to fill in their calendar and it sounds like we can expect to see that void filled by the 2024 NHL All-Star Game.
On Saturday night during Hockey Night in Canada, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman expressed his belief that a number of Canadian teams were interested in bringing the All-Star Game back north of the border. Friedman mentioned 3 teams in particular, seemingly as potential frontrunners among the Canadian franchises.
"I think there is some Canadian interest," said Friedman on HNIC. "Edmonton's got a new building, Montreal loves to host events although they've just had the draft, but I do wonder about Toronto."
Friedman added that he would not be surprised to see Toronto bid on the 2024 NHL All-Star Game.
"I think Toronto's interested and they are a potential bidder."
Friedman's co-host on the segment Jeff Marek appeared to echo his sentiments, indicating that Toronto missing out on the World Cup of Hockey would likely make them among the favorites to land the upcoming All-Star Game.
"I think one of the reasons why Toronto makes a lot of sense, this was supposed to be one of the anchor cities for the World Cup of Hockey," added Marek.
The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will be hosted in sunny South Florida this year and according to Marek there is a feeling in the NHL that after a few years of warm weather All-Star Games, the league will be taking it back towards colder climates.