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Report: Kings interested in hosting 2017 All-Star Game

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Report: Kings interested in hosting 2017 All-Star Game

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L.A. previously played host to the event in 2002 and 1981. The Kings want the All-Star Game as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The L.A. Kings have put in a bid to host next season’s All-Star Game, according to Jon Rosen.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman also reported on the Kings’ interest in hosting the event.

The Kings last played host to the All-Star Game during the 2001-02 season. Los Angeles was also the site of the the 33rd All-Star Game in 1981.

Rosen reports the Kings are interested in the 62nd All-Star Game as it coincides with their 50th season. As Rosen notes, the Maple Leafs franchise will celebrate their 100th season next year and could also be interested in the event.

Outside of the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2014 Stadium Series game, the last league event the Kings played host to was the 2010 NHL draft.

The Nashville Predators will play host to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 31.

For the first time, this season’s All-Star Game will feature a 3-on-3 format.

The new format will divide the game into three 20-minute games, with players from each division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.

Each team will be made up of 11 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders. The Central Division will face the Pacific Division and the Atlantic Division face the Metropolitan Division in the two semi-final games.

The winners of each semi-final game will play each other in the All-Star Game Final to determine the overall champion.

A $1 million prize will be paid to the tournament's winning team.

The All-Star skills competition will take place on Jan. 30.

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Report: Kings interested in hosting 2017 All-Star Game