The Pittsburgh Penguins announced this afternoon that the team has officially made a bid for the 2011 NHL All Star Game.
The organization has not hosted an All-Star game since 1990, when Mario Lemieux scored four goals to earn the games M.V.P.
Penguins President David Morehouse made the announcement. “The new Consol Energy Center will give us the opportunity to bring many such events to Pittsburgh,” president David Morehouse said.
“We think it can help make Pittsburgh a destination for big national and regional events.”
“We’re excited by the opportunity to bid for the 2010-11 NHL All-Star weekend and believe we have made a strong proposal to the NHL,” Morehouse added.
In late June, Inside Pittsburgh Sports first reported that team officials coveted the 2011 game, if the Phoenix Coyotes were to relocate.
The 2011 All-Star Game is tentatively scheduled to be hosted by the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz.
The Ottawa Senators are the front runners for the 2012 game, while Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Chicago and Columbus expressed interest this summer in the 2011 and 2013 game.