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Atlanta, shuttered in '05, gets '08 All-Star Game

Updated: April 18, 2006, 9:43 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The NHL All-Star Game is coming to Atlanta.

The city was supposed to host the 2005 game, but the season was canceled because of the lockout. So, Philips Arena was awarded the league's midseason showcase in '08.

"This a bit of deja vu all over again," said NHL senior vice president Ken Yaffe, who made the announcement Saturday at a news conference before the Thrashers' final regular-season home game. "I thank the club for their patience in this process."

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