Before the NHL paused the 2019-20 NHL season, they announced that on January 30th 2021, the Florida Panthers are going to host the 2021 NHL All Star Game and potentially not have the All Star Game in 2021 because of a likely shortened season. In 2022, there will be the Winter Olympics and NHL players will participate in the Olympics. Here are my top 3 cities that could host the 2023 NHL All Star Game.
First city that came into mind is Miami. If the 2021 NHL All Star Game is lost, then Florida has a good chance of hosting the All Star Game in 2023. What this reminds me of is the situation where Columbus was supposed to host the All Star Game in 2013, but unfortunately, the NHL announced a lockout and didn't have a game. In 2014, due to the Winter Olympics and the NHL players participation, there also was no game. However, Columbus earned the All Star Game in 2015.
The second city of my choice is Raleigh, NC. Yes, they hosted the All Star Game in 2011 but why not do it again in 2023. The Carolina Hurricanes are a team that has been struggling to become a playoff contender for almost 10 years, and their management has finally built a team with loads of young talent. Carolina could be considered to be a Stanley Cup Final team.
The third city is Denver, Colorado. This is an interesting one because the Colorado Avalanche is a team that has a fantastic young talent with Cale Makar, Conor Timmins, Ryan Graves, Sam Girard, J.T. Compher, Mikko Rantanen, Gabe Landeskog and Nathan Mackinnon. The last time that Colorado hosted the All Star Game was in 2001. So, I think it will be awesome if Colorado hosted the All Star Game in 2023.