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Carolina Hurricanes getting an NHL all-star game; announcement coming Thursday

The Carolina Hurricanes will soon host an NHL all-star game.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is scheduled to attend a news conference in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon for what the team called a “major” announcement. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said the team will host an all-star game at the RBC Center in one of the next three seasons, though he didn’t confirm which year.

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The franchise hosted the 2004 NHL draft and the area has since added more high-end hotel rooms and opened a new convention centre that the league had said were needed to attract the all-star game.