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PHF Moves 2022 All-Star Showcase to Buffalo

The Premier Hockey Federation has moved the 2022 All-Star Showcase from Toronto to Buffalo in response to capacity restrictions by the Ontario government.
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The 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase is moving across the border. 

The PHF announced on Wednesday afternoon that the league has moved this year's All-Star event, originally scheduled to take place on Jan. 29 in Toronto, to Buffalo, as a result of the capacity restrictions put in place by the Ontario government. 

With a surge in COVID-19 cases ripping through the province due to the presence of the Omicron variant, the Ontario government has limited all sporting events to a maximum capacity of 1,000 spectators until at least Jan. 26. And with the All-Star Showcase set to kick off just three days after that unofficial reassessment deadline, the PHF would have had very little time to react to any possible restriction changes and therefore had no choice but to move the event to a location that can actually accommodate a large fan presence. 

As such, the host team has been changed from the Toronto Six to the Buffalo Beauts, with the event being held at the Beauts' home arena, Northtown Centre. 

The date and time of the All-Star Showcase have not been changed, however, as the puck is scheduled to drop at 5:30 PM EST on Jan. 29 as originally scheduled. 

Buffalo is now the first two-time host in league history, fulfilling those duties for the inaugural All-Star Showcase back in 2016. Eight members of the Beauts will participate in the game. 

Despite the change in location, the 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase is sure to be a can't-miss event. 

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