The NHL announced Friday that the All-Star Game in Santa Clara, California, is not a holiday tradition.
The decision comes after the Santa Clara City Council voted 3-2 to keep the event on the schedule.
The All-Stars will play Friday at 6 p.m. in Santa Cruz, California.
“We understand the importance of this holiday tradition, but in the interest of protecting our community and the local economy, we have decided not to play this game this season,” NHL Vice President of Community and External Affairs Eric Boudreau said in a statement.
“We recognize that this decision is the result of many years of hard work and input from many stakeholders.
The city of Santa Cruz and the Los Angeles Kings, the NHL’s only team in the Pacific Division, were both opposed to the move.””
Santa Clara’s team will remain in Santa Barbara through the 2017-18 season and will return to Santa Cruz in 2019-20.”
The city of Santa Cruz and the Los Angeles Kings, the NHL’s only team in the Pacific Division, were both opposed to the move.
“It was a difficult decision for us, but the decision was the right one,” Mayor Kevin Harrington said in the statement.
“The NHL will always be the first choice for our fans and fans around the world, and we will continue to support this game to celebrate our diversity and our love of hockey.”
The Kings, who are owned by the NHL, have not played a Christmas game in the Western Conference since 1998.