Kyle Hood, Brad Fain, Duane Lewis, Marco Pietroniro, Ed Lepordo
and Tyler Butler with the CHL All-Star Game flag
As the Arizona Sundogs got ready to face the Mississippi RiverKings on Friday March 4th, a major announcement was made on the ice just prior to the singing of the national anthem. In conjunction with Central Hockey League, the team announced that the Sundogs, Tim's Toyota Center and the city of Prescott Valley, Arizona will play host to the 2012 CHL All-Star Game.
Sundogs' co-owner Brad Fain, co-owner and Interim President Ed Lepordo, and Head Coach and General Manager Marco Pietroniro were presented with a CHL All-Star flag by CHL Commissioner Duane Lewis. The All-Star Game logo, jerseys, date, and additional information will be unveiled at a later time.
"On behalf of the entire League, we are excited to have the Arizona Sundogs host the 2012 CHL All-Star Game," said Lewis. "The detailed presentation they made to the League Office outlined some exciting plans for the Game and the surrounding events. Next season will be the 6th season of Sundogs' hockey in the Northern Arizona community, and we know ownership and the front office will do a great job as hosts to all of those involved in the Game."
"We're thrilled to be selected as the host of the 2012 Central Hockey League All-Star Game," said Lepordo. "We'd like to thank Duane Lewis and the entire Central Hockey League staff for the privilege to host such a prominent event. We're very much looking forward to the opportunity of showcasing the Arizona Sundogs, Tim's Toyota Center and the Town of Prescott Valley to the rest of the Central Hockey League, its member teams and their fans. Past teams have done a tremendous job hosting the All-Star Game and I'm certain we're going to continue that tradition."