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Pittsburgh to host the 2017 NWHL All-Star Weekend

The National Women's Hockey League is taking its All-Star Weekend out of market this season. The second-year league will hold its mid-season event near Pittsburgh Feb. 11-12.

Last season the inaugural All-Star weekend was held in HarborCenter in Buffalo. The NWHL does not have a team in Pittsburgh. It's four teams are in Buffalo, New York, Boston and Connecticut.

All of the weekend events will be held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art practice facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Cranberry Township, located 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

"Our goal has been to grow our footprint outside of our markets so the elite athletes of the NWHL can demonstrate their amazing talents before new crowds," NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan said in a statement. "Since we started the league last year, we have received a lot of support from woman’s hockey fans in Pittsburgh, so taking our All-Star Game there was a natural choice and we’re thrilled about it."

Amanda Kessel of the New York Riveters and Kelley Steadman of the Buffalo Beauts will be team captains. Both have connections to Pittsburgh with Kessel's brother, Phil, playing for the Penguins while Steadman is the director of hockey operations at Robert Morris University.

"We’re excited to have the National Women’s Hockey League bring its showcase event to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex," David Morehouse, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins said in a media release. "Women’s hockey is growing rapidly both in Pittsburgh and across the world, and this will give our fans the chance to see some of the most talented players in North America and create new role models for aspiring players in the Pittsburgh area."

Details of the weekend, including the schedule, have yet to be announced but tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at nwhl.zone/tickets.

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