In 2019, Tatarstan will host a big hockey party: in the second half of January, the best players from the KHL, JHL, and WHL, under the guidance of star coaches, will battle to find out whose team is better: Eastern or Western conference. Moreover, KHL and WHL players will confront themselves in individual battles.
The first KHL All-Star Game was held in 2009 on the Moscow Red Square. Then, the event visited Minsk (2010), St. Petersburg (2011), Riga (2012), Chelyabinsk (2013), Bratislava (2014), Sochi (2015), Moscow (2016), Ufa (2017), and Astana (2018).
In 2017, for the first time, the event was organized with the current format: The All-Star Week included the KHL All-Star Game and Skill Show, the JHL Challenge Cup, and the first-ever WHL All-Star Game. More than 30,000 spectators enjoyed spectacular on-ice battles and impressive records. The same format returned in 2018: the hospitable Astana for a week become the hockey capital for three leagues, whose best representatives fought for being the best in front of the fans of the Barys Arena.
In 2019, the All-Star Week will have an even wider displacement, as events are scheduled in different venues in Tatarstan. The Republic is a hockey hotbed and events will happen in three cities: Kazan, Nizhnekamsk, and Almetyevsk. The fun begins in Nizhnekamsk on January 12 and 13 with the JHL and WHL games. Kazan hosts the KHL Skill Show on Jan. 19 and the All-Star Game the following day. Throughout the week, parallel events will take place in Almetyevsk.