There were several cities hoping to host next year’s spectacle, including Magnitogorsk, Yaroslavl and Krasnoyarsk. These, and others, took part in an extensive selection process organized by the league. The final decision was taken on the basis of a special KHL commission which evaluated each candidate according to 32 criteria, from the city’s infrastructure to the financial support available from the local authorities. The final assessment showed that Chelyabinsk most closely fulfilled the criteria. Representatives of the Chelyabinsk Region showed the greatest interest in hosting the event, and were best prepared to stage a showcase for our three leagues.
Chelyabinsk will be the fifth host of the All-Star Week in its current format. The show, which brings together the top players from the KHL, Junior Hockey League and Women’s Hockey League, starts on Jan. 8 2022 with the WHL All-Star Game. The next day sees the JHL’s Challenge Cup showcase, before the climax comes on Jan. 15 and 16 with the KHL Skill Show and All-Star Game.
Alexei Morozov, KHL President
— After nine years, the KHL All-Star Game is back in Chelyabinsk in a different, week-long format. Chelyabinsk has a special place in Russian hockey: here, everyone lives and breathes our favorite game and the town has given our nation countless famous players. Traktor continues to compete strongly in the KHL and the current transfer activity suggests it will be one of the favorites in the coming season, which can only intensify interest among the fans. This season also sees Traktor bring back a professional women’s team, while the Juniors are a force in their league and everything is in place to support kids’ hockey. The club and the region have assembled a strong hockey structure. We are grateful to the leaders of Chelyabinsk Region, and Traktor, for their desire and willingness to work with us and organize the KHL’s flagship event. I am sure that together we will produce a fantastic festival for all hockey lovers.