When the NHL’s New Jersey Devils visit Northridge, the arena’s ‘fantastic’ can’t hold it against them


— A week after the NHL announced it would hold its first All-Star Game in Atlanta, the Atlanta area will finally get its first glimpse of the NHL All-Stars.

The NHL announced the All-stars would make their debut Friday at the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Hawks.

And the New Jersey team that has been making the rounds in the Atlanta market in recent days, won’t be the only team making its debut.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who will be leading the All Stars, said he’s excited about the prospect of the city hosting the NHL all-stars.

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to showcase our players and to showcase some of our talent,” Reed said.

“I think the fans are going to get a great experience.”

The All-star game is set to take place at a neutral site at the Atlanta Coliseum, home to the Atlanta Falcons.

The All-American Classic, scheduled to be held Dec. 12 at the New York Islanders arena, is set for Jan. 12 in New Jersey.