The Calgary Roughnecks will announce today they've been awarded the National Lacrosse League's 2005 all-star game. Roughnecks officials, Flames president Ken King and NLL commissioner Jim Jennings, who's flying in from New York, will make the announcement at a press conference at the Saddledome.
The Roughnecks made the bid for the all-star game in conjunction with the Flames, their landlord at the 'Dome.
No date for the game has been set yet.
The Toronto Rock was the only other team to make a bid for the 2005 event.
The NLL has held only three all-star games in the past, the most recent being this season in Denver on Feb. 22, hosted by the Colorado Mammoth. Held mid-season for the first time, it was considered a major success by the league, drawing 16,742 fans and being carried on national TV in Canada.
The 8-5 Roughnecks, currently second in the NLL's West Division with three games left to play, are in action this weekend in a pair of tilts. They host the Rock at 8 p.m. tomorrow night at the 'Dome and play in San Jose the following evening.