The San Jose Sharks will host the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement on Saturday, prior to the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena, that the League will hold its midseason showcase event at SAP Center.

"We're looking forward to bringing the All-Star festivities back to San Jose for the first time since 1997," Commissioner Bettman said at a media availablity.

The All-Star Skills Competition will take place Jan. 26 followed by the All-Star Game on Jan. 27.

"It's very big for San Jose to land the All-Star Game simply for our fans," Sharks president John Tortora told "I've been with the Sharks now for seven years, and so many fans come up to me and still talk about the 1997 All-Star Game. The SAP Center opened in 1993, so to bring the game back after 22 years is long overdue and it's primarily for our fans to celebrate the great game of hockey."

Tortora said the Sharks were informed of the NHL's decision to award the event to San Jose earlier this week. He said the Sharks' business operations staff is in the process of developing a vision for the layout for all of the events, including The Pregame, the NHL's three-day free fan fest, which requires a lot of space for all of the activities.