The rumours have been confirmed.

The Ottawa Senators will host the NHL All-Star Celebration at Scotiabank Place in 2012, Sens owner Eugene Melnyk announced here yesterday.

The event, which will showcase the NHL’s top players, is “a once-in-a-lifetime, weekend-long celebration of all that is great about hockey, the NHL and our city,” said Melnyk.

The event will fill more than 7,000 hotel rooms and bring $30 million in economic activity to local businesses, said Melnyk. “It means we’ll take centre stage in the hockey world ... this event will be seen in over 150 countries around the world.”

“We know this great venue and this city are more than well equipped to handle this marquee event,” said National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman.