Neal had previously booked a vacation, but he jumped on the opportunity to take part in the festivities, especially because the event is being held in the city he plays in.
“To be a part of this weekend is going to be amazing,” said Neal, per NHL.com.
“Nashville is such a great place to live and a great place to play,” he said. “I love being a part of this team and this organization. Having my family and everybody in town, I’m just going to enjoy it and have fun with it. It’s a great weekend and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The 28-year-old might not be having his best season, but he’s still on pace to score 30 goals in 2015-16. This is his second appearance in the All-Star game.
When it comes to non-traditional hockey markets like Nashville, having more players from your local team can only be seen as a positive.