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Report: 2013 All-Star Game on verge of cancellation

Nov 19, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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If the NHL and NHLPA remain at a stand still and cancel the next set of games, the 2013 All-Star Game is likely to fall as well, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.

Portzline claims that the “axe could fall any day now.”

One would assume that tonight’s meeting would be one of the few things that could save the event for host city Columbus, which could gain approximately $12 million from the weekend festivities, according to Portzline.

(Portzline also points out that the event would give the Blue Jackets an opportunity to show off improvements to Nationwide Arena.)

Many expected the All-Star Game to be one of the first things to get canceled because of the lockout, but the 2013 Winter Classic ended up falling on Nov. 2. The NHL’s willingness to cancel that enormous event makes it clear that the All-Star Game could be nixed as well.

We might find out soon enough if it will be among the latest casualties if games are canceled through Dec. 15, as many anticipate.

  1. buffalo72 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    columbus has a team?

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Sorry for the folks in Columbus who stood to enjoy a fiscal boost, but I certainly would not miss the lame spectacle the All-Star Game has devolved into. Kids, you might not believe me but it really did use to resemble an actual hockey game, with defensemen actually trying to keep forwards from getting scoring chances. Seriously.

    • blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      onefortheroad – I completely agree. Good riddance to the All Star game I say ! It’s become almost embarrassing to watch, given the “lame” effort of play on the ice and the over-abundance of plastic and “artificial” promotion. Like you, I also recall back in the seventies when these games meant something and had some real cache. In fact I even remember one night in Montreal, when both Vachon and Dryden shared the honors of being the game’s 3rd star ! :)

    • valoisvipers - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      That was back in the days when the All stars played against the previous year’s Stanley Cup Champions.

  3. id4joey - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    From a hockey perspective, no big deal. However, this was an opportunity for economic gains for the city, and for the local crowd to get to meet the players. Ah! Well! They will enjoy the ASG next year.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    The All-Star game should have been cancelled before the Winter Classic.

  5. rainyday56 - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    ASG or no ASG,

    Puck drops Dec 3.

    • blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Friend … it appears that you know something that we don’t ? Would you care to explain this December 3rd date for us ?

      • rainyday56 - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:32 AM

        You’ll find out soon enough.

  6. thesneakysalamander - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    The game might stink but the skills competition can be pretty cool if they stop making the events so complicated

  7. tmoore4075 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    One the game stinks so wouldn’t be all that broken up by it. Although too bad for the city. Second, IF there is going to any season whatsoever, even if it starts December 7th I don’t want the all-star game. It would take up 3-4 days where hockey could be being played. Don’t make the season last longer than it already would.

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