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Columbus’ mayor would like to know when they’re getting the All-Star Game back

Mar 3, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

2013 NHL All-Star Game logo

One of the unfortunate casualties of the NHL lockout was the All-Star Game in Columbus being canceled. While some don’t care for the mostly annual event, Ohio’s capital city was looking forward to hosting their first marquee NHL event since the 2007 draft.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, the mayor of Columbus would like to know when, exactly, they’ll be getting their opportunity to host the All-Star Game.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman sent a letter to the league asking for the league to let them know if they have answers for their worries because they’d like to have the city prepared in advance. Getting things like hotels and convention centers booked and set aside in advance is kind of important.

Portzline notes the issue with wanting answers now is that the question over NHL participation in the Olympics in 2014 has yet to be answered and the league may have already picked out Toronto to host the 2015 All-Star Game on the sly. Making the city wait til 2016 seems a bit cruel, but it’s not unprecedented.

The 2005 All-Star Game that was wiped out by the lockout that season was supposed to be held in Atlanta but they didn’t get a make-up game until 2008. The same sort of interruption thanks to the Olympics in 2006 also happened then. Perhaps by 2016 the Blue Jackets might have all-stars of their own to tout.

  1. polegojim - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Mr. Mayor – maybe a legit ‘financial’ question… but how about first pressuring the team to put a winner on the ice, eh?

    Columbus fans deserve it.

    #30… yet again.

  2. steelers88 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Mayor of Columbus to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman when do I get the All-Star game back in Columbus? Bettman: Close your eyes son what do you see? Mayor: Nothing. Bettman: Exactly.

  3. 950003cups - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Bettman has just publicly informed the city of Columbus that the NHL has agreed in principle to plan an All Star game there to be scheduled during the next lockout.

  4. scoops1 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    have the all-star game at the end of the season

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I still think it was best as the Grand Opening for the new season each year. And with the Stanley Cup champs hosting (or at least playing them if you want to rotate the venues) the All-Stars from the rest of the NHL. But with the modern reality of the best players being multi-million dollar investments who the teams don’t wish to see injured in an exhibition game, I don’t see any way to make the actual game come very close to resembling real hockey. Perhaps if the players on the losing team have to pay travel costs for the winners?

  5. jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    when are the fans going to get back the 109 days of no hockey?

  6. soj83 - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Columbus with the All Star game could be historical. Has a team that hosted the game ever had zero representatives?

  7. seawurd - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Never coming back to yo guys. Let it go. The BJs BLOW !!

  8. csilojohnson - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    The NHL ask star game is a lot better then the pro bowl. They should just scratch the game. Keep the skills comp.

  9. mnwildfan15 - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    When they make the playoffs

  10. badintent - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    When my hommie went to Dayton U, Dayton and Columbus led the nation in …………….STDs . All star hookers !

  11. sporkov - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    It will be a while. Phoenix is still waiting after losing the All-Star game to the last lock-out. At least Phoenix puts a winning team on the ice, even if we can’t find an owner.

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