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Bettman responds to Columbus mayor’s letter about NHL All-Star game

Mar 16, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

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Columbus was supposed to hold the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend, but the lockout cancelled that.

Now, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman is curious as to when the NHL will bring the extravaganza to the Nationwide Arena.

Coleman wrote a letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this month, and Bettman has responded.

I got a very nice letter from the mayor of Columbus, which I’ve responded to,” Bettman told the Puck-Rakers Blog of The Columbus Dispatch.

“Because we don’t know about Olympic participation (in 2014) yet, and as I think you all know in an Olympic year we don’t have an All-Star game, we’ve got a whole host of factors that we have to look at. We know we owe Columbus a game, but we’re not yet in a position to say what the timeline is.

“My hope is in the next couple of months, as our long-term calendar becomes a bit clearer, we’ll be able to address that more specifically.”

The Puck-Rakers blog also published a copy of Bettman’s letter to the Columbus mayor.

In the meantime, the Columbus Blue Jackets have suddenly began to surge.

Their five-game winning streak may have ended earlier this week against Vancouver, but the Blue Jackets are doing their best Chicago Blackhawks impersonation, securing at least a point in each of their last nine games.



  1. jakreidler - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    They owe Detroit a bit more.

    • govtminion - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM


      • 19wasthebest - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Winter classic. Also when is the last all star game in Det.?

  2. blomfeld - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM


    The bottom line is that Columbus needs to “stand by” while Gary figures things out here in going forward. That mayor’s “agreeable” letter to Gary was positive and definitely the “right” thing to do, as is the Jacket’s recent decision to finally “smarten up” on the ice. I therefore suspect that Columbus will be getting their “All Star” game” before long … perhaps even sooner than they think ? :)

    • thehighcountrybear - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Beatles = = Peace = Love = Superstars

      Well, right you are

      Well we all shine on
      Like the moon and the stars and the sun
      Well we all shine on
      Ev’ryone come on

    • profsudz - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      If you’re going to keep posting music videos, that’s cool, but how about throwing in some non-late 50’s/early 60’s pop rock?

      Let’s try some ultra-dank hippie rock

    • badintent - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      gREAT VIDEO !! AN YET ANOTHER PHOTGRAPHER HAS FOUND A LOST STASH OF PICS OF THE FAB 4 I’ve told Bettman tha Columbus/Dayton lead the States in STDs rate(CDC numbers) , and he has told the NHLPA to double wrap it under their jocks for the All star game.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:26 AM

      What about some “Taxman”? Or perhaps Bob Dylan’s favourite, “It’s such a feeling that my love, I get high, I get high, I get high….”

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Is that Bill Daley sitting to Gary’s left…nice manicure!

  4. mucktuck - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Bettman can suck my balls

    • badintent - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      He makes $15+ million a year. You can’t afford him. Try Pee Wee Herman.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Buckets of rain
    Buckets of tears
    Got all them buckets coming out of my ears
    Buckets of moonbeams in my hand
    You got all the love honey baby
    I can stand.

    I been meek
    And hard like an oak
    I seen pretty people disappear like smoke
    Friends will arrive friends will disappear
    If you want me honey baby
    I’ll be here.

  6. 19wasthebest - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    He has had some quality players before the club was just to cheap to pay them.

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