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Report: Preds submit bid for 2016 NHL All-Star Game

Jun 7, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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Nashville wants to host one of the NHL’s marquee events, and has submitted a bid to get it.

According to The Tennessean, the Preds have thrown their hat the ring to host the NHL’s All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Reports of the bids broke following a recent budget hearing for the city’s Metro Sports Authority.

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Sean Henry, chief operating officer of the arena and its main tenant, the Nashville Predators, said Thursday that the bid was submitted this week.

“We’re pretty optimistic that we’re going to have one in the very near future,” Henry said during a budget hearing for the Metro Sports Authority. “We should be hearing some positive news, I think, in the next few weeks.”

“That is super to hear,” said Councilman Charlie Tygard, who had asked Henry about the possibility.

In a phone interview today, Henry said the recent openings of the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel mean “we have the facilities to do it. And I feel pretty good, pretty confident.”

In an email, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Tennessean he couldn’t comment on individual bid proposals but did say the league would hopefully “be in a position to make an announcement on the 2016 All-Star Game” by July 1.

The All-Star Game hasn’t been played since 2012 — when Ottawa hosted — due to the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 2015 edition will be held in Columbus, and it’s fair to speculate that Nashville would be in line to host such an event. The organization has never held an All-Star Game and only hosted one draft, back in 2003.

  1. canucks30 - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    No one cares about the All-Star game anymore. They already get rid of it in Olympic Years. They might as well scrap it altogether as most players can’t be bothered to attend and the “game” itself resembles nothing close to typical NHL hockey.

    Most fans would probably want more international hockey or outdoor/major event games instead anyway.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    So when’s it coming back to Pittsburgh?

  3. djshnooks - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Name all-stars, have the skills completion…but make the game about young prospects/rookies…take each team’s #1 prospect, best rookie or #1 draft pick and showcase them for people to learn who they are, that way they will follow more of the junior and AHL players and games.

    That way we see some of these guys before 3-5 years…and it will garner some attention so people follow them closer.

    I think that would be an awesome idea, instead of just letting a few Of them participate in the skills competition.

    And I realize they do it in the AHL, but we already know most of those guys, especially some of the veterans. For example…most Sabres fans know Luke Adam…but do they know Joel Armia? Same with let’s say the Leafs and TJ Brennan. Even all Sabres fans know him…but not everyone knows Toronto’s #1 prospect in the organization right now.

    Those might be a couple of bad examples…but I think you get my point.

    To be short…showcase hockey’s future like other sports do, especially basketball…since it’s enemy #1 to the NHL.

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