NHL Rumors: Will The All-Star Game Still be in Columbus?

By Danny Shirey
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Living in Columbus, excitement doesn’t come around often, but when it does it sure gets my adrenaline going. One can only watch the Columbus Blue Jackets play so much before you’ve had enough, which is why I was very excited for the NHL All-Star weekend to be held here in Columbus. It is something that I have never experienced before. I can’t imagine seeing all of that talent on the ice at the same time in the living-flesh, and is something that I would love to go to someday.

With the recent cancellation of the NHL Winter Classic in Detroit, I told myself that I may not be able to see the All-Star

festivities this year. I then later noticed that the Winter Classic was re-scheduled for next season with the same two teams, but then asked would they re-schedule the All-Star game in Columbus?

The off-season trade of Rick Nash for seemingly nothing close to what was expected, and a city that has questionable passion for the game, would the NHL risk putting one of the biggest revenue-generating, regular-season activities in Columbus the first year back after a lockout?

Think about it: If your top 3 players on the team are, Jack Johnson (Who I think will be named team captain), RJ Umberger, who is now 30, and Brandon Dubinsky, who struggled last season when he should be entering the prime of his career; Would this be the ideal place for an All-Star game? This would be no different than placing the MLB All-Star game in Houston. Bad teams do not receive the festivities very often, nor should they; Which is why I question the re-scheduling of the All-Star game and skills competition in Columbus.

By no means am I saying I want the festivities to be somewhere else, because as I said earlier I would love the experience. But I am concerned about the future of the weekend in Central Ohio.

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