There were several rumors the past couple days about Columbus getting the All-Star game and today it was made official. This will be the first time the NHL has hosted the games in Columbus, and for good reason.
It’s clear that since the Blue Jackets have been struggling mightily for the past few seasons, the NHL wants to try and get some sort of buzz going towards the team.
Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks highly of Columbus.
“We’re looking forward to bringing our All-Star celebration to Columbus. The Blue Jackets did a great job of hosting the NHL Draft in 2007, and I have no doubt they will raise the bar even higher when they welcome our All-Star celebration next January.”
Last I heard, the NHL Draft isn’t exactly the same thing as the All-Star Game, which DEPENDS on attendance. It’s obviously a huge money maker and its a smart way to get some attention focused on one of the lower end teams.
Columbus has been one of a few teams who every year are listed as a team who could be traded. Obviously this is how the NHL hopes to avoid having to sell another team. I’m sure the whole Atlanta Thrashers sale wasn’t exactly a cake walk. No matter how small the fan base, people are going to be pissed off when their team leaves.
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