For the first time, the NHL All-Star game will be hosted in Columbus, Ohio. The decision was announced by the NHL on Saturday, but made right before the Columbus Blue Jackets took on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The midseason festivities will take place Jan. 24-25, 2015 and include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena.
“Columbus is an ideal host city for our All-Star celebration,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “The facilities are first-rate, the Blue Jackets are exciting and entertaining and the fans passionately support their team and our League. Our players, sponsors, media and guests are looking forward to being in Columbus for the All-Star activities.”
It’s an exciting time for the NHL, as Columbus is the third straight city to host the AS game for the first time. It was originally supposed to host the event in 2013, but due to the lockout, obviously things didn’t pan out the way they intended.
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“The All-Star celebration is a marquee event featuring the best players in the world and the Blue Jackets are thrilled to be able to bring it to Central Ohio for our fans and community,” Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell said in a statement. “Columbus and the arena district offer an unmatched setting for this celebration of hockey and the NHL’s commitment to having the event here speaks volumes about the support of our fans and the strength of our market.”
However, this event isn’t even the first one Columbus has hosted. The Blue Jackets hosted the 2007 NHL draft, so being host to a big NHL event is nothing new for the organization.
At this time, no further information has been released regarding the tickets, pricing, events, or television viewing.