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2013 NHL All Star Game in Columbus

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    News
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    Via Email:
    Dear Columbus Leadership & NHL Local Organizing Committee Members:

    With the NHL season underway, we have received inquiries about the next available year that Columbus could host NHL All-Star Weekend. We are thankful for every concern expressed as well as the many offerings of assistance. It is essential as we go forward in the process of rescheduling the event in Columbus that we are strategic, as well as consistent in our message. Here is an update on the process.

    The first step is determining the next available year. The NHL and NHL Players Association (NHLPA) currently are in discussion with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about whether the NHL and its players will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. If they do, there will not be an All-Star Weekend that year and the next available opportunity will be in 2015. At this time, there is no deadline for that decision to be made.

    Additionally, the NHL and its special events division has other, more immediate league priorities, including the 2013 NHL Draft this June in Newark, NJ and the 2014 Winter Classic on New Years’ Day in Detroit and Ann Arbor. These events must take precedence over making a decision about the next All-Star Weekend.

    However, the league is keenly aware of the need to make a decision while there is enough time to plan and organize a successful event. The NHL understands our disappointment in losing out on the economic impact and promotional benefits of All-Star Weekend. They also appreciate and understand our urgency to regain the opportunity to showcase to the world that Columbus is a hockey town.

    We are committed to taking a strategic, coordinated approach to our continued engagement with the NHL office. So this week, Mayor Coleman sent a letter (attached) to Commissioner Bettman on behalf of our entire community. He clearly communicated our desire for Columbus and the Blue Jackets to host the next available NHL All-Star Weekend, and we thank the mayor for taking the lead.

    We will stay in touch with league officials, closely monitor discussions about the 2014 Winter Olympics and continue to work on holding space in our hotels, convention center and other venues for both 2014 and 2015. We will keep open the lines of communication to all of our partners and make sure that we are ready to go when the NHL is ready to go.

    Thank you for your continued support of Greater Columbus as one of the premier sports destinations in the country!

    Sincerely,
    Linda Shetina Logan
    Executive Director
    Greater Columbus Sports Commission

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    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    I can’t tell if she is on our side or not?

    #479397

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    A whole lot of words about nothing.

    #479398

    heresthecasey
    Participant

    CalebR said:
    I can’t tell if she is on our side or not?

    Basically Columbus is going to get the next game in 2015.

    Is that the side are “we” (you) are on?

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    buckette13
    Member

    heresthecasey said:
    Basically Columbus is going to get the next game in 2015.

    Is that the side are “we” (you) are on?

    The letter is saying that Columbus wants the All Star Game in 2015 and is telling the NHL that. There have been no promises made by the NHL, just reasons why we don’t have an answer and that we shouldn’t expect to host it until at least 2015.

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    heresthecasey
    Participant

    The NHL has come out and pretty much said we are going to get the next available game, which would be 2015 because of the Olympics next year,

    NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly released a statement calling the decision to cancel this year’s game “extremely disappointing.”

    “We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus,” he said, “and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible.”

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    Coremodels
    Coremodels
    Participant

    I don’t know, “pretty much said” and committed are two different things. The need for Mayor Mike to write this letter makes me wonder if its not more of a question mark than that.

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