Friday, November 23, 2012

2013 NHL All-Star Game cancelled

Nope...not gonna happen.  (Ever?)
Yup, it's done: The 2013 NHL All-Star Game weekend has been cancelled.  Here's a link to my DBJ Plus reproduction of the letter from CBJ President Mike Priest to ASG ticket holders.

I note that no promise has been made to hold a future All-Star Game weekend in Columbus.  This is in stark contrast to the immediate awarding of the next Winter Classic to cancelled 2013 location Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Appreciating that an All-Star Game needs an actual batch of regular season games to conduct roster balloting and the other procedural necessities related to a game, there is room for a reasonable person to ask whether the NHL knew what they were doing to Columbus - both the team and its host community - in cancelling the event.

Worse yet...if they did know, there's even more room to ask if the NHL cared.

UPDATE: Well whaddya know, the NHL says that they care.

Gosh, that makes me feel better.  But wait, there's more.

Deeds, not words.  Sorry, Bill, that's where this fan is at.


  1. Theoretically if the NHL and the NHLPA reach an agreement that does not include participation in the Olympics the ASG could be as early as 2014. That's not what I want but it is a possibility to be provided for in making commitments.

    1. Understood and appreciated, Gallos, but why didn't the NHL give the same level of commitment to Columbus in their cancellation announcement that they gave to Detroit/Ann Arbor when the Winter Classic was scuttled?

      How hard would it be to say, "We don't know when the next All-Star Weekend will be, but we plan to hold it in Columbus when it happens"?

      This post-announcement Twitter commenting from Daly is nothing but non-committal damage control.

    2. Re-reading my theoretical quote, let me take another stab.

      How about something even more definitive, like, "We don't know when the next All-Star Weekend will be, but it will be in Columbus"?

    3. ya, I would have liked to have seen that too. Meh. We'll see what pans out. I don't think we are that far in the NHL's dog house that they'll blow us off. Though I do definitely regret the weekend I was gonna spend downtown. But not under the circumstances we were looking at for this year. Proof's in the puddin'. We'll see what they do.


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