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.

4 comments:

  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.

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    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.

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    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"?

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    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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