January 27th, 2013, Nationwide Arena finds itself calm and quiet with no hockey in sight. If the lockout never occurred, there would have been fans from all thirty teams cheering loudly for their favorite players in Columbus for the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, instead the arena was empty.
Flash forward, July 19th, the NHL announces…
…the League will pause the 2013-14 regular-season schedule from Feb. 9-25 so its players can participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, Russia.
With the announcement that the NHL players will be allowed to head to Russia to represent their country and wave their nations flag proudly in the Olympics, sets back yet another NHL All-Star Game. This time a more understandable reason to postpone the All-Star Game. One may beginning to wonder though, is Columbus ever going to be able to host an All-Star Game?
Fans may have thought that with the NHL announcement of the players being allowed to play in Sochi, and with the release of the 2013-14 NHL schedule, that the NHL may have been on the verge of announcing that the 2015 NHL All-Star Game would be held in Columbus. No such announcement was made, and Columbus fans are still left wondering if they will get a chance to host the best of the best in Nationwide Arena.
It should be a simple and easy decision to make for the NHL, and why they are making the great fans of Columbus wait is beyond me. There is no need to set a specific date, but just ensure the city of Columbus and its fans that the NHL All-Star Game will be making its way to Ohio in 2015.