The NHL announced Saturday that the Columbus Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus have been selected to host the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. The midseason festivities will take place Jan. 24-25, 2015 and include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena. "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." After Raleigh, N.C., and Ottawa hosted the game in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Columbus will be the third straight city to host the All-Star Game for the first time. It was selected to host the event in 2013, but the event was not held during the abbreviated 2012-13 NHL season.