There was a buzz around Nationwide Arena on Saturday morning. The Blue Jackets were wrapping up their morning skate in preparation of the game against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins that evening. The buzz revolved around two roped-off parking spaces at the arena. This, in and of itself, was not eye-catching. The names attached to each space, on the other hand, were. With one reading "reserved for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman" and the other saying "reserved for Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman", an educated guess would lead one to believe that a special announcement was on the way. That special announcement came during that evening's game between Columbus and Pittsburgh. Everyone's attention was directed to the jumbotron, where Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson was flanked by Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Linda Logan, and on the other side NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "It's my pleasure to announce that the 60th NHL All Star Game will be played in Columbus the weekend of January 24th and 25th, 2015. We're happy to be coming and we know it's going to be a great event", said Bettman. At this point, the sold out crowd of 18,634 began cheering wildly. Columbus had previously been awarded the 2013 All Star Game. This was cancelled due to the 2012 NHL lockout. With the Winter Olympics set to take place in Sochi, Russia in 2014, no one was sure whether Columbus would get the next available All Star Game. The hotels that were needed to secure the 2013 ASG were built to facilitate the awarding of that game. That speculation ended with this announcement. At a press conference held during the first intermission, Michael Coleman, John Davidson and Gary Bettman addressed the media. Mayor Coleman was beaming with joy and could barely contain his excitement.
Gary Bettman living up to his promise to Columbus
Fox Sports Ohio | Nov 3