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Columbus mayor reminds NHL: You owe us an All-Star Game

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11:26 AM ET 03.03 | Columbus mayor Michael B. Coleman sent a letter to the NHL this week. The letter, obtained by The Dispatch, was a tap on the shoulder, essentially, reminding the league that Columbus ready and waiting for the go-ahead to host a future NHL All-Star Game, and sooner rather than later. The Blue Jackets were scheduled to host the 2013 NHL All-Star Game in Nationwide Arena, but the game was canceled by the NHL lockout. The league has said it will work with Columbus to bring another mid-season classic this way, and Coleman and others are holding them to it. The letter, dated Friday, was cordial and formal. "We understand there are plenty of steps ahead before naming the host city for the next NHL All-Star Weekend, including the determination of the next available year, conference realignment, the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark and the 2014 Winter Classic on New Years' Day in Detroit and Ann Arbor," Coleman wrote. "We hope that you understand our urgency to regain the opportunity for Columbus to host one of the world's best sporting events. We continue to work on holding space in our hotels, convention center and other venues for 2014 and 2015, and we will be ready to go when the League is ready."

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March 3, 2013  12:02 PM ET

The rest of the World reminds Columbus that it needs competent intelligent people before we come to your City and state. #worststateever

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March 3, 2013  03:57 PM ET
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We continue to work on holding space in our hotels, convention center and other venues for 2014 and 2015Because preventing the rush of tourism central Ohio is expecting in late January 2014/15 from disrupting an all-star game in a city that may not even have a franchise by then is paramount to the mayor's re-election campaign.

Can't keep those Motel 6 rooms on ice forever...

March 3, 2013  05:11 PM ET

NHL to Columbus: first you need an nhl franchise...

March 3, 2013  06:12 PM ET
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Can't keep those Motel 6 rooms without lice forever...

Fixed.

March 3, 2013  06:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

NHL to Columbus: first you need an nhl franchise...

My first thought too POTF.

March 3, 2013  06:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Fixed.

Yeah - there's that.

March 3, 2013  08:46 PM ET
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The rest of the World reminds Columbus that it needs competent intelligent people before we come to your City and state. #worststateever

NHL to Columbus: Quebec Blue Jackets has a nice sound.

March 3, 2013  09:24 PM ET
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NHL to Columbus: Quebec Blue Jackets has a nice sound.

Jacquet bleu si vous plait

March 3, 2013  10:17 PM ET
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Jacquet bleu si vous plait

AW, my francais is a little rusty but wouldn't they be the Quebec Vestes Bleu?

March 3, 2013  11:14 PM ET
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Jacquet bleu si vous plait

Moi aussi. Je veux pour la meme chose.

March 3, 2013  11:31 PM ET
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AW, my francais is a little rusty but wouldn't they be the Quebec Vestes Bleu?

Mine is beyond rusty, I was too lazy to look it up. Pretty bad considering I teach it to grade 4 kids 2 hours per week!

March 4, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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The rest of the World reminds Columbus that it needs competent intelligent people before we come to your City and state. #worststateever

Wow! Why such the hatred for Columbus? Did your boyfriend break up with you at a Buckeye game or something? Don't blame the city, just blame your parents! They raised a small minded idiot but who was never allowed out of his room for fear of breaking a nail.

March 4, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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The rest of the World reminds Columbus that it needs competent intelligent people before we come to your City and state. #worststateever

But I bet you're just salty because my Jackets, who are struggling for wins, have no problem getting them against your wings!

March 4, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Columbus mayor reminds NHL: You owe us an All-Star Game

NHL to Columbus: Sure, just get us an NHL team

Columbus fans to Blue Jackets' owner....you owe US an NHL team....

March 4, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Columbus mayor reminds NHL: You owe us an All-Star GameNHL to Columbus: Sure, just get us an NHL teamColumbus fans to Blue Jackets' owner....you owe US an NHL team....

bring it to Music City.........good times to be had......

March 4, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Wow! Why such the hatred for Columbus? Did your boyfriend break up with you at a Buckeye game or something? Don't blame the city, just blame your parents! They raised a small minded idiot but who was never allowed out of his room for fear of breaking a nail.

it's his parents fault that Columbus is the joke of the league?

March 4, 2013  12:33 PM ET

Forget an All-Star game...Columbus shouldn't even have an NHL team.

Of course, now that I think about it...they don't really...

 
March 4, 2013  03:20 PM ET
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it's his parents fault that Columbus is the joke of the league?

Sure, I blame his parents first then Howson!

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