The Columbus Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus have been selected to host the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL®) All-Star Celebration. The official announcement was made by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the Blue Jackets game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 2. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the NHL All-Star Game.
“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,” said club Majority Owner John P. McConnell. “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.”
The 2015 NHL All-Star Game will be the first time the NHL All-Star activities will take place in Columbus, becoming the third consecutive first-time All-Star host city. Raleigh in 2011 and Ottawa in 2012 also were first-time hosts. The Blue Jackets and Columbus previously hosted an NHL signature event, successfully welcoming thousands of NHL fans, executives and personalities for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
"Columbus is an ideal host city for our All-Star Celebration," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The facilities are first-rate, the Blue Jackets are exciting and entertaining and the fans passionately support their team and our League. Our players, sponsors, media and guests are looking forward to being in Columbus for the All-Star activities."
The 60th NHL All-Star Celebration will feature various hockey-themed events, entertainment and activities. Details about all of the All-Star events and television broadcasting will be released at a later date. Current Blue Jackets full, half and quarter season ticket holders who renew their tickets for the 2014-15 season will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase All-Star Game and/or NHL All-Star Skills Competition tickets. For more information, visit www.BlueJackets.com or call 1-800-NHL-COLS.
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