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10-25-2012, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by CapnCornelius View Post
Something occured to me today as I mused the fact that the City of Columbus is going to become yet another victim in the league and NHLPA's labor dispute--why not still have an All Star Game in Columbus?

In these difficult economic times as we struggle to get back to normal, the City could stand some revenue. As fans, we want to see hockey, even if it is just an exhibition game. What would stop a group of players from voluntarily coming to Columbus to play an exhibition game for the fans and the love of the game? If some guy can get Billy Idol to play his birthday (Google it if you haven't seen it), why can't we get 40-50 NHL players (and/or alums) to come to Columbus this winter to play an exhibition game as was promised to us last winter?

Keep in mind that during prior lockouts the players have in fact come together to play exhibition games--the 1994-95 lockout in particular had several All-Star teams who played a series of games wearing NHLPA jerseys. No reason it couldn't be done again with all money going to charity.

The only real impediment I see is venue. I'd suspect that Nationwide is out. Does the deal between OSU and the Jackets preclude the Schott? What other hockey venues in Central Ohio could fit over 1,000 people?

We've often got the short end of the stick as a fanbase--missing the #1 pick in a year we were dead last, not seeing a playoff victory thus far, players pouting to be traded, etc. The way I see it, the hockey gods owe us one.
The 1994 tournament benefited the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada. It was held in Hamilton, and featured four teams: Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and United States.

Yes, Nationwide would be out as a venue. The 1994 tournament was done in Hamilton, which was the most centrally-located (from a population standpoint) non-NHL city. I hate the idea of suggesting Value City Arena for a damned thing, but it would be usable since it's a non-NHL arena.

As far as players involved were concerned, it wasn't a true All-Star group (although many players were in fact All-Stars). Rosters are found here:

For what it's worth, Bauer provided jerseys for the tournament. Bauer, at the time, had only an IHL contract and did not outfit any NHL teams. I don't know if there's a legal reason for that or if it was simply because Bauer was able to provide a better design in smaller numbers than CCM would have required.

Originally Posted by Jaxs View Post
Canada would certainly respect us if this came to fruition.
If you want to know how much I give a damn about them, Google the legendary rant of Lee Elia. The target isn't the same, but the feeling is awfully close.

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