26
Jan
15

All Star Awakening

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Approximately three years ago, a major event set to launch Columbus onto the international hockey stage was announced, and thanks to the lockout, the event never happened. We were fortunate enough to be sitting in Nationwide Arena a little over a year ago to be pleasantly surprised with the awarding of the 2015 NHL All Star Game. An announcement that we, as fans, felt we had earned.

The 2014 season ended in thrilling fashion, spring turned to summer, lives continued to move ahead, and suddenly the leaves were changing and the Blue Jackets were back on the ice. The 2014-15 CBJ squad had limped to the mid-season break, the daily excitement of voting for our favorite Jackets’ players (seemingly in vain, thank Chicago and Latvia!) was fun, the new logo appeared and POOF, All Star weekend was here.

The entire event has blown me away. From Thursday’s Fan Fair “preview”, Friday’s Fantasy Draft, Saturday’s Skills Competition, and Sunday’s game, hockey and Columbus finally seemed to be going public with their budding love affair.

My hope is to talk about each of the events in some detail, suggest some improvements, and see what others thought too.

I am more in love now with hockey than I ever was before and it takes events like the All Star Game to re-energize fans, educate and recruit new ones, inspire young ones, and captivate an entire section of the media. As difficult as it can be to be a fan of the youngest team in the NHL, this made it all worth the thrills and chills over the years.

There are so many different things to talk about, and not enough time or space to say it all right now. I appreciate any thoughts, comments, and feedback anyone can share!

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