It’s only been open for a couple of hours, but All-Star Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries is already offering hockey fans in Columbus a few thrills and a lot of smiles.
The opening morning of All-Star festivities in Columbus featured alumni action at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Rink, where fans lined the glass to catch a glimpse of former Blue Jackets like Fredrik Modin, Andrew Cassels, and Jody Shelley. Current Blue Jackets assistant coach Brad Larsen also took to the ice with members of the Blue Jackets hockey ops department for a less-conventional morning skate.
Anthony Tambini and his mother Diana are both involved with Columbus Ice Hockey Club, Anthony as a player. The two are very involved in youth hockey in the city and were impressed with the element that Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Rink brought to the All-Star atmosphere.
“I think it’s great. It gives guys a lot of chances to play games like this and to skate” said Anthony, who said skating on the ice outdoors would probably be the highlight of the week for him.
Also looking on at the alumni game with his family was Robby Slatzer of Columbus, who thought the buzz of the All-Star activities was good for both the Blue Jackets and Columbus.
“I think it’s a good thing for the city and the Blue Jackets and it gives us some exposure,” said Slatzer, who said his son really enjoyed the Kids Zone, an entertainment tent at the park that features video games, bubble hockey, air hockey, and the Blue Jackets Replica Locker Room presented by AEP.
Slatzer and his family were unaware that the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Rink was also open to public skating, saying he was not prepared to hit the ice. But as people have said all week, the location of All-Star Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries right in the middle of the city makes it not only convenient for fans to attend, but convenient for them to visit a second time.
“We’re definitely going to come back and skate.”