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NHL announces 2013 All-Star Game, 2012 Awards site

by Dan Rosen
OTTAWA -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday morning after the Board of Governors meeting at the Fairmount Hotel that the Columbus Blue Jackets will host the 2013 NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena.

The game is scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 27 and will include the Molson Canadian NHL Skills Competition on Saturday, January 26.

Bettman also announced that the Wynn Las Vegas Resort will host the 2012 NHL Awards Show on June 20 at the Encore Theater. The League has held its annual Awards Show in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort for the past three years.

Columbus first hosted a major NHL event in 2007 when the League brought the NHL Draft to Nationwide Arena. Chicago Blackhawks All-Star forward Patrick Kane was the No. 1 pick that year.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday that an All-Star Game could generate between $15 and $25 million for the city of Columbus, "based on economic impact studies done by cities that have hosted previously."

The Dispatch also reported that the Blue Jackets applied to host the All-Star Game in 2013, 2014 or 2015.

The Blue Jackets are in the middle of a season that has fallen short of expectations after an aggressive offseason. They are last in the NHL with just 32 points through 49 games.

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