Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/28/12 at 12:26 AM ET
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
One source told The Dispatch last night (Friday) that the Blue Jackets – in the midst of the worst season in franchise history, and in dire need of good news – were informed yesterday by the league that they would be the host city next season.
The game is one of the NHL’s marquee events and would be, possibly, one of the most significant events ever hosted in the city.
In the past, the NHL would not approve Columbus as a host for the game because the area around Nationwide Arena lacked a sufficient number of high-end hotel rooms needed to house sponsors, celebrities, players, etc. But a 500-room Hilton, being built just blocks from Nationwide Arena, is planned for completion by Sept. 2012, a month before the 2012-13 season opens.
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