The National Hockey League has announced that Columbus will host the 2015 All-Star Game and skills competitions.
The weekend of events is set for Jan. 24-25, 2015.
The announcement was made by NHL Commissioner Gary Barnett and Blue Jackets director of hockey operations John Davidson midway through the first period of Columbus' game Saturday night against Pittsburgh.
Blue Jackets fans are full of energy after hearing the all-star announcement. They're excited to bring the stars of the game to the city and the national spotlight to Columbus.
"We're super excited about it. We're glad the NHL did the right thing and give it back to us and it's going to be great to see the best players in the world here," said Blue Jackets fan Jessica Watson.
" I'm ready for the all-star game. I'm ready to see the best players in the world. We see them here in Columbus. We see them every other week. But I'm ready to see them here all at one time," Craig Hartzel, Blue Jackets fan.
Columbus was originally awarded the 2013 All-Star weekend but that was canceled due to the lockout. There is no All-Star game in 2014 because of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Columbus will become the third straight first-time host of the NHL's big weekend, following Raleigh, N.C., in 2011, and Ottawa in 2012.
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