NHL All-Star Game 2013 could be next lockout casualty

Justin K. Aller

The NHL's 2013 All-Star Game, scheduled to be held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will reportedly be cancelled if and when the league cancels another wave of scheduled games.

Regular season games won't be the only casualty if and when the NHL cancels the next wave of games. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the 2013 NHL All-Star Game will be cancelled with the next wave of games, costing the city of Columbus the opportunity to host one of hockey's biggest weekends.

Per the report, the 2013 NHL All-Star Game was projected to bring in $12 million of revenue into the local economy. Unfortunately for hockey fans and the city of Columbus, it's increasingly likely that the Blue Jackets will have to wait another year before being able to show off their recently-upgraded arena.

The Blue Jackets have already had 21 games cancelled this season, including nine home games. As the schedule currently stands, Columbus would open the season at home on Sunday, Dec. 2, against the Montreal Canadiens, though that scenario is increasingly unlikely with each passing day.

The NHL and the NHLPA are scheduled to meet in New York City and resume talks, as the two sides attempt to work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

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