Columbus gets another shot at All-Star Game

Last night the NHL announced that Columbus will host the 2015 All-Star Game. This came as no surprise to hockey fans. Columbus was supposed to host the 2013 festivities, but the game was cancelled due to the shortened lockout season. This year there won’t be a game because NHL players will be participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (On a side note, I am so looking forward to cheering on Team USA. Expect some serious blogging during the Games.)

Columbus, NHL All-Star Game, Blue Jackets

Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star Game.

It’s only right that Columbus finally gets its chance to welcome all of the league’s best players for a weekend of skills challenges and many, many goals. I live just a few hours away from Columbus, and I’m always intrigued by their fanbase. In theory, Columbus should be the perfect place for a hockey team. It’s located between Pittsburgh and Detroit – two cities obsessed with their hockey teams. However, Columbus has never quite reached that level of fanaticism for the Blue Jackets.

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Ducks fly together

Charlie Conway was the greatest sports hero of my childhood. The Bash Brothers were the first bad boys I ever loved. And the Mighty Ducks introduced me to ice hockey.

Then I forgot all about hockey until I was reintroduced to it in college, but that’s another story for another day.

As a child of the 90s, the Mighty Ducks are one of my favorite sports teams of all time. By association, a small part of me respects the Anaheim Ducks organization. That grows exponentially on throwback jersey nights.

Just a few weeks ago the Ducks paid tribute to their humble beginning as a team created by Disney. They pulled on the eggplant and teal sweaters, played 90s music throughout the arena, and even offered a 93-cent menu in honor of the year the team first took to the ice in California.

Anaheim Ducks, Mighty Ducks, throwback jerseys

Throwback jerseys hanging in the Anaheim Ducks locker room before the tribute game. Photo courtesy of Puck Daddy blog.

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Hockey for a purpose

October is Hockey Fights Cancer Month in the NHL. The movement, which began in 1998, brings all of the teams in the league together to raise awareness and money for cancer-related organizations and research. In addition to league-wide promotions and purple apparel, each team hosts its own Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.

Hockey Fights Cancer, Colorado Avalanche

A Colorado Avalanche helmet sporting the Hockey Fights Cancer logo. Photo courtesy of NHL Pinterest page.

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Back in the lineup…

It’s a great day for hockey. And I’m not just saying that because I love the Penguins tagline. It’s a great day for hockey because I feel like playoff hockey is within reach. The season is coming to a close, teams are leaving it all out on the ice and my team is looking like a top contender for the Cup.

Not to mention that Sidney Crosby is back.

Sidney Crosby returns

Sidney Crosby back on the ice and making an impact. Photo by Getty Images.

Regardless of whether you’re a fan or not, you have to appreciate what it means to have him back in the game. The entire league benefits from having the best player in the world back on the ice.

Stay tuned for the latest and greatest hockey news. It’s only going to get better and better the closer we get the playoffs.

Getting back to a love of the game

Well, that hiatus was definitely not a short one. I got my computer back a few weeks ago, but I’ve been busy celebrating the 4th of July and visiting my sister in North Carolina. Then today I got online and read my friend Erin’s blog. She posted a great, opinionated piece about LeBron James turning his back on his hometown. It made me realize that it’s about time I step up and get back to work on this blog.

I love hockey. I love writing. I love writing about hockey. So why on earth am I not updating this more? I’m not sure. It might be because I’m interning for a hockey team this summer, and it’s making me see hockey more as work and less as fun. And that’s a damn shame.

To get back to my love for the game, I need this blog to keep me sane. I’m switching over from a hockey PR blog to just a general hockey blog about my thoughts on the game, with a focus on the NHL and maybe some occasional college hockey posts.

My first order of business: Let’s consider the fact that Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher just married country music star Carrie Underwood.

Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood

Hockey and country music? It doesn't get much better than that. Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.

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