Nashville, you’re on the clock.
With the completion of the NHL All-Star Weekend Sunday in Columbus, the ceremonial torch was passed to the Music City.
From one mascot to another, see you in next year in Smashville for the 2016 #NHLAllStar Game! pic.twitter.com/87HlBd0d74
— NHL (@NHL) January 26, 2015
The NHL’s Twitter account illustrates the passing as Columbus Blue Jacket mascot Stinger shares a moment with Predator mascot Gnash.
It will mark only the fifth time the All-Star event has taken place in the Southeast, having come to Florida twice and once each to Georgia and North Carolina.
The NHL has restructured the game in recent years, moving away from splitting the teams based on conference and instead having captains pick squads.
Predators involved in this year’s events had outstanding showings with Shea Weber astounding the crowd at Saturday’s skills competition with a 108.5 mph slap shot while rookie Filip Forsberg became the first player in franchise history to score a goal in the game.
Nashville will host the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend Jan. 30-31. Several questions can be pondered for more than a year now, such as who will sing the National Anthem? Which bands will play during the player introductions and intermission breaks? Which local player will act as a team captain?
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