COLUMBUS, Ohio - John Davidson has travelled the world playing, talking about and scouting professional hockey. [url=http://www.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - John Davidson has travelled the world playing, talking about and scouting professional hockey. Cheap Shoes Australia Free Shipping .He says his current outpost is a great place that few know about.Columbus, to me, in some ways, is a very well-kept secret, said Davidson, the director of hockey operations for the NHLs Blue Jackets.That might change this weekend. The city and the Blue Jackets have a busy, busy few days in the spotlight.Ohios capital city will be the venue for this weekends NHL All-Star game, including the player draft on Friday night, a skills competition on Saturday and the game itself on Sunday at downtowns Nationwide Arena. There are many other related events, drawing thousands of visitors and television viewers.Meanwhile Ohio State, with its sprawling campus just a couple of miles from downtown, will celebrate its national championship in college football at massive Ohio Stadium on Saturday morning. Coach Urban Meyer and his players will speak to whats expected to be a huge crowd while accepting trophies for their 14-1 run to the title.Gene Smith, the athletic director at Ohio State, considers it an embarrassment of riches.When you think about our city and all the great things that have happened here over the years, this is probably one of those exemplar moments, he said. The NHL All-Star game and weekend activities, just by itself, is phenomenal. But then to be able to showcase the national championship, all the media attention for both of those events for our city, its going to be unreal.By Thursday morning, a sledding hill had been built on two lanes of the brick thoroughfare next to the hockey arena downtown, topped by tons of snow that had been trucked in. There was a line of dozens of kids waiting to slide and glide down the bumpy slope.Nearby, just behind an old stone arch that is one of the citys symbols, a large ice rink sits outside. There are free skates for the general public and the occasional hockey game. The skaters can warm up with coffee and hot chocolate at one of the nearby heated tents.Months of planning has gone into the All-Star festivities. Columbus was originally picked in January 2012 to host the event the following year. But managements lockout of the players disrupted that plan. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, however, made good on a promise to have Columbus host the game as soon as possible, awarding the city this years event.Columbus is also one of the finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.Mayor Michael B. Coleman looks at all thats going on this weekend and sees it as a trial run.This is one of the best opportunities to showcase our city to an international audience, Coleman said. They can see how Columbus pulls off big events, and they can get a better idea of who we are as a city.Of course, not much wiggle room was permitted for the plans for Ohio States national championship celebration. The title wasnt decided until Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas, when the Buckeyes beat Oregon, 42-20.Even though the football teams big day will be held outside in temperatures in the 30s, it wouldnt be a major surprise if Buckeye fans flooded the place. After all, more than 90,000 once showed up for a spring practice game at Ohio Stadium.Smith says Ohio State officials have been working with those from the Blue Jackets. During the national championship celebration, some of the events associated with the All-Star game will be mentioned on the video monitors.Cabs, hotel rooms and seats in restaurants and bars will come at a premium on such a busy sports weekend.The Blue Jackets and the Buckeyes are happy to share top billing.The more the merrier, Davidson said, laughing.___Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP Wholesale Shoes Australia . To be fair, the celebrations are already anything but tame. Nerf ball tricks shots are just the tip of the iceberg for a group that has performed in zero gravity, faced pro-skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and an assembled team on the MTV series "Fantasy Factory", and even hit a basketball trick shot from a passing blimp. Wholesale Shoes Australia Online . 15 in Hamburg. The fight was originally slated for Sept. 6 but had to be postponed after Klitschko tore a bicep in sparring and was forced to miss four weeks of training. http://www.cheapshoesaustraliaonline.com/ . Louis Blues were workmanlike, methodical and -- most of all -- effective on Monday night. TORONTO -- Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson capped off a career year Thursday by being named Canadas male soccer player of the year. The Toronto-born midfielder was voted to the MLS All-Star Fan XI team and named to Major League Soccer Best XI after leading the Timbers to a first-place finish in MLSs Western Conference with a 14-5-15 record. In his first year in the Pacific Northwest after five seasons with Real Salt Lake, the 26-year-old set MLS career marks in goals (9), assists (5), points (23) and minutes played (5,250). He played the full 90 minutes in all 28 regular-season appearances. Johnson called it a year "of coming into my own." "I loved having that responsibility of leading this group," he said of being given the captains armband by coach Caleb Porter. "It was a welcomed challenge for me, something I just really got excited about and it just gave me a passion to excel and take my game to the next level." Johnsons hard-nosed play and leadership won admirers around the league, with Toronto FC casting envious eyes at him during the season. He is the 14th winner of the award and the third from MLS ranks, following Dwayne De Rosario and Pat Onstad. Atiba Hutchinson was runner-up in voting by Canadian media, coaches and clubs. Midfielders Patrice Bernier of the Montreal Impact and Russell Teibert of the Vancouver Whitecaps were third and fourth, respectively. On the national team front, Johnson was part of Canadas CONCACAF Gold Cup squad but was sent home early due to illness. He had one assist in three appearances for Canada, with club duties restricting his time with the national team. Johnson said he looks forward to spending more time with the Canadian team, which is in a period of transition under new coach Benito Flores. Born to English parents, Johnson holds Canadian, American and English citizenship. He moved to England as an infant and then came to the Chicago arrea at the age of 10. Cheap Shoes Australia. After spending 2005 with the Chicago Fire, he went to Europe where he played for Heerenveen and De Graafschap in the Netherlands. Johnson says he is enjoying Portland and MLS but would be open to the right opportunity. "Id love to stay here, Im very happy here but Im not tied down here for too long so well see," he told a media conference call. "I do feel I have the quality to play in Europe but I also have a young family now." he added. "It has to be the right situation. Going to Scandinavia does not interest me. Top leagues in Europe would interest me but other than that, at my age with a young family, MLS is a great league. I very much enjoy playing here, I enjoy being an ambassador for the league. I love being part of the growth of this league. "So it would have to be something very special to entice me to leave a league I very much enjoy playing in." After beating archrival Seattle, Portland lost to Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final. Real Salt Lake also ousted the Timbers in the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup. "Weve got to take that next step now," Johnson said of Portland. "We set the platform and the minimum requirements that we all expect out of ourselves. I think that hunger will translate over to next year. "On a positive note, we now have guys who have played in the playoffs, have won a playoff series, have experienced what its like to get in there ... This will not be an acceptable season next year, thats for sure. The bars been set." Canadas female player of the year will be announced Friday with national team captain Christine Sinclair a favourite to claim the award for a 10th straight year and 11th overall. Dylan Carreiro and Kadeisha Buchanan were earlier named under-20 players of the year. Marco Carducci and Sura Yekka took under-17 honours. The awards are sponsored by BMO. ' ' '
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