Team Profile: The Columbus Blue Jackets

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are a young team, so their profile is another brief one!

A quick overview of the team:
Eastern Conference
Metropolitan Division
Established: 2000
Arena: Nationwide Arena
AHL Affiliate: Lake Erie Monsters
Owner: John P. McConnell
Coach: John Tortorella
Notable Former Players: Sergei Fedorov, Geoff Sanderson
Current Captain: Nick Foligno
Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky, Joonas Korpisalo, Curtis McElhinney
Notable Current Players: Brandon Saad, Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Seth Jones

Some tidbits about the team:
The NHL announced the approval for Ohio’s team in 1997, and they held a “Name the Team” contest. Receiving 14,000 suggestions, the franchise and the NHL narrowed it down together until they had a name based on Ohio’s history in the Civil War.

The logo uses the Ohio flag, and their alternate jersey has a civil war era cannon on it, as well as the phrase “We Fight, We March!” inside the collar.

The Blue Jackets joined the league in 2000 at the same time as the Minnesota Wild.

When they were originally established, they played in the Central Division.

Lol Jeff Carter notably did not enjoy Columbus.

The Blue Jackets were playing against the Dallas Stars when Rich Peverley had a cardiac event on the bench. The game was postponed, but the score held even though they would play a full sixty minutes. The one goal was scored by Nathan Horton, and he got to keep credit for the goal in the new game despite not actually playing in the new game.

When Rick Nash was traded to the Ranger’s in 2012, the Blue Jackets played without a captain until Foligno was selected in 2015.

Have only made the playoffs twice in franchise history.

The Blue Jackets fire an air cannon at their home arena when: the Jackets take the ice, they score a goal, and they win the game. The cannon is loved by it’s team and hated by their opponents. Several opposing players claim to be startled by it every time it happens. (The cannon is very loud, can attest from personal experience. It is very startling.)


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