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Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
Founded 2000
Home ice Nationwide Arena
Based in Columbus
Colours Blue, red
League National Hockey League
Head coach Gerard Gallant
General manager Doug McLean
Owner John H. McConnell

The Columbus Blue Jackets are a National Hockey League team based in Columbus, Ohio.

Founded: 2000 (awarded June 25, 1997)
Arena: Nationwide Arena
Uniform colors: Blue and red
Logo design: A starry ribbon forming the letters "CB" surrounding a hockey stick surmounted by a star.
Stanley Cups won: none
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Franchise history

One of the NHL's newest teams, the Blue Jackets took to the ice for the first time on October 7, 2000, with a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Bruce Gardiner scored the first goal in franchise history.

The team's nickname was selected from suggestions by fans. There are at least four possible factors that may have contributed to the selection of the name.

  • At the time the name was first announced, some media reports speculated that because team owner John H. McConnell's favorite color is blue, he had directed that any name selected for the team must contain the word blue.
  • The logo for the team that was initially unveiled featured "an insect with an attitude," suggesting that the name is a play on the term Yellow Jackets (a form of bee and the nickname of various other teams, including the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets). The insect logo was reduced to secondary status before the team began play and was eliminated entirely during the 2003/2004 season. The only remnants of the insect theme is the team mascot, an insect named Stinger.
  • The name may have been intended to honour the Shawnee leader Blue Jacket, who lived in the region, but the team has not used any Native American symbolism in its marketing.
  • The term Blue Jacket is also a reference to the uniform of the Union army in the American Civil War. The team has included some Civil War references in its marketing, but has not heavily promoted it.

Tragedy struck the Blue Jackets organization when, in March 2002, 13-year-old Brittany Cecil was killed after an errant shot by Espen Knutsen struck her in the head while watching a Columbus-Calgary game in the stands. As a result of this death, nylon mesh nets have now been installed in all NHL arenas above the area behind the goals to shield spectators from flying pucks.

The team has never made the playoffs in its short history, but players like Geoff Sanderson, who scored 34 goals in 2002-03, and first-overall draft pick Rick Nash could change that in the near future. Nash scored 41 goals in 2003-04 to earn a share of the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy.

Players

Current Squad

As of May 26, 2005.

Goaltenders:

Defensemen:

Forwards:

Players of Note

Hall of Famers:

Current stars:

Not to be forgotten:

Retired Numbers:

External links

Columbus Blue Jackets official web site (http://www.bluejackets.com/)

National Hockey League
Current Teams : Anaheim | Atlanta | Boston | Buffalo | Calgary | Carolina | Chicago | Colorado | Columbus | Dallas | Detroit | Edmonton | Florida | Los Angeles | Minnesota | Montreal | Nashville | New Jersey | NY Islanders | NY Rangers | Ottawa | Philadelphia | Phoenix | Pittsburgh | San Jose | St. Louis | Tampa Bay | Toronto | Vancouver | Washington
Trophies and Awards: Stanley Cup | Prince of Wales | Clarence S. Campbell | Presidents' Trophy | Art Ross | Bill Masterton | Calder | Conn Smythe | Hart | Norris | King Clancy | Lady Byng | Lester B. Pearson Award | Rocket Richard | Plus/Minus | Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award | Jennings | Vezina
Related Articles: AHL | ECHL | WHA | World Cup

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