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The Columbus Blue Jackets (often simply referred to as the Jackets) are a professional
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team based in
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. They compete in the
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(NHL) as a member of the
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in the Eastern Conference, and began play as an expansion team in
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. The Blue Jackets struggled in their initial years, failing to win 30 games in a season until 2005–06. The team qualified for the
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for the first time in
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, but were swept by the
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. Columbus ultimately notched their first playoff game victory in the 2014 playoffs, and won their first playoff series in the 2019 playoffs against the
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, becoming the first team in NHL history to sweep a
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Presidents' Trophy
winner in the first round. The Blue Jackets' name and logos are inspired by Ohio's Civil War history. The Blue Jackets play their home games at
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Nationwide Arena
in downtown Columbus, which opened in 2000. They are affiliated with the
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of the
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.


Franchise history


Building a new franchise (1997–2000)

Prior to the establishment of the Blue Jackets, the last NHL team in the state of Ohio was the Cleveland Barons, who played from 1976 to 1978. In Columbus, the Blue Jackets replaced the
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Columbus Chill
of the
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, who played in the city from 1991 to 1999. The Chill played at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum, where they set a
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record by selling out 83 consecutive games. In November 1996, five investors formed a partnership called Columbus Hockey Limited, who then submitted an application and a $100,000 fee to the NHL office. The voters of Columbus were considering a referendum to build a publicly financed arena, a major step toward approval of their NHL bid. When League Commissioner
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visited Columbus to meet with the community's leaders about the franchise proposal, there was concern that the voters might not pass the needed referendum. The civic leaders told Bettman that they would not be willing to foot the bill for the team if the referendum failed. However, just after the meeting adjourned, John H. McConnell (one of those who entered the bid) privately guaranteed Bettman that an arena would be built, referendum or not. Columbus' hopes for the bid dimmed when the May referendum failed. However, Nationwide announced on May 31, 1997, that it would finance the $150-million arena. Subsequently, on June 25, 1997, the NHL announced that Columbus would receive a new franchise. Afterwards a "Name the Team" contest was held with the help of
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throughout central Ohio during the month of August 1997. The franchise received 14,000 entries and, with help from the NHL, narrowed the list down to 10 names. Then, with the information received from owner McConnell regarding Columbus' history, the league and the franchise narrowed the list of potential names down to two – Blue Jackets and Justice. The former, which referenced Ohio's contributions to the
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, was eventually announced as the team name in November. On June 23, 2000, the NHL's two newest teams, the Blue Jackets and the
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, took part in the
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in
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,
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. Under the draft's rules, 26 of the NHL's active 28 teams were allowed to protect one
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goaltender
, five
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, and nine forwards, or two goaltenders, three defensemen, and seven forwards. The
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and
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both had their full rosters protected because they were the two newest teams, only being in existence for one and two years, respectively. Both the Blue Jackets and Wild had to use their first 24 selections on three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and thirteen forwards. Their final two picks could be players of any position. With the first-overall choice, the Blue Jackets selected goaltender Rick Tabaracci from the
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. Over the course of the draft, Columbus picked up goalie
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, defensemen
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and
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, and forwards
Geoff Sanderson Geoffrey M. Sanderson (born February 1, 1972) is a Canadians, Canadian former professional ice hockey Winger (ice hockey), left winger, most notably for the Hartford Whalers and Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Playing ...

Geoff Sanderson
,
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and Dallas Drake, among others. Instead of joining Columbus, Roloson signed with the
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, Schneider left for the
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, and the
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signed Drake. Columbus also traded Stevenson to the
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to complete an earlier transaction. The Blue Jackets and Wild were granted concessions by some franchises who could not protect their full rosters. The
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San Jose Sharks
traded Jan Caloun, a ninth-round pick in the
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, and a
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conditional pick to Columbus; in return, the Blue Jackets agreed not to select the Sharks' unprotected
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goaltender
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. On June 24, at the
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, Columbus selected
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Rostislav Klesla
fourth overall.


Early years (2000–2005)

The Blue Jackets played their first regular season game on October 7, 2000, a 5–3 loss to the
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. Bruce Gardiner scored the franchise's first goal. Columbus finished with a 28–39–9–6 record for 71 points, last in the Central Division, and failed to qualify for the
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.
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Geoff Sanderson
became the first player in team history to score 30 goals.
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, who was signed in the summer of 2000, supplied solid goaltending with 22 wins, which tied the 74-year-old NHL record for wins by an expansion-team goaltender (
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'
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also had 22 wins in 1926–27). The Blue Jackets finished next-to-last in the NHL in the following season, with only 57 points. Ray Whitney, acquired from the
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the previous season, led the team in scoring with 61 points, setting a franchise record. Tragedy struck the Blue Jackets organization in March 2002 when 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil was killed after a deflected puck shot by
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struck her in the head while she was in the stands at
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Nationwide Arena
. As a result of her death, large nylon mesh nets were installed behind the goals in all NHL arenas to shield spectators from pucks going over the glass. The team also wore small red hearts with the initials "BNC" on their helmets. During the off-season, the Blue Jackets traded a second-round draft pick (32nd overall) and Ron Tugnutt to the
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in exchange for Dallas' first-round pick (20th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft. On the morning of the draft, Columbus traded the third-overall pick and the option to flip draft spots in
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to the
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; in return, Columbus received the first-overall pick, which they used to select
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Rick Nash
. The 2002–03 season started with Columbus putting up a 7–5–1–1 record after the first 14 games. However, as expectations from their fans grew higher, the team came back to mediocrity, finishing last in the Central Division for the third consecutive season with 69 points and missing the playoffs once again. Dave King, who had been the team's head coach since their debut in 2000, was fired mid-season and replaced by general manager
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Doug MacLean
.
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was named starting goalie; he played a franchise-record 77 games that season and set a league record with 4,511 minutes played in 2002–03. He tied for second all-time for games played in a season by a goaltender, just two shy of the league record held by
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'
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Grant Fuhr
in the 1995–96 season. The 2003–04 season was another losing season for the Blue Jackets despite key additions in the off-season. Checking center
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Todd Marchant
was signed to a five-year contract in July from the
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. Defenseman
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, known to play strong offense as well, was acquired from the Dallas Stars for
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and a draft pick. MacLean stepped aside as head coach midway through the season, giving way to Gerard Gallant. The Blue Jackets finished with just 62 points (the second-lowest total in their short history), but it was enough to help them break out of last place in the Central Division for the first time, finishing ahead of the
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. Nash was one of the few bright spots for the team; his 41 goals tied
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Jarome Iginla
and
Ilya Kovalchuk Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk (russian: Илья Валерьевич Ковальчук; born April 15, 1983) is a Russian professional ice hockey Winger (ice hockey), winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He previously played for t ...

Ilya Kovalchuk
for the
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(as League leader in goals scored). In the 2004 off-season, the
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(NHLPA) and NHL administration failed to renew their
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. September 14, 2004, marked the beginning of the lockout of the 2004–05 season. No games were played and the
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was not awarded for the first time since the flu epidemic of 1919. An agreement was made on July 13, 2005, and the lockout officially ended nine days later on July 22, 2005.


Rick Nash-era and rebuilding (2005–2012)

In the summer of 2005, rugged
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defenseman
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Adam Foote
agreed to a three-year deal with the team. Heading into the 2005–06 season, it appeared the Blue Jackets would finally take the next step and make the playoffs. Instead, injuries to Rick Nash, Rostislav Klesla and , the team's
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first-round pick, led to the team putting up a dismal 9–25–1 record through its first 35 games. Superstar
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Sergei Fedorov
was acquired from the
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; Anaheim received Tyler Wright and
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, and later claimed
Todd Marchant Todd Michael Marchant (born August 12, 1973) is an American former professional ice hockey Ice hockey is a contact Contact may refer to: Interaction Physical interaction * Contact (geology)A geological contact is a boundary which sepa ...

Todd Marchant
off waivers. While again failing to make the playoffs, Columbus did manage to improve. They had the best overtime record in the NHL (14–4) and finished the season with franchise records for wins (35) and points (74). For the first time ever, they earned a third-place finish in the Central Division, behind Detroit and Nashville. The 2006–07 season saw several changes made to the team. In the off-season,
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was dealt to the
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for forward
Fredrik Modin Jan Fredrik "Freddy" Modin (born 8 October 1974) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey Winger (ice hockey), left winger who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and most notably won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightni ...

Fredrik Modin
and goaltending prospect , making way for
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Pascal Leclaire
to take the starting job. The Blue Jackets also signed
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Anson Carter
when it looked as if
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would be playing the season in Russia; in late September, however, Zherdev and general manager
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Doug MacLean
were able to reach a compromise. Partway through the season, on November 13, 2006, Gerard Gallant was relieved of his duties as head coach. The next day,
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was named his interim replacement. On November 22,
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, former coach of the
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and
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, was named the new head coach, effective the following day. Under Hitchcock's first year, two milestones were set: on December 10, 2006, the Blue Jackets scored a team-record five power-play goals in a 6–2 win over the
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, and on April 3, 2007, the Blue Jackets broke the modern-day record for most times being shut-out in a season (16) with a 3–0 loss to the
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. On April 18, 2007, Doug MacLean, the team's first general manager and president, was fired after nine years and six seasons at the helm without a playoff berth. Mike Priest, president of Blue Jackets parent company JMAC, Inc., was named president of the club, while Assistant general manager Jim Clark served as general manager until the Blue Jackets named
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Edmonton Oilers
Assistant general manager
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as the new general manager on June 15, 2007. On October 4, 2007, the Blue Jackets announced their affiliation with the
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, which replaced their former affiliation with the
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as the club's
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affiliate. The
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, the club's first full season under Hitchcock, started off well as the Jackets got off to their best start in franchise history, starting with a 4–0 shutout of the defending
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. At the trade deadline on February 26, 2008, however, apparently unable to agree on a new contract and amid some controversy, Blue Jackets captain
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requested a trade to the
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, which was granted. The Blue Jackets received a pair of conditional picks in return. A few weeks later, on March 12, 2008, former Blue Jackets number-one draft pick Rick Nash was named the new team captain. Despite this, Columbus managed its best season record to date, staying above a .500 game wins average until the final game of the season and finishing fourth in the Central Division with 80 points. After the season, Nash was announced as the cover player for the ''
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'' video game by
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. At the
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, the Blue Jackets selected
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with the sixth overall pick. They also traded away the 19th overall pick (acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Adam Foote) for R. J. Umberger. The Blue Jackets made many trades in the 2008 off-season. Gilbert Brule was traded to the
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for
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. Enigmatic forward Nikolay Zherdev and
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were traded to the
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in exchange for defensemen
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and Christian Backman. The Blue Jackets also signed free agents Kristian Huselius and Mike Commodore to multi-year contracts. On July 9, 2008, the Blue Jackets announced they signed Hitchcock to a three-year extension to remain as head coach. During the 2008–09 NHL season, 2008–09 season, the Blue Jackets made two trades which greatly played to their benefit. Forward Jason Williams (ice hockey), Jason Williams was acquired from the
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in exchange for defenseman Clay Wilson and a sixth-round draft pick. The Blue Jackets were also involved with the first major deal of the 2009 NHL trade deadline, by trading goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a second-round draft pick to the
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for skilled center Antoine Vermette. The changes in scenery benefited both players and the Jackets; Williams scored 28 points in his first 36 games as a Jacket, while Vermette scored 11 points in his first 14 games with the team. Rick Nash scored 79 points throughout the season, setting a franchise record. On April 8, 2009, the Columbus Blue Jackets secured the first Stanley Cup playoffs, Stanley Cup playoff berth in the franchise's eight-year history with a 4–3 shootout win over the
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. However, they were swept in the first round by the
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in four games, and would not qualify for the playoffs for the next four seasons. With 21 games remaining and sitting four points out of eighth in the Western Conference, the Blue Jackets dealt long time defenseman Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepistö, Sami Lepisto at the trade deadline on February 28, 2011. In the 2011 off-season, in an attempt to make a serious playoff run, the Blue Jackets traded Jakub Voráček, Jakub Voracek, their 2011 first-round pick (Sean Couturier) and a third-round pick (Nick Cousins) to the
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for All-Star center Jeff Carter. They also signed several free agents: James Wisniewski, Václav Prospal, Vaclav Prospal and Radek Martínek, Radek Martinek. However, after a disastrous start to the 2011–12 season that saw the firing of head coach Scott Arniel, Carter was traded to the
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for Jack Johnson (ice hockey), Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick after playing just 39 games with the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets also traded veteran centers Antoine Vermette and Samuel Påhlsson, Samuel Pahlsson for goaltender Curtis McElhinney and several draft picks at the trade deadline. There was also heavy speculation that captain Rick Nash would be traded at the deadline. Although Nash wasn't traded, general manager
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publicly announced that he had privately requested a trade, a move that has stirred up much controversy. Nash was eventually traded to the
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on July 23, 2012, for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, prospect Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick. At the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Blue Jackets traded their second and fourth round picks to the Philadelphia Flyers for the eventual winner of the 2012–13 NHL season, 2013 Vezina Trophy, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The 2012–13 NHL lockout, 2012–13 lockout and season saw changes to the executive and front office of the organization. John Davidson (ice hockey), John Davidson was named as president of hockey operations for the Blue Jackets on October 24. On February 12, Scott Howson was relieved of his duties as general manager. Jarmo Kekäläinen, Jarmo Kekalainen, who had previously worked with Davidson in St. Louis Blues, St. Louis, was hired away from Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga to be the new general manager becoming the first European born general manager in the NHL. The Blue Jackets then traded for All-Star forward Marián Gáborík. The Blue Jackets just missed the playoffs via a tiebreaker against the
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, who had more regulation and overtime wins (ROW).


Move to the Eastern Conference and the John Tortorella era (2013–2021)

The Blue Jackets moved into the
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of the Eastern Conference in the 2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets season, 2013–14 season after spending its first 13 seasons in the Central Division of the Western Conference. The other teams in the Metropolitan Division consist of the Carolina Hurricanes,
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, New York Islanders,
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New York Rangers
,
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, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, the latter six of which once composed the old Patrick Division. On April 9, 2014, the Blue Jackets clinched their second playoff spot in franchise history by winning a 3–1 game against the
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. This game was also noted for being a game resumed after being postponed on March 10, 2014, due to Rich Peverley's cardiac event in which the Blue Jackets led 1–0. The NHL decided to keep the goal scored by Nathan Horton and resumed the game with a full 60 minutes. Nathan Horton made history by being credited for scoring a goal while not suiting up for the game. The Blue Jackets faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (Eastern Conference Quarter-finals) of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. This series had a trend that was noted for making 3–1 leads end up as 4–3 loss. Game 1 and 2 were at the Consol Energy Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The Blue Jackets made a large jump in history when Jack Johnson (ice hockey), Jack Johnson scored the first goal of the game. This was the first time in franchise history that Columbus ever led a post-season game. The Jackets lead the game 3–1 at one point from goals by Mark Letestu and Derek MacKenzie. However, the Penguins rallied to win it 4–3. Game 2 was the opposite. Pittsburgh led 3–1 at one point, but Columbus rallied to win Game 2 4–3 by an overtime goal from Matt Calvert. This was the first playoff victory in franchise history. Pittsburgh won Game 3 by a score of 4–3. Game 4 was a memorable night at
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. Columbus was down 3–0, and 3–1 by the end of the first period. Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen scored to make it 3–2 by the end of the second period. Brandon Dubinsky scored the game-tying goal with 22.5 seconds left in regulation, after a miss-play with the puck by Marc-André Fleury, Marc-Andre Fleury. Nick Foligno went on to score the game-winning goal in overtime. In the locker room during intermission, he supposedly told the team that he will score the game-winner. Pittsburgh, however, went on to win the next two games and took the best-of-seven series in six games. The 2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets season, 2014–15 season was most notable for the number of injuries the Jackets incurred. The Jackets lead the league in man-games lost with 502. At one point, the injured reserve list consisted of 15 players, including stars Sergei Bobrovsky, Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson (ice hockey), Jack Johnson, and Ryan Murray. When the team's injured players began to return in late February, they were able to accumulate wins the way they had the previous two seasons and in the process, set a franchise record earning nine consecutive wins. However, the Blue Jackets still finished fifth in the Metropolitan Division and missed the playoffs by nine points despite a 42–35–5 record. On May 20, 2015, Nick Foligno was named the sixth captain in team history. The position had been vacant since Rick Nash was traded to the New York Rangers in July 2012. On June 30, 2015, the Jackets traded centers Marko Daňo, Marko Dano and Artem Anisimov, along with wingers Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp, to the
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in exchange for Brandon Saad. This move was the subject of much controversy in Chicago since Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman had publicly said that Saad was going to be a part of the organization for many years to come. The Jackets also acquired Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst in the trade. The Jackets signed center Gregory Campbell (ice hockey), Gregory Campbell from the Boston Bruins a few days later. The Blue Jackets initially went into the 2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets season, 2015–16 season with high expectations. However, the team got off to an inauspicious start by losing their first eight regular-season games in regulation. This prompted the Jackets to fire head coach Todd Richards and hire John Tortorella in his place. On January 6, 2016, the Blue Jackets traded Ryan Johansen to the
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in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones (ice hockey), Seth Jones. The Blue Jackets record at the end of the season was 34–40–8, and were ranked 27th overall in the NHL. They closed out the season on a high note, however, as they won the season finale against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, overcoming a 3–0 deficit after the 1st period to win 5–4 in overtime. The Blue Jackets set three franchise records during the 2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets season, 2016–17 season. On November 4, 2016, the Blue Jackets scored a franchise-record ten goals in a 10–0 shutout win against the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first team to do so since 2011 (when the
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beat the Detroit Red Wings 10–3). In mid-November, the Blue Jackets got a franchise record seventh consecutive win at home. During a franchise-record 16-game win streak that started in late November, Tortorella recorded his 500th career win in a 4–3 Blue Jackets overtime win on the road against the Vancouver Canucks, becoming the first American-born head coach to reach 500 wins. The team had a record of 14–0–0 in December. The team's win streak ended in early January when they lost 5–0 to the Washington Capitals. The win streak was the second longest in NHL history behind the 1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins' 17 consecutive games. The team finished with a record of 50–24–8 and 108 points, setting a franchise record. During the first round of the 2017 playoffs, the Blue Jackets were placed in a matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team lost three straight games to begin the series, but won the fourth game to save themselves from elimination. This game in which they won 5–4 marked the Blue Jackets' first regulation win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite this, they would ultimately lose the series in five games. In the following off-season, on June 23, 2017, the Jackets made another deal with the Blackhawks sending Brandon Saad back to Chicago for Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte. The Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs in 2018 as a wild card qualifier, going in back-to-back years for the first time. There they faced the Metropolitan Division champion Washington Capitals in the first round, winning the first two games in overtime and their first series lead. However, they lost the next four games and the series in six games. The Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, the following year, where they swept the
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in the First Round, to win their first ever playoff series, and then lost their Second Round series in six games to the Boston Bruins. The Blue Jackets would lose long-time starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and the team's leader in points, Artemi Panarin, in free agency during the 2019 off-season. However, the team would still qualify for the 2020 playoffs, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games in the Qualifying Round. In a first-round rematch from the previous year, the Blue Jackets lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. During the 2020 off-season, star forward Pierre-Luc Dubois signed a two-year extension with the Blue Jackets, but then requested a trade from the team. After being benched for the second and third periods in what would end up being his last game with the team on January 21, 2021, Dubois and a 2022 third-round pick were traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Patrik Laine and Columbus native Jack Roslovic on January 23. The 2020–21 season was a disappointing one for the Blue Jackets, finishing last in their division. During the season, longtime players David Savard and captain Nick Foligno were traded. After the season, it was announced that coach John Tortorella and the Blue Jackets were mutually parting ways after six seasons. Other faces of the franchise would move on as well, with Seth Jones (ice hockey), Seth Jones traded to the
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, and Cam Atkinson traded to the
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. The franchise also experienced tragedy during the 2021 off-season, as backup goaltender Matīss Kivlenieks, Matiss Kivlenieks tragically died in a fireworks accident on July 4. The team established the Matiss Kivlenieks Memorial Fund in his memory in order to promote the growth of hockey in Columbus and his homeland of Latvia, as well as honoring him before the start of the season opener by raising his number to hang inside Nationwide Arena for the duration of the 2021-22 season; Kivlenieks’ family also performed a ceremonial puck drop and Elvis Merzlikins was allowed to wear #80 during the game in his honor. The Blue Jackets promoted assistant coach Brad Larsen to head coach on June 10, 2021.


Team information


Team name

The name "Blue Jackets" was chosen to celebrate "patriotism, pride, and the rich American Civil War, Civil War history in the state of Ohio and city of Columbus." When President Abraham Lincoln requested that Ohio raise ten regiments at the outbreak of the Civil War, the state responded by raising a total of 23 volunteer infantry regiments for three months of service. Ohio also produced a number of great Civil War figures, including William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Sheridan and George Armstrong Custer, George Custer. Columbus itself was host to large military bases, Camp Chase and Camp Thomas (Ohio), Camp Thomas, which saw hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers and thousands of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War.


Logos and jerseys

The team logo is a stylized version of the flag of Ohio, which is a ''wiktionary:burgee, burgee'' (i.e. swallowtail pennant), in the form of a "C" wrapped around a star, representing both patriotism and Columbus's status as state capital. Previously used as an alternate logo starting in 2003, it became the primary logo as part of a Reebok-sponsored redesign for the
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. The original logo had a red ribbon with 13 stars representing the 13 Colonies, unfurled in the shape of the team's initials, CBJ, with an electric gold hockey stick cutting through the center to represent the "J." An additional star atop the stick represented Columbus's status as state capital. From 2003 to 2015, the team's jerseys featured an alternate logo, a Kepi#North American usage, Civil War cap with crossed hockey sticks, on the shoulders. Since their inception, the Blue Jackets have worn navy and white jerseys with red pants. The jerseys have been tweaked numerous times over the years, mainly in the crest and striping treatment. The Blue Jackets unveiled a new third jersey in the 2010–11 season, using a vintage hockey jersey design. In the spirit of its Civil War theme, it sports a union blue base with white stripes on the sleeves and on the shoulder padding. The crest features the team's Civil War-era cannon. It honors the team's founder, John H. McConnell, with his initials on the neckline, as well as its slogan "We fight, we march!" on the inside of the collar. During the 2015 NHL Draft, it was revealed that the cannon crest had replaced the hat logo on the shoulders of the home and away jerseys, with a color change to match the jerseys' color scheme. For the 2020–21 season, the Blue Jackets would wear "Reverse Retro" alternate uniforms designed by Adidas. The uniform resembled the original white "Stinger" uniforms from 2000 to 2007 but with a red base and white sleeve stripes.


"The Cannon"

Prior to the start of the
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, the Blue Jackets organization brought a hand-made replica Field artillery in the American Civil War#12-pounder Napoleon, 1857 Napoleon cannon into
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. The cannon is "fired" at home games whenever: * the Blue Jackets take the ice at the start of the game * the Blue Jackets score a goal * the Blue Jackets win the game It was fired 164 times in its inaugural season (41 home games, 20 home victories, 103 goals scored at home). When the Blue Jackets score a goal, the title line of "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" by AC/DC is played when the cannon is fired followed by the chorus of "The Whip" by Locksley (band), Locksley.


Broadcast

On Bally Sports Ohio, Jeff Rimer serves as the television play-by-play announcer alongside former Blue Jacket Jody Shelley providing color analysis. Rimer started calling games on television in 2005 with Shelley joining Rimer in 2014–15 replacing previous analyst Bill Davidge. Davidge became co-host of ''Blue Jackets Live'', the televised pre-game, intermission and post-game shows, with Brian Giesenschlag until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2018–2019 season. Beginning with the 2019–2020 season, Giesenschlag's co-host is former Blue Jacket Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre. In-game reporting is provided by Dave Maetzold. On radio stations WBNS-FM (flagship), WBNS (AM), WBNS, WWLG, WWCD, and 34 Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network, other affiliates in Ohio and West Virginia, Bob McElligott provides play-by-play coverage. McElligott joined the Blue Jackets radio broadcast in July 2009 as a color analyst and became the play-by-play analyst for the 2013–14 season, taking over for George Matthews (broadcaster), George Matthews who had been calling Blue Jackets games since the team's inception in 2000. McElligott, along with Dylan Tyrer, hosts the pre-game and post-game radio shows. Fans can interact by e-mail and Twitter with McElligott and Tyrer during and after the game.


Mascot

Stinger is the official mascot of the Blue Jackets. Stinger is a 6-foot 9-inch bright green bug that walks amongst the crowd during the games and skates on the ice between periods while wearing a Blue Jackets jersey and a blue hat. Stingers eyebrows are black hockey sticks. Stinger was originally yellow, but was changed to green, eventually mixing with the team's blue. The image of Stinger was on the original Blue Jackets jerseys, eventually being removed in 2003. The team also had another mascot, an anthropomorphic cannon named Boomer, for half of the 2010–11 season.


In-Game personalities

Leo Welsh is the official anthem singer of the team. Whenever public address announcer Greg Murray introduces him, the fans shout his first name.


Season-by-season record

''This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Blue Jackets. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Columbus Blue Jackets seasons'' ''Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against''


Players


Current roster


Team captains

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, 2000–2002 * Ray Whitney, 2002–2003 * Luke Richardson, 2003–2005 *
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, 2005–2008 *
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Rick Nash
, 2008–2012 * Nick Foligno, 2015–2021 * Boone Jenner, 2021–present


Team member accomplishments


First-round draft picks

* 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 2000:
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Pascal Leclaire
(8th overall) * 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 2002:
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Rick Nash
(1st overall) *
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(4th overall) * 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 2004: Alexandre Picard (ice hockey), Alexandre Picard (8th overall) *
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: (6th overall) * 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 2006: Derick Brassard (6th overall) * 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 2007: Jakub Voráček (7th overall) * 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 2008:
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(6th overall) * 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 2009: John Moore (ice hockey), John Moore (21st overall) * 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 2010: Ryan Johansen (4th overall) * 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 2011: None * 2012 NHL Entry Draft, 2012: Ryan Murray (2nd overall) * 2013 NHL Entry Draft, 2013: Alexander Wennberg (14th overall) * 2013: Kerby Rychel (19th overall) * 2013: Marko Daňo (27th overall) * 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 2014: Sonny Milano (16th overall) * 2015 NHL Entry Draft, 2015: Zach Werenski (8th overall) * 2015: Gabriel Carlsson (29th overall) * 2016 NHL Entry Draft, 2016: Pierre-Luc Dubois (3rd overall) * 2017 NHL Entry Draft, 2017: None * 2018 NHL Entry Draft, 2018: Liam Foudy (18th overall) * 2019 NHL Entry Draft, 2019: None * 2020 NHL Entry Draft, 2020: Yegor Chinakhov (21st overall) * 2021 NHL Entry Draft, 2021: Kent Johnson (ice hockey), Kent Johnson (5th overall) * 2021: Cole Sillinger (12th overall) * 2021: Corson Ceulemans (25th overall)


Retired numbers

* The Blue Jackets will retire
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's No. 61 on March 5, 2022. He will be the first player to have his number retired in franchise history. * Out of circulation is the number 99 which was retired league-wide for Wayne Gretzky on February 6, 2000.


Honored members

* John H. McConnell


Hall of Famers

*
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, C, 2005–2008


Awards and trophies

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, also known as the Rocket Richard Trophy, is awarded annually to the leading goal scorer in the National Hockey League (NHL). It was donated to the NHL by the Montreal Canadiens in and is named in honour of leg ...
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: 2003–04 NHL season, 2003–04 (shared with
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Vezina Trophy * Sergei Bobrovsky: 2012–13 NHL season, 2012–13, 2016–17 NHL season, 2016–17 Calder Memorial Trophy * Steve Mason (ice hockey), Steve Mason: 2008–09 NHL season, 2008–09 King Clancy Memorial Trophy * Nick Foligno: 2016–17 NHL season, 2016–17 Jack Adams Award * John Tortorella: 2016–17 NHL season, 2016–17 Mark Messier Leadership Award * Nick Foligno: 2016–17 NHL season, 2016–17 NHL Foundation Player Award *
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: 2008–09 NHL season, 2008–09 NHL All-Star Team, NHL First All-Star Team * Sergei Bobrovsky: 2012–13 NHL season, 2012–13, 2016–17 NHL season, 2016–17 NHL All-Star Team, NHL Second All-Star Team * Steve Mason (ice hockey), Steve Mason: 2008–09 NHL season, 2008–09 * Seth Jones (ice hockey), Seth Jones: 2017–18 NHL season, 2017–18 NHL All-Rookie Team *
Rostislav Klesla Rostislav "Rusty" Klesla (born March 21, 1982) is a Czechs, Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman. Klesla was selected fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, making him the first ever pick in an entry dra ...

Rostislav Klesla
: 2001–02 NHL season, 2001–02 *
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: 2002–03 NHL season, 2002–03 * Steve Mason (ice hockey), Steve Mason: 2008–09 NHL season, 2008–09 * Zach Werenski: 2016–17 NHL season, 2016–17 * Elvis Merzļikins, Elvis Merzlikins: 2019–20 NHL season, 2019–20


Records


Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top ten-point-scorers in franchise history as of the 2020–21 season. * – current Blue Jackets player ''Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game''


Single-season records

Single-season records include: * Points: Artemi Panarin (2018–19) – 87 * Goals:
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(2003–04) and Cam Atkinson (2018–19) – 41 * Assists: Artemi Panarin (2018–19) – 59 * Game-winning goals: Cam Atkinson (2016–17) – 9 * Penalty minutes: Jody Shelley (2002–03) – 249 * Plus/Minus: David Savard (2016–17) – +33 * Points by a defenseman: Seth Jones (ice hockey), Seth Jones (2017–18) – 57 * Goals by a defenseman: Zach Werenski (2019–20) – 20 * Points by a rookie: Pierre-Luc Dubois (2017–18) – 48 * Wins: Sergei Bobrovsky (2016–17) – 41 * Shutouts in a season: Steve Mason (ice hockey), Steve Mason (2008–09) – 10 * Goals against average: Sergei Bobrovsky (2012–13) – 2.00 * Save percentage: Sergei Bobrovsky (2012–13) – .932 * Saves:
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(2002–03) – 2,172 * Longest shutout streak (time without allowing a goal): Steve Mason (ice hockey), Steve Mason (2008–09) – 199:19 * Team winning streak – 16 games (November 29, 2016 – January 3, 2017)


See also

*
Columbus Chill The Columbus Chill were a professional ice hockey team that played in the East Coast Hockey League from October 1991 through the 1998–99 season. They played at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum in Columbus, Ohio. The Chill left Columbus in 1999 and r ...

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* Columbus Owls * List of Columbus Blue Jackets general managers * List of Columbus Blue Jackets head coaches


Notes


References


External links

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