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    Columbus Blue Jackets

    Columbus Blue Jackets
    2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets season
    Conference Eastern
    Division Metropolitan
    Founded June 25, 1997
    History Columbus Blue Jackets
    Home arena Nationwide Arena
    City Columbus, Ohio
    Colors Union blue, goal red, capital silver, white
    Media Fox Sports Ohio
    CD1025 (102.5 FM)
    ESPN Columbus (1460 AM)
    The Fan (97.1 FM)
    Owner(s) John P. McConnell[1]
    General manager Jarmo Kekäläinen
    Head coach Todd Richards
    Captain Vacant
    Minor league affiliates Springfield Falcons (AHL)
    Evansville IceMen (ECHL)
    Stanley Cups 0
    Conference championships 0
    Presidents' Trophies 0
    Division championships 0
    Official website

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

    Preceded in Ohio's capital by the Columbus Chill of the ECHL and the state of Ohio in general by the Cleveland Barons, the Blue Jackets were founded as an expansion team in 2000.[2] The team qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 2009.[3]

    The Blue Jackets' name and logos were inspired by Ohio's Civil War history. Rick Nash, David Vyborny, Ray Whitney, Bryan Berard, Fredrik Modin, Steve Mason, Jack Johnson, Marián Gáborík and Sergei Fedorov are some of the more prominent NHL figures to have donned a Columbus jersey. The Blue Jackets play their home games at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which opened in 2000. They are affiliated with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL and the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL.

    Columbus Blue Jackets Franchise history

    Columbus Blue Jackets 1997–2000: Building a new franchise

    After the Cleveland Barons left in 1978, Ohio's hockey fans had to wait 22 years to host another NHL team. A franchise would emerge from state capital Columbus, where hockey popularity was rising due to the ECHL's Columbus Chill.[4] 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.[2] The voters of Columbus were considering a referendum to build a publicly financed arena, a major step toward approval of their NHL bid.[5] When League Commissioner Gary Bettman 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.[6]

    Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    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.[2] Afterwards a “Name the Team” contest was held with the help from Wendy's throughout central Ohio during the month of August 1997. Out of 14,000 submitted entries, the franchise with help from the NHL narrowed the 14,000 entries down to 10 names. Then with the information received from owner John H. 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 American Civil War, was eventually announced as the team name in November.[7]

    On June 23, 2000, the NHL's two newest teams, the Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild, took part in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft in Calgary, Alberta. Under the draft's rules, 26 of the NHL's active 28 teams were allowed to protect one goaltender, five defensemen, and nine forwards, or two goaltenders, three defensemen, and seven forwards. The Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators 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.[8]

    With the first-overall choice, the Blue Jackets selected goaltender Rick Tabaracci from the Colorado Avalanche.[9] Over the course of the draft, Columbus picked up goalie Dwayne Roloson, defensemen Lyle Odelein and Mathieu Schneider, and forwards Geoff Sanderson, Turner Stevenson, and Dallas Drake, among others.[10] Instead of joining Columbus, Roloson signed with the American Hockey League's Worcester IceCats,[11] Schneider left for the Los Angeles Kings,[12] and the St. Louis Blues signed Drake.[13] Columbus also traded Stevenson to the New Jersey Devils to complete an earlier transaction.[14]

    The Blue Jackets and Wild were granted concessions by some franchises who could not protect their full rosters. The San Jose Sharks traded Jan Caloun, a ninth-round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, and a 2001 conditional pick to Columbus;[15] in return, the Blue Jackets agreed not to select the Sharks' unprotected goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.[16] On June 24, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Columbus selected Rostislav Klesla fourth overall.[17]

    Columbus Blue Jackets 2000–05: Early years

    Logo 2000–2007

    The Blue Jackets played their first regular-season game on October 7, 2000, a 5–3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Bruce Gardiner scored the franchise's first goal.[18] Columbus finished with a 28–39–9–6 record for 71 points, last in the Central Division, and failed to qualify for the playoffs.[19] Geoff Sanderson became the first player in team history to score 30 goals. Ron Tugnutt, who was signed in the summer of 2000, supplied solid goaltending with 22 wins, which tied the 74-year-old League record for wins by an expansion-team goalie (New York Rangers' Lorne Chabot also had 22 wins in 1926–27).[20]

    The Blue Jackets finished next-to-last in the NHL in the following season, with only 57 points.[21] Ray Whitney, acquired from the Florida Panthers the previous season, led the team in scoring with 61 points, setting a franchise record.[22] Tragedy struck the Blue Jackets organization in March 2002 when 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil was killed after a deflected puck shot by Espen Knutsen struck her in the head while she was in the stands at 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.[23] The team also wore small red hearts with the initials "BNC" on their helmets.[24]

    During the offseason, the Blue Jackets traded a second-round pick (32nd overall) and Tugnutt to the Dallas Stars. In return, Columbus received Dallas's first-round pick (20th overall) in the 2002 draft.[25] On the morning of the draft, Columbus traded the third-overall pick and the option to flip draft spots in 2003 to the Florida Panthers; in return Columbus received the first-overall pick, which they used to select Rick Nash.[26]

    The 2002–03 season started with Columbus putting up a 7–5–1–1 record after the first 14 games.[27] 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 and missing the playoffs once again.[28] Dave King, who had been the team's head coach since their debut in 2000, was fired midseason and replaced by general manager Doug MacLean.[29][30] Marc Denis 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 St. Louis Blues' Grant Fuhr in the 1995–96 season.[31][32]

    Alternate logo used from the 2000–01 season until the 2004–05 season

    The 2003–04 season was another losing season for the Blue Jackets despite key additions in the offseason. Checking center Todd Marchant was signed to a five-year contract in July from the Edmonton Oilers.[33] Defenseman Darryl Sydor, known to play strong offense as well, was acquired from the Dallas Stars for Mike Sillinger and a draft pick. MacLean stepped aside as head coach midway through the season, giving way to Gerard Gallant.[34] 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 Chicago Blackhawks. Nash was one of the few bright spots for the team; his 41 goals tied Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk for the Rocket Richard Trophy (as League leader in goals scored).[35]

    Civil War cap shoulder patch 2003/04 - Present

    In the 2004 offseason, the League's Players' Association and the League's administration failed to renew their collective bargaining agreement. September 14, 2004 marked the beginning of the lockout of the 2004–05 season. No games were played and the Stanley Cup was not awarded for the first time since the flu epidemic of 1919.[36] An agreement was made on July 13, 2005 and the lockout officially ended nine days later on July 22, 2005.

    Columbus Blue Jackets 2005-2013: Post-lockout

    In the summer of 2005, rugged Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote agreed to a 3-year deal with the team.[37] Heading into the 2005–06 season, it appeared the Blue Jackets would finally take the next step and make the playoffs. Instead, injuries to Nash, Klesla, and Gilbert Brule, the team's 2005 first-round pick,[38] led to the team putting up a dismal 9–25–1 record through its first 35 games.[39] Superstar Sergei Fedorov was acquired from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks; Anaheim received Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin, and later claimed Todd Marchant off waivers.[40] 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).[19] For the first time ever, they earned a third-place finish in the Central Division, behind Detroit and Nashville.[41]

    The 2006–07 season saw several changes made to the team. In the offseason, Marc Denis was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Fredrik Modin and goaltending prospect Fredrik Norrena, making way for Pascal Leclaire to take the starting job.[42] The Blue Jackets also signed Anson Carter when it looked as if Nikolay Zherdev would be playing the season in Russia;[43] in late September, however, Zherdev and General Manager Doug MacLean were able to reach a compromise.[44] Partway through the season, on November 13, 2006, Gerard Gallant was relieved of his duties as head coach. The next day, Gary Agnew was named his interim replacement. On November 22, Ken Hitchcock, former coach of the Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers, was named the new head coach, effective the following day.[45] 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 Ottawa Senators,[46] 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 Detroit Red Wings.[47]

    Former Captain Rick Nash

    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.,[48] was named President of the club, while Assistant General Manager Jim Clark served as General Manager until the Blue Jackets named Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager Scott Howson as the new general manager on June 15, 2007.[19][49]

    On October 4, 2007, the Blue Jackets announced their affiliation with the Elmira Jackals, which replaced their former affiliation with the Dayton Bombers as the club's ECHL affiliate.[50]

    The 2007–08 season, 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 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. At the trade deadline on February 26, 2008, however, apparently unable to agree on a new contract and amid some controversy,[51] Blue Jackets captain Adam Foote requested a trade to the Colorado Avalanche, 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.[52] Despite this, Columbus managed its best season record to date, staying above a .500 game wins average until the very last game of the season and finishing fourth in the Central Division with 80 points.[53] After the season, Nash was announced as the cover player for the NHL 2K9 video game by Take-Two Interactive.[54]

    At the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Blue Jackets selected Nikita Filatov 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 Edmonton Oilers for Raffi Torres. Enigmatic forward Nikolay Zherdev and Dan Fritsche were traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for defensemen Fedor Tyutin 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.[55]

    On August 22, 2008, the Johnstown Chiefs were announced as the new ECHL affiliate for the Blue Jackets, as well as their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.[56]

    During the 2008–09 NHL season, the Blue Jackets made two trades which greatly played to their benefit. Forward Jason Williams was acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers 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 Ottawa Senators 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.

    On April 8, 2009, the Columbus Blue Jackets secured the first Stanley Cup Playoff berth in the franchise's eight-year history with a 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks.[57]

    With 21 games remaining and sitting 4 points out of 8th in the Western Conference, the Blue Jackets dealt long time defenseman Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers to the Phoenix Coyotes for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepistö at the trade deadline (February 28, 2011).

    In the offseason of 2011, in an attempt to make a serious playoff run, the Blue Jackets traded Jakub Voracek, their 2011 1st round pick (Sean Couturier), and a 3rd round pick (Nick Cousins) to the Philadelphia Flyers for All-Star center Jeff Carter. They also signed several free agents: James Wisniewski, Vaclav Prospal, and 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 Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and a conditional 1st round pick after playing just 39 games with the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets also traded veteran centers Antoine Vermette and Samuel Påhlsson 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 Scott Howson publicly announced that he had privately requested a trade, a move that has stirred up much controversy.[58][59]

    Nash was eventually traded to the New York Rangers on July 23, 2012 for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, prospect Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick.[60] At the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Blue Jackets traded their 2nd and 4th round picks to the Philadelphia Flyers for the eventual winner of the 2013 Vezina Trophy, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

    The 2012–13 lockout and season saw changes to the executive and front office of the organization. John Davidson was named as President of Hockey Operations for the Blue Jackets on October 24.[61] On February 12, Scott Howson was relieved of his duties as general manager.[62][63] Jarmo Kekalainen, who had previously worked with Davidson in St. Louis, was hired away from Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League to be the new general manager the next day. The Blue Jackets then traded for all-star forward Marian Gaborik. The Blue Jackets just missed the playoffs via a tiebreaker against the Minnesota Wild, who had more non-shootout wins.

    Columbus Blue Jackets 2013-present: Division Realignment

    The Blue Jackets moved into the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in the 2013–14 season after spending its first thirteen seasons in the Central Division of the Western Conference. The other teams in the Metropolitan Division will consist of the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, the latter six of which once comprised the old Patrick Division.[64][65]

    Columbus Blue Jackets Team information

    Columbus Blue Jackets Team name

    The name "Blue Jackets" was chosen to celebrate "patriotism, pride, and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio and city of Columbus."[66] 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 Custer. Columbus itself was host to large military bases, Camp Chase and Camp Thomas, which saw hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers and thousands of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War.

    Columbus Blue Jackets Logo and jerseys

    The team logo is a stylized version of the flag of Ohio, which is a burgee (i.e. swallowtail pennant), in the form of a "C" wrapped around a star, representing both patriotism and Columbus' status as state capital.[7][67] Previously used as an alternate logo starting in 2003,[7] it became the primary logo as part of a Reebok-sponsored redesign for the 2007–08 season.[68] 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 green hockey stick cutting through the center to represent the “J.” An additional star atop the stick represented Columbus' status as state capital.[7] The team's jerseys feature an alternate logo, a Civil War cap with crossed hockey sticks, on the shoulders.

    The Blue Jackets unveiled a new third jersey in the 2010-2011 season, using a vintage hockey sweater 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.

    Columbus Blue Jackets "The Cannon"

    the cannon at Nationwide

    Prior to the start of the 2007–08 season, the Blue Jackets organization brought a hand-made replica 1857 Napoleon cannon into Nationwide Arena. 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). 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.

    Columbus Blue Jackets Broadcasters

    On Danny Gare.

    On radio stations Bob McElligott. Matthews has been calling Blue Jackets games since the team's inception in 2000, while Rimer started calling games on television in 2005.

    Fox Sports Ohio, which broadcasts 79 games per season, airs pre-game and post-game shows ("Blue Jackets Live") for each game. Pre-game and post-game shows were hosted by Ray Crawford and Bill Davidge (Ray Crawford moved to Chicago at the end of the 2011-2012 season and has since been replaced by former [71]

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    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.[72] The image of Stinger was on the original Blue Jackets' jerseys, eventually being removed in 2005. The team also had another mascot, an antropomorphic cannon named Boomer, for half of the 2010-11 season.[73][74]

    Columbus Blue Jackets 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

    Records as of June 14, 2013

    Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA Finish Playoffs
    2008–09 82 41 31 10 92 226 230 4th, Central Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Red Wings)
    2009–10 82 32 35 15 79 216 259 5th, Central Did not qualify
    2010–11 82 34 35 13 81 215 258 5th, Central Did not qualify
    2011–12 82 29 46 7 65 202 262 5th, Central Did not qualify
    2012–13 48 24 17 7 55 120 119 4th, Central Did not qualify

    Columbus Blue Jackets Players

    Columbus Blue Jackets Current roster

    Updated January 17, 2014.[75][76]

    # Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
    42 Russia Anisimov, ArtemArtem Anisimov C L 25 2012 Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
    13 United States Atkinson, CamCam Atkinson RW R 24 2008 Riverside, Connecticut
    72 Russia Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky G L 25 2012 Novokuznetsk, Soviet Union
    40 United States Boll, JaredJared Boll (AInjured Reserve RW R 27 2005 Charlotte, North Carolina
    11 Canada Calvert, MattMatt Calvert LW L 24 2008 Brandon, Manitoba
    14 Canada Comeau, BlakeBlake Comeau RW R 27 2013 Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
    17 United States Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky (A) C/LW L 27 2012 Anchorage, Alaska
    71 United States Foligno, NickNick Foligno LW L 26 2012 Buffalo, New York
    10 Slovakia Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik Injured Reserve RW L 31 2013 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
    8 Canada Horton, NathanNathan Horton RW R 28 2013 Welland, Ontario
    38 Canada Jenner, BooneBoone Jenner C L 20 2011 London, Ontario
    19 Canada Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen C R 21 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia
    7 United States Johnson, JackJack Johnson (A) D L 27 2012 Indianapolis, Indiana
    55 Canada Letestu, MarkMark Letestu (A) C R 28 2011 Elk Point, Alberta
    24 Canada MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie C L 32 2007 Sudbury, Ontario
    31 Canada McElhinney, CurtisCurtis McElhinney G L 30 2012 London, Ontario
    27 Canada Murray, RyanRyan Murray D L 20 2012 White City, Saskatchewan
    6 Russia Nikitin, NikitaNikita Nikitin D L 27 2011 Omsk, Soviet Union
    47 Canada Prout, DaltonDalton Prout D R 23 2010 LaSalle, Quebec
    58 Canada Savard, DavidDavid Savard D R 23 2009 Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
    5 United States Skille, JackJack Skille Injured Reserve RW R 26 2013 Madison, Wisconsin
    26 United States Tropp, CoreyCorey Tropp RW R 24 2013 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
    51 Russia Tyutin, FedorFedor Tyutin D L 30 2008 Izhevsk, Soviet Union
    18 United States Umberger, R. J.R. J. Umberger C/LW L 31 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    21 United States Wisniewski, JamesJames Wisniewski (A) D R 29 2011 Canton, Michigan

    Columbus Blue Jackets Team Captains

    All the players who have served as team captain or alternate captains with the Columbus franchise:

    Columbus Blue Jackets Captains

    Columbus Blue Jackets Alternate Captains

    Columbus Blue Jackets First Round Draft Picks

    Year Pick Player Position Country Previous team (League) Notes
    2000 4 Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla Defense  Czech Republic Brampton Battalion (OHL)
    2001 8 Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire Goaltender  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
    2002 1* Nash, RickRick Nash Left Wing  Canada London Knights (OHL) [a]
    2003 4 Zherdev, NikolayNikolay Zherdev Right Wing  Russia CSKA Moscow (RSL)
    2004 8 Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard Left Wing  Canada Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL) [b]
    2005 6 Brule, GilbertGilbert Brule Center  Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
    2006 6 Brassard, DerickDerick Brassard Center  Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
    2007 7 Voracek, JakubJakub Voracek Right Wing  Czech Republic Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
    2008 6 Filatov, NikitaNikita Filatov Left Wing  Russia CSKA Moscow (RSL)
    2009 21 Moore, JohnJohn Moore Defense  United States Chicago Steel (USHL)
    2010 4 Johansen, RyanRyan Johansen Center  Canada Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    2011 No pick[c]
    2012 2 Murray, RyanRyan Murray Defense  Canada Everett Silvertips (WHL)
    2013 14 Wennberg, AlexanderAlexander Wennberg Center  Sweden Frölunda HC (SEL)
    2013 19 Rychel, KerbyKerby Rychel Left Wing  Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
    2013 27 Dano, MarkoMarko Dano Right Wing  Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
    Selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
    * Selected number one overall
    0 NHL games played


    Columbus Blue Jackets Honored members

    John H. McConnell

    Hall of Famers

    The Blue Jackets have not had any members of the Hockey Hall of Fame associated with their organization.

    Retired numbers

    Columbus Blue Jackets retired numbers
    Player Position Tenure N° Retirement
    991 Wayne Gretzky C February 6, 2000
    (No banner at Nationwide Arena)[82]
    • 1 The Blue Jackets have yet to retire any of their own numbers. However, Wayne Gretzky's number 99 was retired league-wide on February 6, 2000.

    Columbus Blue Jackets Franchise scoring leaders

    These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history.[83]

    Player Seasons Pos GP G A Pts +/ PIM
    Rick Nash 2002–12 LW 674 289 258 547 -71 −71 568
    David Výborný 2000–08 RW 543 113 204 317 -48 −48 228
    R. J. Umberger 2008–Present LW 371 102 114 216 -30 −30 174
    Nikolay Zherdev 2003–08 RW 283 76 105 181 -52 −52 164
    Derick Brassard 2007–13 C 309 58 111 169 -42 −42 184
    Geoff Sanderson 2000–06 LW 261 88 80 168 -25 −25 126
    Antoine Vermette 2008–12 C 241 61 91 152 -10 −10 112
    Fedor Tyutin 2008–Present D 356 33 117 150 -30 −30 239
    Manny Malhotra 2003–09 C 344 53 92 145 -6 −6 203
    Kristian Huselius 2008–12 LW 189 58 84 142 -22 −22 92

         = current Blue Jackets player

    Columbus Blue Jackets NHL awards and trophies

    Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy

    Calder Memorial Trophy

    NHL Foundation Player Award

    Vezina Trophy

    NHL First All-Star Team

    Columbus Blue Jackets Single-season records

    See also: Columbus Blue Jackets' Record Book PDF (533 KB)

    Columbus Blue Jackets See also

    Columbus Blue Jackets References

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    5. ^ Minium, Harry (1997-01-14). "With Arena Deal In Hand, Underdog Shinn May Have An Advantage". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
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