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Next Planning Meeting

ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WELCOME

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

LOCATION:
Villa Nova Ristorante,
5545 N. High Street
(between Morse Rd. and 161),
Columbus, Oh 43214.

 RSVP preferred to Julie at president@jacketbackers.org so we can save you a seat!

UPCOMING MEETING DATES:

T 1/13/15

W 2/18/15

W 3/18/15

W 4/15/15

Membership Update

2014-15 Membership as of 11/16/14

514 (76 New and 438 Renewals)

1,446 Subscribers to our Email List

Membership Benchmarks

758 Members 2013 - 14 Season

539 Members 2012 - 13 Season

549 Members 2011 - 12 Season

335 Members 2010 - 11 Season

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Stop by the Jacket Backers Table at Every Home Game!

It is usually located behind section 116, near the escalator from the McConnell Street Entrance, but may be relocated on a game-by-game basis at the Jackets' request.  Feel free to stop by at any game with your questions, comments or just to see what is going on with the Jacket Backers.

Community Power Play

$662 Raised To Date This Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation #CommunityPowerPlay Goal! (updated 11/16/2014)

THIS SEASON the Jacket Backers are again teaming up with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to present our 2nd ANNUAL COMMUNITY POWER PLAY!!   For each Power Play Goal scored by the Blue Jackets, the Jacket Backers will make a donation to the Blue Jackets Foundation – and we’d love it if you’d join us and match!  Use the donation button below to show your support and Celebrate Life and Hockey!

NEW FOR 2014 – 2015 SEASON!!  We’re increasing our donations!!  For the first PP Goal scored in each game, we will donate $20 to the Foundation, for the second PP Goal we will donate $40 more, for the third PP Goal we will donate $60 more and so on. If a PP goal turns out to be our game winner, we will add another $100 to the Foundation.  Help us celebrate the joy of scoring more power play goals!


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Wednesday
Sep162009

September 2009 Newsletter

Our September, 2009 Newsletter is now available. Members (and others on our mailing list) should have received their copy by email. If you believe you should have received a copy and did not, or if you are unable to view the newsletter by email, please contact communications@jacketbackers.org.

To view the newsletter online, click here to download a PDF version of the newsletter.

Saturday
Sep122009

Media Day Interviews

As featured in the September 2009 Newsletter - Click below to download the interviews in WMA format:

Interview with Mike Commodore

Interview with R.J. Umberger

Check out the complete story in the September 2009 Newsletter.

Thursday
Sep102009

Enjoy Some BBQ - Support the Jacket Backers

Dine at City Barbecue - Monday September 14
Powell Location Only
and the Jacket Backers receive 25% of your Purchase Price
 
Valid All Day
Lunch or Dinner
Dine in or Carry out
 
Check out the City BBQ Menu or order online at citybbq.com
 
City Barbecue
3758 W. Powell Road
Powell, OH  43065
 
Flyers must be presented at time of order for the Jacket Backers to receive credit for your purchase!

 

Monday
Aug312009

August Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

Welcome Jacket Backers,

 
Wow!!! August is over and the clock is ticking. There are less than 35 days before the puck drops to begin the new season. Our playoff team returns with some tweaks. Free agent Samuel Pahlsson joins the Jackets along with forwards Michael Blunden, Nikita Filatov, Trevor Frishmon, and Stefan Legein. Defensively, Grant Clitsome, Nick Holden, Andrey Plekhanov, Brent Regner, Mathieu Roy, Jonathan Sigalet, John Moore, and goaltenders Kevin Lalande, Dan LaCosta and Mathieu Garon will also be heading to training camp. Released are Manny Malhotra, Jason Williams, Jiri Novotny, Michael Peca, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Christian Backman Training camp this year is going to be very competitive. If you have an opportunity to go and watch a practice, you should see some good hockey. 
 
Our goalie position seems solid. Steve Mason returns as the Rookie of the Year for 2008/2009 and he has a capable backup in Mathieu Garon. Mathieu has a 94-83-13 career record with a 2.84 goals against average. Don’t overlook Lalande and LaCosta. As we learned last year, it’s good to be deep in goaltending.   
 
On the defensive side, check out John Moore and see how he adapts to the NHL. Watch for Mathieu Roy push to make the team. He has NHL experience with the Oilers and a one-year contract with the Jackets.       
 
Offensively, one big question is who will center the Nash line? Do you keep Nash with Huselius and have Vermette center the line? Do you add speed and have Brassard or maybe Filatov be the center with Jakub Voracek at right wing? Maybe add some muscle and have Umberger center? One thing I am sure of is Nikita Filatov will make the team this year. He has too much talent to be in the minors.       
 
Question marks from last year are the health of Freddy Modin, Jason Chimera and Rusty Klesla. I hope the off-season allowed them to recover.
 
In other news, we are working on getting our members free tickets to a preseason game. Watch for news on our website – www.jacketbackers.org. We are holding a fundraiser on Monday, September 14th at the City BBQ in Powell. A percentage of your check total is donated to the Jacket Backers. Be sure to bring in the flyer so the club will get credit. For more information, check out the website.
 
We are putting together committees for each of our committee chairs. If you have ideas on where to hold a game watching party or where to have some fun, contact the Activities chair. Do you know of a charity that needs some help, contact our Community Development chair. Are you good at scrapping, you may want to contact our Historian chair. Can you sell ice to Eskimos, call our Marketing chair. Do you have any questions you want to ask the Bluejacket players or have a way with words, the Communications chair would like to hear from you. I can always use help setting up and watching the membership table on game nights.      
 
Get involved and have some fun.
 
Here’s to playing hockey in June
 
David Yatsco and the Jacket Backers
Thursday
Aug202009

Early Travel Opportunities

Is it too early to begin planning your hockey road trips? 

Of course not!!

 

The Jacket Backers have a couple of opportunities for early season group tickets, but we have to act fast to take advantage of these pre-sale offers.

To reserve your spot today and make payment arrangements, please contact Anne and Jeff Little at travel@jacketbackers.org.



Phoenix – Saturday, October 10 – 9 pm EST  (Tickets only)

OK.  This trip is for the hearty traveler.  Maybe someone with a lot of accumulated frequent flyer miles or someone trying to accumulate a few miles.  We have an opportunity to acquire group seats at a significant discount for this game.  This game is the Coyotes’ home opener.  Tickets would be $45 for lower bowl corner seats.  We need at least 15 people to secure these prices.  Your commitment with payment is needed by 9/15/09.  If we are unable to reach 15 interested travelers,  all money will be refunded.



Washington Capitals – Sunday, November 1 – 5 pm EST  (Tickets only – Potential Group Hotel)

This game would be the perfect ending to a weekend getaway in the Capitol City.  Tickets are available but going fast – we need your commitment with payment by 9/15/09.  Tickets are $110 for an upper level ticket, …BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  Ticket pricing includes an all-inclusive pre-game buffet with alcoholic beverages and a Capitals Rally Towel and Hat.  Ok, so we know you’d rather have Jackets bonus items.  Think of these items as valuable souvenirs.  We need at least 15 to obtain the group pricing on the game.  If enough are interested, we will also look into lodging somewhere easily accessible on the Metro line with a group discount; we’d provide details on booking and you’re on your own for final arrangements and payment at the hotel.  If we are unable to reach 15 interested travelers, all money will be refunded.

 

Thursday
Jul302009

July Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

Welcome Jacket Backers,

 
The NHL draft occurred on June 26th and 27th and over 2000 hockey hungry fans attended the draft day party at Nationwide Arena. The theme this year for the Blue Jackets turned out to be defense.    Four of our six picks this year were defensemen. At the top of the list is our first round pick and 21st overall - John Moore. John is the USHL Defenseman of the Year and is one of the top ranked players for his position. He has great skating abilities and can handle and shoot the puck effectively. At the recent rookie camp at Nationwide, John lived up to all expectations. Please, don't get your hopes up too high and expect John to start in his first year. Defense is one of the toughest positions to learn. At 18 years of age, I would expect him to play at the junior level at least for a few years in order for him to mature and develop into the overall player he can be. That being said, John has the skills to lead our number one defensive unit.
 
Our second pick and the 56th overall is Kevin Lynch. Kevin, a tough 6'1'' 190lb right-handed shooting center, is a defensive minded forward that gets in the middle of the play on each of his shifts.
 
Our third pick and 94th overall is David Savard. David, a 6'1'' 200lb right-handed shooting defenseman, is a big physical player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He should keep the front of the net clear for our goaltender. He also had 35 assists in 68 games last year so he does have the ability to lead the charge out of our zone and move the puck to our forwards.
 
Our fourth pick and 137th overall is Thomas Larkin. Thomas, a 6'5'' 206lb right-handed shooting defenseman, captained his prep school team and led them to the New England Championship game.
 
Our fifth pick and 167th overall is Anton Blomqvist. Anton, a 6'4'' 189lb defenseman from the Swedish Junior League, is a big physical defenseman with good mobility.  He positions himself well and likes to deliver the big hits.
 
Our sixth pick and 197th overall is Kyle Neuber. Kyle, a 20 year old 6'2'' 225lb right-winger, averaged over 130 penalty minutes his last two seasons playing for Mississauga St Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League.  It looks like we drafted an enforcer. If you want to check him out, go to www.youtube.com and do a search on his name. You will see, Kyle handles himself very well.
 
Our draft this year is emphasizing the future. The majority of the guys we drafted are 18 and 19 years old and will need time to grow and mature.
 
In other news, Jacket Backer elections were held on Saturday, June 27th. The results of the election returned most officers to their existing positions. There were a few changes. Alex Han is the Assistant Secretary, Brian Cluxton is the new Communications Chair, Mike Binger is the Historian Chair and Matt Garrett is now the Marketing Chair.
 
With the release of the 2009/2010 schedule, we are now working on ROAD TRIPS.  Currently, we are looking into going to Washington on November 1st, Detroit on December 26th, St Louis on January 30th, Nashville on November 21st or March 20th and Chicago on March 28th.  Stay tuned for updates.
 
One of the community involvement programs the Jacket Backers participate in is collecting food for the local food pantries.    We are working on a virtual food drive to expand our involvement. Check our website for more details.
 
Here's to playing hockey in June
 
David Yatsco and the Jacket Backers
Monday
Jul062009

Officer Meeting

Officer Meeting

All Members Welcome

Please RSVP to president@jacketbackers.org if planning to attend.

Tuesday, August 18th, 6:30pm

City Barbeque

2111 W. Henderson Road
Columbus,  OH  43220
Tuesday
Jun302009

Jacket Backers Present "Big Check"

During the Draft Party, Friday night at Nationwide Arena, the Jacket Backers presented the Blue Jackets Foundation with a $1,015 donation to help sponsor their Golf Classic in memory of Ryan Salmons.

Pictured are Jacket Backers President - Julie Maurer (left) and Community Service Chair - Kelly Patterson (right) presenting our donation to Stinger and Blue Jackets Foundation Executive Director Wendy Bradshaw (right center).

The Jacket Backers wish to thank everyone who helped contribute to this donation and are looking forward to continued service to our community.

Monday
Jun292009

2009 - 2010 Officers and Committee Chairs

Congratulations to our 2009 - 2010 Officers and Committee Chairs that were elected last Saturday.  Elections were quick, as none of the nominees faced opposition, and all positions were filled.  The quick elections allowed us to do a little brainstorming and planning for next season.  We also were happy to welcome our newest honorary member, Joel Siegman, Manager of Fan Development for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  It was a pleasure for everyone there to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with Joel for next year's events.  Thank you to all who attended and enjoyed the fabulous free lunch!  We are now seeking volunteers for each committee for the upcoming season.  To sign up, please email the committee chair that heads the committee you wish to help with by clicking on their name below, or head to our contacts page under the About Us tab on the website above.

 

 Officers  Committee Chairs
 President - Julie Maurer  Membership - David Yatsco
 Vice President - Adrienne Gossman  Activities - Jessica Jones
 Secretary - Matt Wagner  Communications - Brian Cluxton
 Assistant Secretary - Alex Han  Travel - Anne and Jeff Little
 Treasurer - Brian Maurer  Technical - Brian Maurer
 Assistant Treasurer - Lou Ann Nye  Community Service - Kelly Patterson
   Marketing - Matt Garrett
   Historical - Mike Binger
Thursday
Jun252009

June Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

Welcome Jacket Backers,
 
First, I would like to congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings for an amazing and competitive Stanley Cup finals.  You have to respect both teams for leaving every ounce of effort they had on the ice with the Penguins capturing their third Stanley Cup in the team’s history. 
 
Second, congratulations to Steve Mason for being awarded the NHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2008/2009 season.  Steve is one of the main reasons we made the playoffs for the first time in our history.  Steve outshined his competition by being named the Rookie of the Month twice this season, winning 33 games with a save percentage of .916, a 2.29 goals against average and achieving 10 shutouts in 61 games played.
 
Third, congratulations to Rick Nash for receiving the NHL Foundation Award.  The Foundation Award was awarded to Rick for his outstanding charitable work.  This award proves once again that our Captain is the leader of the Blue Jackets on and off the ice.
 
As promised, here are my top 10 Blue Jacket games this past season.  If you have a list or would like to share your thoughts, feel free to forward your comments to membership@jacketbackers.org
 
10 - Game 1 at Dallas – 10/10/2008 – The boys are back and with a vengeance.  We pushed back hard and won our first game.  Our rookies Jakub Voracek and Derick Brassard each scored a goal, and Rick Nash scored the game winner in overtime as Pascal LeClair gets his first win of the season.  It’s the start of good things to come.
 
9 – Game 35 vs Philadelphia – 12/27/2008 – It took 8 seasons but we finally beat every team in the NHL at least once.  More importantly, this game stopped a 3 game losing streak where the Jackets were shutout twice.  It also sent the Jackets on their longest road trip of the year where they won 4 out of 6 games.
 
8 – Game 42 vs Minnesota – 1/10/2009 – Nikita Filatov returns to Nationwide Arena and scores his first hat trick of his NHL career. 
 
7 – Game 13 vs Edmonton – 11/05/2008 – The Jackets battled back from a 4 -2 deficit to win 5 – 4 giving Steve Mason his first win as a Blue Jacket.  He went on to win his first 3 games.
 
6 – Game 24 vs Vancouver – 12/01/2008 – Steve Mason shines in goal as the Jackets beat the Canucks 3 -2.  The final 1:56 seconds remains memorable as the Jackets were called for a penalty and the Canucks pulled their goaltender for a 6-4 man advantage. With bodies flying everywhere, Mason stayed composed and stopped every shot.
 
5 – Game 74 vs Calgary – 03/26/2009 – A potential playoff matchup where the Jackets make a statement and spank the Flames 5 - 0, giving Steve Mason his 10th shutout of the season. 
 
4 – Playoff game 4 vs Detroit – 04/23/2009 – No matter what Detroit tried to do, they could not put the game away.  Having a two goal lead twice, the Jackets never quit and tied the game at 5 going into the third period.  A late penalty gave the Red Wings the advantage to finally win the game with just over 46 seconds left in regulation.
 
3 – Game 68 vs Pittsburgh – 03/12/2009 – What a game!!!  We built a 3 goal lead only to watch it evaporate in 3 minutes and 25 seconds.  Steve Mason stones both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in the shootout to preserve Kristian Huselius’s shootout winner.
 
2 – Game 67 vs Boston – 03/10/2009 – One of our best efforts as a team.  Solid defense, awesome  goaltending, along with a timely goal by Raffi Torres and an insurance empty-net goal by Rick Nash, gave the Jackets a victory against the best team in the Eastern Conference.
 
1 – Game 66 at Detroit – 03/07/2009 – We beat Detroit in Detroit 8 - 2.  Rick Nash gets his second hat trick this season – an unassisted hat trick – to lead us to victory.  What makes this win even sweeter is the Jacket Backers attended the game and I got to see it with my own two eyes.
 
Elections for new officers will be held this Saturday, June 27th.  Lunch is at noon and elections starting at 1 pm.  Check the website for location and any other details.  We’re providing a free lunch before the election and now is the last reminder to RSVP if you’d like to be included in the head count for the meal planning.  RSVP should go to Julie at president@jacketbackers.org.  You are still welcome to join us last-minute after lunch for the elections if you’re not quite sure yet you can make it – the more the merrier.  Also, we will be collecting canned and non perishable food items at the election meeting, if you’d like to participate in our ongoing food drive efforts.  A business trip to Boston will keep me from attending, so keep me in mind when voting for the membership chair. 
 
Our next activity will be the Crew game in July.  Please RSVP Jessica at activities@jacketbackers.org
 
Here’s to playing hockey in June 2010
 
Dave Yatsco and the Jacket Backers