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Next Planning Meeting


Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Northwest Library - in Meeting Room,
2280 Hard Rd.
Columbus, Oh 43235.

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


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Membership Update

2014-15 Membership as of 11/26/14

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.

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Community Power Play

$702 Raised To Date This Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation #CommunityPowerPlay Goal! (updated 11/26/2014)

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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October Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

Welcome Jacket Backers,
Tomorrow, the Jackets' quest for the Cup will begin.  If you were able to watch any of the practices or attend any of the preseason games, you witnessed the most talented Jackets team to hit the ice.
It looks like we finally found a center for the Nash / Huselius line.  Derick Brassard stepped up nicely to center our number one line.  The three clicked on all cylinders.  Speed, dead on passes and solid scoring opportunities highlighted this trio throughout the pre-season. 
Defensively, not only do we push back, we FIGHT back even harder.  It is good to see our team defend each other when they are on the ice.
Highlights from the preseason:  We finished 4-3-1, scoring 28 goals while giving up 24.  Our goals were spread throughout the entire team and not scored by the same players.  John Moore scored a point in every game he played.  Our power play looks improved with Derick Brassard playing the point.  He keeps the puck moving and has a good vision of where everyone is located.  He is able to thread the puck to the opposing net and creates plenty of scoring opportunities.  One guy to watch for is Jakub Voracek.  Last year he quietly became the third leading scorer among all rookies.  This off-season he went to California and added about 10 to 15 more pounds to his body and it really shows.  He is a beast on the ice.  He protects the puck better on the offensive charge.  He recovers quicker after taking a hard hit and he can deliver the big hit when needed.  His speed does not appear affected by the added weight and best of all, he is not afraid to stand in front of the opposing goaltender when we are on the attack.  I feel that Jakub is going to have a breakout year.
Before the season has even officially started, we have had a tremendous response of people joining our club.  We are around 350 members strong and still growing.  Let’s blow the roof off of Nationwide Arena on October 3rd and support our team!
Here’s to playing hockey in June
Dave Yatsco and the Jacket Backers 

New Reward - Garage Bar Columbus

Show Your Jacket Backers Card and
Receive 15% Off
Food and Drinks at:


  The Garage Bar
147 Vine Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(Cannot be Combined
with Other Offers)

Now Featuring NHL Center Ice for
All of your Hockey Viewing Needs!


Stop by The Garage Bar on Opening Day Before or After the Game for Live Entertainment.

Enjoy $2 Brats, $1 Hot Dogs, and $2.50 - Molson Tall Boys Before Every Home Game!



The Jacket Backers Rewards Program

During the 2012 - 2013 season, we will be looking to partner with area businesses to provide discounts or special offers to our members.

Click the Rewards tab in the menu at the top of the page or visit www.jacketbackers.org/rewards to see a list of current offers.

If you would like to partner with the Jacket Backers or have a suggestion for a business we should contact to join the Rewards Program, please contact marketing@jacketbackers.org.






Free Pre-Season Tickets

Hockey Starts at Nationwide Arena Next Week

Get Your Free Tickets Today!

The Blue Jackets are offering paid Jacket Backer Members a pair of free tickets to one of three upcoming pre-season games.

Monday, Sept. 21 - Columbus vs. Minnesota - 7:00
Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Columbus vs. Boston - 7:00
Sunday, Sept. 27 - Columbus vs. Nashville - 5:00
To get your free tickets, contact Jessica Jones (activities@jacketbackers.org).  If you have not yet joined the club or renewed your membership, now is a great time to do so.  We are offering $5 off memberships through October 2nd.  All paid members as of October 2nd will be entered into a drawing for a team autographed jersey.  If necessary, you can finalize your 2009 - 2010 membership with Jessica when you get your tickets or click here to sign up online now.
Update:  Nashville ticket requests for Sunday's game must be received by Noon Friday!

Thank You for Supporting the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Golf Classic

Click Image for Full SizeClick on Image for Full SizeDuring the summer of 2009 the Jacket Backers were looking for a different way to support the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.  It was decided that instead of the traditional check presentation, we would sponsor a hole at their annual Golf Classic.  For our $1,000 sponsorship, our logo was displayed at the tee box of our hole and we were listed in the event program along with other corporate sponsors.


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.


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.


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!



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

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.