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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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$120 Raised To Date This Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation, thanks to Cam Atkinson's season opener #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

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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Tuesday
Jun162009

Thank You from the Young Survival Coalition

Click on Image for Full SizeOur Jersey on the Ice - Click for Full SizeOn March 16, 2009, The Young Survival Coalition hosted the first "Hockey Beats Down Breast Cancer" game.  Members of the Columbus Adult Hockey Leagues that made it off of the waiting list participated in the game.  The YSC sought sponsors for the players to raise money and awareness for their cause.

Click here for more information about the Young Survival Coalition.

Wednesday
Jun102009

Free Passes to Celebrity Bar Night at Park St. Patio

The Columbus Crew is hosting a celebrity bar night at Park St. Patio from 6-9 on Thursday, June 11.  The event is to help raise money for Get Behind the Badge Charity which aids those injured or killed in the line of duty.  Park St. Patio is located at 533 Park Street in the Arena District.

This event is in coordination with Military and Service Appreciation Day at Crew Stadium on July 18th (the day of our group outing to see the Crew take on Real Salt Lake).  The Jacket Backers are helping sponsor a pregame scrimmage of Columbus Police from 4 -6 pm, before the 8:00 kickoff of the Crew Game.  (Click Here for details on our group outing to the Crew).

As a sponsor, the Jacket Backers have received 15 free passes to the Celebrity Bar Night at Park St. Patio.  This event will feature guest bartenders Danny O'Rourke of the Crew and former OSU Football Players including; Donald Washington, Pepe Pearson and Dee Washington.  In addition there will be raffles and silent auctions to help raise money for Get Behind the Badge.

The free passes for this event will be made available to the first 15 Jacket Backers members who request them.  Admission is $5 without a pass.  Send your request ASAP to treasurer@jacketbackers.org.

Those attending the Celebrity Bar Night will enjoy music by the "Plain White T's" band and will also be able to take advantage of deep Happy Hour discounts and specials, including 99 cent hamburgers.

Wednesday
Jun032009

NHL.com Store Discount

The Jacket Backers are now participating in the NHL.com store affiliates program.  When you enter the NHL.com store from the link in the left sidebar, the Jacket Backers receive a commission for your purchases.  In addition, the link will advertise various promotions available from NHL.com.  Currently you will receive a 12% discount on your purchase when entering the store through our website.

Wednesday
Jun032009

Accepting Nominations for Officers and Committee Chairs

GET INVOLVED!
 
We are now accepting nominations for Officers and Committee Chairs.  You may nominate yourself or someone other than yourself.  When nominating someone besides yourself, the nomination must be accepted by the nominee prior to the election.  Nominations may be made by sending the nomination to nominations@jacketbackers.org
 
All officers and committee chairs are up for election.  Terms for all positions run for 1 year. 
 

The officers and committee chairs to be elected are:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Activities Chair, Communications Chair, Community Service Chair, Historical Committee Chair, Marketing Chair, Membership Chair, Technical Chair and Travel Chair. Click here for a description of Officer and Committee Chair responsibilities.

This year's elections will be at the Gender Park Condominium Clubhouse on June 27.  Lunch will be offered at noon and the elections will begin at 1:00.  The Gender Park Condominium Clubhouse is located at 5152 Aquila Drive, Canal Winchester, OH  43110.

Your participation is encouraged and appreciated.  Please send any general questions or comments to president@jacketbackers.org.  If you have any questions for a specific officer or committee chair, a list of contacts can be found at www.jacketbackers.org/contacts.
Sunday
May312009

Announcements From Officers' Meeting

At the last Officers' Meeting, our focus was on preparation for Officer and Committee Chair Elections to be held on June 27.

It was decided to eliminate the positions of Hospitality Chair and Member at Large. The responsibilities of the Hospitality Chair will be assumed by the Vice President.  It is our hope that all of our Officers and Committee Chairs are approachable; all of the officer meetings are public and members are welcome to attend.  Therefore, we believe that the need for an Officer to serve solely as a liaison to our members is not necessary at this time.

In addition, we have created a Historical Committee to maintain a running history and archive for the Jacket Backers.  Kelly Patterson volunteered and was confirmed to begin the committee until elections are held.

Nominations for all positions in the upcoming elections are now being accepted and can be sent to nominations@jacketbackers.org.  You may nominate yourself or someone other than yourself.  When nominating someone besides yourself, the nomination must be accepted by the nominee prior to the election.  We encourage everyone interested to nominate themself and to nominate anyone they believe is qualified.

The officers and committee chairs to be elected are:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Activities Chair, Communications Chair, Community Service Chair, Historical Committee Chair, Marketing Chair, Membership Chair, Technical Chair and Travel Chair.   A list of the responsibilities for each Officer or Committee Chair will be posted shortly.

Saturday
May302009

Seeking Nominations and Volunteers

Officer and Committee Chair Elections

June 27, 2009 Noon

This is your opportunity to get involved with the Jacket Backers.

We are seeking nominations for Officers and Committee Chairs for the 2009 - 2010 season.  In addition we are also asking for volunteers to join our committees and assist in planning for and throughout the upcoming season.  We hope you enjoyed the 2008 - 2009 season as a member of the Jacket Backers.  While the officers believe that the club had an excellent year, we beilieve there are still improvements to be made.  We are hoping to increase our leadership group as well as develop more involvement on our committees.

Nominations can be sent to nominations@jacketbackers.org.  You may nominate yourself or someone other than yourself.  When nominating someone besides yourself, the nomination must be accepted by the nominee prior to the election.  We encourage everyone interested to nominate themself and to nominate anyone they believe is qualified.

The officers and committee chairs to be elected are:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Activities Chair, Communications Chair, Community Service Chair, Historical Committee Chair, Marketing Chair, Membership Chair, Technical Chair and Travel Chair.   A list of the responsibilities for each Officer or Committee Chair will be posted shortly.

Elections will be held at the Gender Park Condominium Clubhouse is located at 5152 Aquila Drive, Canal Winchester, OH  43110.

Friday
May292009

RSVP Deadline - Crew Outing

Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake
 
Saturday, July 18th, 8:00 pm
 
Ok - so the Crew doesn't have a new stadium to tout, but Crew Stadium will always be the first soccer specific stadium built in the United States.  Come see the MLS defending champion Columbus Crew for only $15 - adults and children.
 
In addition to the great action on the pitch, it is Buck a Brat night - Delicious Bob Evans bratwursts will be just $1 all night long.
 
Please RSVP to Jessica Jones at activities@jacketbackers.org  by 07/06/09 with the number of tickets you would like to purchase.
Payment can be made by the following methods:
  • Check made payable to Jacket Backers Booster Club and mailed to PO Box 82589, Columbus, OH  43202
  • Via Paypal by requesting an invoice or online at paypal.com to paypal@jacketbackers.org.
Let's Go CREW!
Wednesday
May272009

May Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

 Welcome Jacket Backers,

 
As fast as the playoffs started they ended just as quick. Three lackluster performances found our boys down three games to zero. It wasn’t so much we played that bad, it was Detroit played that much better. It’s true about teams stepping up their game when the playoffs start. Detroit looked like they had six goaltenders on the ice. Their defense swarmed our boys and made more saves than Chris Osgood. The total score after the three games – Detroit 12 , Columbus 2.
 
Fortunately, we hosted games three and four. Two standing room only crowds packed the Nationwide Arena and boy were we LOUD. There may have been some Red Wing fans in the crowd but they were severely outnumbered and definitely out-shouted. Game three played out like the previous two in Detroit. The Red Wings took the early lead and continued to build momentum throughout the game. In the end, Detroit won the game by the final score of 4-1.
 
Game four was do or die for us. The fans knew it and were on their feet for most of the game. Detroit again took the early lead. In fact, they had a two goal lead twice in the game. This time our boys had an answer. We fought back and Detroit could never land the knockout punch. At the start of the third period, the game was knotted at 5-5. The stage was set for the final showdown. The teams played their hearts out throughout the third period. The referees for the most part let the teams play. Then, with 1:34 left in the game, we were penalized for too many men on the ice. A controversial call to say the least. Our bench argued but it fell on deaf ears. My experience with playoff hockey is the refs will let the teams play and a penalty is called when there is blood on the ice. Were we guilty? Yes. Is it a call that could have been overlooked? YES. The player in question definitely was leaving the ice and completely out of the play. With the man advantage for the remainder of regulation, Detroit pressed and scored the winning goal with just over 46 seconds left in the game.
 
As the teams did the series-ending handshake, the crowd stayed on their feet and cheered the Blue Jackets for one of the most exciting games played at Nationwide. The ovation lasted for more than five minutes. 
 
Just because the hockey season has ended for the Blue Jackets doesn’t mean the Jacket Backers will go into hibernation until October. We are planning events throughout the summer. Watch for the NHL Draft party in June as well as officer elections at the end of June/beginning of July.  We are planning an outing to the new Huntington Park to watch the Columbus Clippers and an outing to watch the MLS Champion Columbus Crew as well. If you are a fan of movie classics, the Summer Movie Series in downtown Columbus will be showing Slap Shot. Bring your Hanson glasses. For more details and to keep up with Jacket Backer news and events check our website – www.jacketbackers.org 
 
Next month’s letter will list my top ten games for the 2008/2009 season. If you would like to share your memorable moments send them to me at membership@jacketbackers.org. I’ll be sure to include them in the upcoming welcome letters over the next few months.
 
Thank you BLUE JACKETS and Mr Mac.    
 
Here’s to playing hockey in June 2010
 
Dave Yatsco and the Jacket Backers

 

Wednesday
May272009

Stanley Cup Finals Tickets in Detroit

Our contact in Detroit has contacted us again about tickets in Detroit.

But this time, they are going fast.

Upper Deck Tickets are still available for Game 2 this Sunday.

Game time is yet to be announced.

If you are interested, please contact travel@jacketbackers.org for more information.

Wednesday
May202009

Columbus Clippers Group Outing - Date Change

 

Columbus Clippers vs. Rochester Red Wings
 
Tuesday, June 16th, 7:05 pm
 
Come check out the new, impressive Huntington Park and cheer on your Columbus Clippers (newly affiliated with the Cleveland Indians).  Reserved Seats are $10 for adults and $7 for children (12 and under) and seniors (60+).
 
In addition to your reserved seat, the first 1000 men in attendance will receive a free T Shirt.
 
Please RSVP to Jessica Jones at activities@jacketbackers.org  by 06/01/09 with the number of adult tickets and number of children/senior tickets you would like to purchase.
 
Payment can be made by the following methods:
  • Check made payable to Jacket Backers Booster Club and mailed to PO Box 82589, Columbus, OH  43202
  • Via Paypal by requesting an invoice or online at paypal.com to paypal@jacketbackers.org.

See you at the ballpark.  Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.......