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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

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

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2014-15 Membership as of 11/26/14

514 (76 New and 438 Renewals)

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758 Members 2013 - 14 Season

539 Members 2012 - 13 Season

549 Members 2011 - 12 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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$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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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

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

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.


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

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



Join us Saturday for our Elections - Win a Team Signed Stick

The Columbus Blue Jackets have donated a Team Signed Stick for us to give to one lucky member at Saturday's Elections.

Now there is even more reason to join us this Saturday.  If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to president@jacketbackers.org by Thursday so that we can order the proper amount of food for lunch.

Lunch begins at noon with the Elections beginning at about 1:00 Click here for more details.


Foundation Donation / Draft Day Table

Jacket Backers make $1,015 donation to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation

Friday night is the opening round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and there will be all kinds of activities going on in Nationwide Arena and the Arena District.

During the Blue Jackets Draft Party the Jacket Backers will be presenting the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation a check for $1,015.  The donation will be made to sponsor a hole at the Golf Classic in memory of Ryan Salmons.  The presentation is tentatively scheduled to happen at about 5:30.  If you are at the draft party, be sure to watch for the presentation.  Thank you to all of our members and fans that helped the Jacket Backers raise this donation.

In addition, the Jacket Backers will have a table on the floor of the arena near section 108.  Stop by to ask any questions you may have, find out more information about the club, renew your membership or pick up your 2009 - 2010 membership card.


Food Drive

Did you know that the Jacket Backers encourage and accept donations to local food pantries at all of our events?

Sometimes this gets lost in the excitement of cheering on our team.  But the Jacket Backers are dedicated to helping our community.  That is why we accept food donations at all of our events and share them with various food pantries in the area.  A frequent question that comes up is, "What exactly should we donate?"  Follow this link to the Mid Ohio Food Bank's Grocery List for the answer.

So, if you have the ability, bring a donation to our next event and:

Help the Jacket Backers Help Others!


Officer and Committee Chair Elections

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.

This year's elections will be at the Gender Park Condominium Clubhouse on June 27.  Lunch will be available at noon with the elections beginning around 1:00.

The Gender Park Condominium Clubhouse is located at 5152 Aquila Drive, Canal Winchester, OH  43110Please park near the clubhouse.  Do not park in front of residences.

Deli trays and salads will be catered from BT Hoagies.  Soda will also be provided.  If you would like to bring a side dish or dessert you are welcome to do so.

If you are planning on attending please RSVP to president@jacketbackers.org by Thursday, June 25, so that we can order the appropriate amount of food for lunch.
As at all Jacket Backer events, we will be collecting food donations to benefit local food banks.  If you can, help the Jacket Backers help others in our community.
This is the second day of the draft.  We are not yet sure if we will be able to have television coverage of the draft; at a minimum we will have draft updates via the internet.
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

Click here for an up to date list of nominees.

Please Note:  At the initial Club formation, there was a Board of Directors formed for oversight of the Club.  There were Officers elected separately for the day-to-day operations of the Club.  Last season the Board voted to combine both groups into one Officer group.  This was done because it was believed that the relationship between the Board and Officers was confusing and that for the most part both groups were the same people.  This also eliminated the need to hold two elections annually as the Board Members were elected in January and the Officers were elected in the summer.  In the future, as the club grows and its needs change, this decision may be re-visited.



2009 Nominees

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.

Two people may be nominated and elected together as Co-Committee Chairs.  Officers must be nominated and elected as individuals.

All officers and committee chairs are up for elections.  Terms for all positions run for 1 year.

Nominations received and accepted to date:



Julie Maurer

Vice President

Adrienne Gossman



Matt Wagner



Brian Maurer


Assistant Secretary

None Received


Assistant Treasurer

Lou Ann Nye


Membership Chair

David Yatsco

Activities Chair

Jessica Jones

Communications Chair

Brian Cluxton

Travel Chair

Anne and Jeff Little

Technical Chair

Brian Maurer

Community Development Chair

Kelly Patterson

Marketing Chair

Matt Garrett

Historical Chair

None Received.