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Next Planning Meeting


September 17, 2015 at 6:30pm


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


October, 15, 2015 

Membership Update

2014-15 Membership as of 08/10/2015

678 (217 New and 461 Renewals)

1,701 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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At Nationwide Arena

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

$1947 Raised 2014-2015 Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

THIS SEASON the Jacket Backers again teamed 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 increased 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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Game Watching Party at the Bier Stube North

Announcing our next Game Watching Party - 
Join us for our first time at
The Bier Stube North to watch
the Jackets Trounce the Edmonton Oilers!

Thursday, 10/22 @ 9:30 pm

Bier Stube North photo


The Jacket Backers want to share their enthusiasm for Jackets hockey with fans all over Central Ohio.  Join us in the Worthington - Linworth area at this laid-back neighborhood classic, the Bier Stube North, to enjoy big-screen hockey with a casual atmosphere.

The Bier Stube North is located at 2382 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, (614) 932-0214 next door to Valvoline.  If the parking lot in front of the pub is full, per the owner it is ok to park in the parking lots of any of the businesses next door or nearby.

The Bier Stube will be projecting the game on the big screen, hopefully in HD if possible - and game sound throughout the game.  The Jacket Backers will be providing door prizes and raffles throughout the game, including a chance to win a team-signed practice jersey from last year's playoff-bound team, which will be given away the evening of the event.  The puck drops at 9:30 but we'll be getting there early to enjoy delicious appetizers, wings, subs/sandwiches, salads, calzones and/or pizzas for our late dinner or game-time snack, from the Bier Stube Pizza & Grill next door.

We will also be accepting contributions towards our Virtual Food Drive for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  See you there!


Travel Plans are in the Works! - Preliminary Trip Dates

Many of you have been eagerly awaiting details on our road trip plans for this season.  As of right now, the current trips that are in the planning stages are:

Saturday, November 21 at Nashville - Tickets Only, Potential Hotel Discount

Saturday, December 26 at Detroit - Tickets Only, Potential Hotel Discount

Saturday, January 30 at St. Louis - Bus Trip including Ticket, Pregame Reception, Transportation to/from St. Louis, and Hotel, Potential Extras

Saturday, March 20 at Nashville - Tickets Only, Potential Hotel Discount

We are also considering a return trip to Cleveland to see the Lake Erie Monsters be crushed by the Syracuse Crunch.  Other trips may still yet be considered, depending on interest and ticket availability.

All of these trips are early in the planning stages and are subject to change.  We will be working quickly to determine prices and details, and will be accepting deposits soon so you can be sure to reserve your spot.  If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment here, or contact travel@jacketbackers.org.


Game Watching Party at the Rbar

Come Cheer on the Jackets as they spoil the home opener of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Saturday @ 9:00 pm

Join the Jacket Backers at their first Game Watching Party of the New Season!

The RBar will be providing the big screen and great drink specials. The Jacket Backers will be providing door prizes and raffles throughout the game.  The puck drops at 9:00 but get there early to save your seat.  We will also be accepting contributions towards our Virtual Food Drive for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  See you there!


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.