Next Planning Meeting

Wed., May 7, 2014

6:30 pm

PANERA (Dublin, Avery)

6665 Perimeter Loop Rd., Dublin, 43017

All Members and Friends Welcome

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

Membership Update

2013-14 Membership as of 4/16/14

637 (194 New and 443 Renewals)

1,382 Subscribers to our Email List

Membership Benchmarks

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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$1,610 Raised to date for The Blue Jackets Foundation!

The Blue Jackets' 55 Power Play Goals mean $1,310 donated by the Jacket Backers plus an additional $300 of generous donations collected for the CBJ Foundation.

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Wednesday
May062009

Technical Difficulties!

OOPS!!!

  

While making some changes to the location of our website we have encountered a few difficulties.

The website is being re-created. Take a stroll through last season as we re-post the content from last year.

We will be posting updates about summer activities as they are planned as well as posting our prior content.

Everything should be back to normal in a week or so.  Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE:  The Structure of the website is complete.  Any feedback in the comments or to webmaster@jacketbackers.org would be greatly appreciated.

Please note that our domain address is back to simply 'jacketbackers.org' not 'thejacketbackers.com/test1'.  Consequently, some old links to our site and RSS feeds are obsolete.

If you use the RSS feed, please update your feed address to http://www.jacketbackers.org/rss.xml - That is our main RSS feed; there are other feeds for subsets of the website.

Wednesday
May062009

Join the CAHL in helping Hockey Beat down Breast Cancer!

Teams from the Columbus Adult Hockey League (CAHL), in cooperation with Chiller Ice Rinks, are pleased to announce the first "Hockey Beats down Breast Cancer" game benefitting the Young Survival Coalition.  The game is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 8:00 - 10:00 pm at the Dispatch Ice Haus.

The CAHL has invited JB members to join in and help in their quest to Beat Down Breast Cancer.  The event is open to the public at a suggested (voluntary) $5 donation; you're also welcome to attend the pregame meet and greet at the Garage Bar (147 Vine St.) and post-game gathering at the R Bar (413 N. Front St.)

The original concept was to play one regulation CAHL game wearing pink hockey jerseys sponsored by friends, family and colleagues who had a loved one stricken by breast cancer.

The event has grown since then.  The game has gained support and generated interest from all around the hockey community, including the CBJ.  There are 46 roster spots available for the benefit game and approximately 10 players on the waiting list to play.  The players' jerseys can be sponsored for a minimum donation of $100.  The Jacket Backers have sponsored one of the player jerseys.  There are still five player jerseys available for sponsorship - if you are interested, please email Suzanne at cbjcrazy11@aol.com right away with best phone number to contact you - deadline is Thursday evening 5/7 as jerseys go to press on Friday, 5/8.

Sponsors may choose someone that has been affected by breast cancer whose name will appear on the jersey.  The jersey will be given to the sponsor after the game and the sponsor will also have a chance to meet the player and have a photo taken.  Corporate sponsors are still being sought for the event, as are items for a silent auction to be held during the event.  Various other items will be available for purchase during the event to help support the cause, including t-shirts and wristbands.

"What started out as idle banter between teammates after the purchase of a very colorful pair of hockey gloves has gained serious momentum and the support of three hockey teams and some central Ohio celebrities and athletes," said Thom Wright, assistant captain, D Jets hockey.

"We are honored to be working with Thom and the Chiller Ice Rinks on this inaugural event," said Anna Cluxton, vice president, board of directors for the Young Survival Coalition.  "Being a hockey fan myself, I am thrilled to see the sport I love being used to raise funds for young women and breast cancer."

For more information on the event, contact Thom Wright, 614-805-4949, twright2@netjets.com or PR contact Andrea White, 614-885-7921, awhite@greencrest.com

About the Young Survival Coalition

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer.  YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under.  The Central Ohio Chapter was initially formed in 2002 by two young survivors who met at the Annual Conference, and officially affiliated with the YSC in 2005.

Check out yscpuckbunnies.com for more on fundraising efforts by two of the local Central Ohio YSC members.

Friday
Apr242009

Thank You

To The Players, The Organization and The Fans:


THANK YOU


What a great season.  It was a privilege to get to experience it with all of you!

Wednesday
Apr222009

Get Your Very Own Jacket Backers Playoffs 09 T-Shirt - Before or After Game Tomorrow or Email Your Order Today!

 

 

Playoffs T-Shirt Front

Playoffs T-Shirt Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't miss out on your chance to help the Jacket Backers celebrate history by proudly wearing your very own Jacket Backers Playoffs 09 T-Shirt!  You can get your t-shirt tomorrow before or after the game - please email your order request to president@jacketbackers.org  today to reserve your size.  We will be either at R-Bar or the Garage Bar to deliver your shirts - please advise at which location you'd like to pick up your shirt.  T-Shirts are $15 each if purchasing in person, or $20 each to have order mailed to you and cover mailing costs.  You can pay via cash or check in person, or we'll send a PayPal invoice to you upon your request.  Don't delay - get your t-shirt today!  What a great gift for your favorite Jackets fan.

Shirts are 100% cotton preshrunk and come in adult sizes S - XXL with navy blue ringer style.  Sizes 3XL and 4XL are available in all white via special order.

Wednesday
Apr222009

We Need You!

After last night's loss, the series is tilted badly against the Jackets. There's no arguing that.

However.

It isn't over! 

After such an incredible season, even after the pain we've felt recently, the team deserves to have its fans there Thursday Night, cheering them on, no matter what happens. Don't let it end without a fight! Don't let this season end with a whimper! 

Stand up! Cheer! Get loud, and be counted!

Even if this first trip to the playoffs is likely to end soon, there's going to be a next year, and the Jackets are going to be right back in the hunt again!

Don't sell your tickets. Don't stay home and set your DVR. Don't sigh and just let this slip away.

Get down to the arena district, and show the team that we support them, no matter what!

LET'S! GO! JACKETS!

Saturday
Apr182009

Seeking Volunteers and Attendees for the Ohio Hockey Celebration TOMORROW - April 19th at the Hyatt Regency - Arena District

A LIMITED NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE!  CONTACT KENI MORGAN at morgankz13@hughes.net if interested as soon as possible.  Volunteers would help with things like taking tickets, autograph line, and the interactive games. All volunteers will be rewarded with lunch from bd's Mongolian BBQ, free admission to the event, as well as a private meet and greet with ex-Jackets Geoff Sanderson and Kevyn Adams. Plus, you will also have a great day loaded with hockey memorabilia and game worn jerseys! Mr. Roehm has also added a bonus of a raffle for two tickets to a Jackets home playoff game!

Anyone who may be interested in the opportunity to volunteer for this event must contact Keni immediately as the spaces are about to be filled.  See below for more information on this first-ever event!  Also, FYI - playoff merchandise will be available at the event for those interested.

 
Ohio Hockey Celebration Offers Fans Two Ways to Win Hard-to-Find Playoff Tickets:

Fans attending the Ohio Hockey Celebration this Sunday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in the Arena District will get two separate opportunities to win lower bowl tickets to the Blue Jackets up-coming home playoff games. The first opportunity is a raffle for two pairs of tickets—one pair to the Jackets first home playoff game in team history next Tuesday and another pair to next Thursday’s game. Tickets for the raffle will be $5 each and proceeds from the raffle will go to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. The event will also feature a hardest slap shot contest free with admission. The fan in attendance who has the hardest slap shot as clocked by radar will win two lower bowl tickets to next Thursday’s game at Nationwide Arena.

The Radar Cage is one of five interactive games at the Ohio Hockey Celebration brought in directly from Top Shot Interactive in Toronto, Canada. Other games include: Top Shot Hockey, an electronic full-sized hockey net which provides shooters an opportunity to play a variety of games testing their shooting accuracy; Road Hockey Warrior, a goaltending simulation where the contestant gets foam pucks shot at them and must prevent them from getting in the goal; Shut Out Virtual Goalie, a game in which the player faces off against virtual shooters on a TV monitor; and a Mini Rink complete boards, nets, foam pucks and plastic sticks for children to play hockey.

The event will also feature an exhibit from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada, a game worn jersey expo, a hockey memorabilia auction and an autograph session with former Blue Jackets Geoff Sanderson, Kevyn Adams and Brett Harkins and former Cleveland Baron Dennis Maruk. The FS Ohio Blue Line will be on hand selling team merchandise and game worn Blue Jackets jerseys.

Tickets for the event are available online at Ohio Hockey Celebration’s website (www.ohiohockeycelebration.com) and are $15 for adults and $10 for children. A portion of net proceeds from the event will go to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.


For additional information on the Ohio Hockey Celebration, visit: http://www.ohiohockeycelebration.com
 
The Hyatt Regency Columbus is at 350 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215, phone (614) 463-1234.

 

Friday
Apr172009

April Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

Welcome Jacket Backers,

WE MADE IT!!!  After 9 years and 8 seasons, the Blue Jackets have made it into the playoffs.  There is no time to revel in our accomplishments this season as the second season begins this Thursday.  A couple weeks ago, I made plans to travel to Seattle and attend the first playoff game in either Calgary or Vancouver.  Unfortunately, we finished in seventh place and have to play Detroit in the first round.  Good thing I don't travel to Vegas very often.  I am still going to carry the flag to the west coast and root our boys to victory.  I did see there would be a huge group going to Detroit.  Here's hoping for a repeat performance like the last time we played there.

 

It has been said if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.  Detroit doesn't get any better.  They are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions.  One thing I do know is, in a short series, you are only as good as your goaltender.  I think we have Detroit beat in that area.  The Detroit defense can be stifling at times but we have held our own against them this year and split the season series 3-3.

 

The Army of the Ohio is strong and is continuing to grow.  Coach Hitchcock repeatedly makes comments about how our fans affect the play of the team.  Stand Proud and Be LOUD.  The journey is about to begin and you can make a difference.

 

Here's to playing hockey in June

 

Dave Yatsco and the Jacket Backers

 

Friday
Apr172009

Help the Jacket Backers fight MS during the Playoffs!

 

Help the Jacket Backers fight MS during the Playoffs!

s    TThe Jacket Backers have sponsored the MS Walk team “Playoffs Baby” and donated $100.00 towards their efforts this Saturday – Melinda Ward and her brother Christopher have been club members for awhile and Melinda has been looking for people to walk or donate for the cause.  Several of the officers have personally known Christopher for a few years and know of his struggles with multiple sclerosis that he has done his best to quietly keep moving forward with.  As both she and Chris are ardent hockey fans, we thought this support was appropriate and thought we would ask members if they were interested in helping support the cause to donate additional funds directly.

 
If you would like to read more about the walk, or are interested in joining the fight or making a donation please follow this link or see the whole URL below for an explanation and a photo of Melinda and Christopher.  Thanks for your support to help the Jacket Backers fight MS during the playoffs.

 http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/OHAWalkEvents?pg=team&fr_id=9561&team_id=162343

The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society is a collective of individuals who want to do something about MS now. To that end, we are committed to helping over 10,000 Ohioans impacted by MS to continue moving their lives forward. The Chapter raises funds locally to support programs and services for people with MS and their family and friends as well as the National MS Society’s research initiatives. Join us as we strive to achieve a world free of MS.  Contact us at 800-667-7131 to learn more.  National MS Society · Ohio Buckeye Chapter
6155 Rockside Rd., Suite 202, Independence, OH 44131 * 800-667-7131 * mswalk@nmssoha.org

 

Wednesday
Apr152009

Jacket Backers in the Dispatch

The Jacket Backers made the front page of the Dispatch today.  Thank you to everyone that spoke to Steve Wartenberg to help with the article.  Thank you to Jeff and Anne for being so organized.  Thank you to Andy for being the sleepless Blue Haired Guy.  I guess I will have to deal with being low key.

Also if you missed it, many of the people on the front page last Thursday are members as well even if the paper didn't note they were Jacket Backers.  Linda, in the foreground and caption, is a member along with Nancy, Jessica, Amber and the side of Julie's head.

Monday
Apr132009

Jacket Backers Phone Number (614) 372-6093 

If anyone is having trouble reaching us by email - we now have a traditional phone line - (614) 372-6093.  Feel free to use this number to contact us.