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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Villa Nova Ristorante,
5545 N. High Street
(between Morse Rd. and 161),
Columbus, Oh 43214.

 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.

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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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.


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.


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.


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.