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2015-16 Membership as of 04/13/2016

624 (153 New and 471 Renewals)

1,882 Subscribers to our Email List

Membership Benchmarks

718 Members 2014 - 15 Season

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.

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Community Power Play

$1505 Raised in the 2015-2016 Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

 The Jacket Backers will again team up with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to present our 3rd 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.

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 - Saturday at The Garage Bar

Columbus Blue Jackets Official Viewing Party Location

with Additional Prizes Provided by the Jacket Backers

this Saturday Night, 1/30 at The Garage Bar!


The Garage Bar is located at 147 Vine Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Puck drops at 8 pm.  Come hungry and enjoy delicious 25 cent wings on special during the game, and stay later to enjoy the Saturday night nightlife if you like!  In arena host Mike Todd or Greg Murray will be in attendance, along with the Blue Jackets Street Team and Stinger.  The Jackets will be giving away a pair of tickets to an upcoming game and an autographed jersey along with other fun giveaways, and you can sign up for a chance to win season tickets for next year's season.  The Jacket Backers will be giving away additional door prizes and selling raffle tickets for $5 each for your chance to win a 2008-2009 Team Signed March On Street Banner!  Drawing to be held on February 4, 2010.  Proceeds benefit the Jacket Backers Booster Club and other non-profit organizations.  You do not need to be present to win.  See a Jacket Backers Officer at the party or sometime soon to purchase your tickets!





Call to Action - Please Help Solve the Arena Lease Issue

We have all heard about the Arena Lease Issue, now is your chance to help!  We encourage everyone to go to www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org to sign their petition.  By signing this petition you are letting our government and civic leaders know that we are counting on them to solve this issue.

We would also ask for your help and encourage you to talk with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about this issue.  We are hockey fans - we get it.  It is our job to help get the message out to others who may not look under the surface and understand everything that the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena, and the Arena District has brought to our broader community.

The Message of Forward Together Columbus is that "It's not just about hockey".  The economic impact of the Arena District is amazing.  This impact reaches far beyond the Arena District and very deeply into our community.

In 2oo8, the Arena District provided $29.6 million to our state and local governments and it is estimated to grow to $60.7 million per year over the next ten years.  These are dollars that would have to be raised elsewhere or cut from the budgets of state and local governments if it wasn't for the Arena District. (source: the Buser Report)

Among its many accomplishments, The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has donated over $2.3 million dollars to local charities.  Without the Blue Jackets, the Foundation, these donations would disappear.  (source: Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation website)

The Columbus Blue Jackets' players and coaches make over 300 public appearances annually in support of local organizations.  The financial impact and additional awareness for these organizations is immeasurable.  But again, the impact is far beyond the borders of the Arena District and improves the larger community.  (source: Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation website)

Volunteers that work the concessions at Nationwide Arena have raised over $500,000 for the organizations they represent in the greater Columbus area.  These organizations are often church groups, little league baseball teams, youth dance troupes, school organizations...

These are only a couple of the countless examples of how having a professional sports team in our town has benefitted the larger community.  It does not begin to measure the economic impact that is coming into our community from tourists that have made the Arena District their destination, from near and far.  It is impossible to quantify the increased awareness of Columbus Ohio on a national level due to the exposure of a major sports franchise and the increased tourism generated.

It is obvious to us, the fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets, that it is not just about hockey.  So please, take a few minutes to sign the petition at www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org.  Take the time to talk with your neighbors and friends about the great things that have been brought to Columbus along with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Columbus Blue Jackets provide an anchor tenant for Nationwide Arena.  Nationwide Arena is the fuel for the economic engine of the Arena District.  The Arena District's economic impact enriches everyone's life in the Greater Columbus Community.  IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT HOCKEY!


Important Links

Columbus Together

The Petition

The Buser Report

Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation

Nationwide Arena Fund Raising

CBJ in the Community

Economic Facts and Figures

  • 170 businesses operate in the Arena District
  • Nearly 5,500 people are employed in the Arena District
  • Nearly $350 million are earned by employees in the Arena District
  • $29.6 million in tax revenue generated in the Arena District in 2008 - projected to grow to $60.7 million annually over the next ten years
  • Since 1998 property values in the Arena District have risen 267%
  • Countless lives improved through Hats for Heroes and Hockey Fights Cancer Programs
  • Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has donated $2.3 million to local charities
  • Immeasurable impact of the growth of youth hockey leagues providing safe and healthy  recreation for our children.
  • 1999:  150 youth, 350 registered adult hockey players in Columbus area; 1 high school program
  • 2009:  4500 youth, 1500 adult registered players; 17 high school programs with 27 varsity, jv or club teams




On Air Live - The Coach's Show from the RBar

 The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock On Air Live from The RBar Arena

Wednesday - January 27th - 6:00pm
The CBJ Coach's Show will be broadcast live from the Rbar with Jeff Rimer and Coach Hitchcock!!  The show airs from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesdays.  Audience members will have a chance to ask questions of the coach.
In addition the Jacket Backers will be giving away door prizes and offering raffle tickets to win a team signed street banner from last years playoffs.
The RBar now has food available as their kitchen is open daily at 10:30 am.
Get there early to get a seat and think up the clever question that will get you on the air!



We Need Your Help! Sign Up Today to Donate Blood in February!

The Jacket Backers are coordinating a blood drive!
(Possible dates/time: February 20th or February 27th from 10am-3pm) 
We need at least 25 people to sign up so we can make it happen!
Are you or your friends and family interested in donating with us?
If so, please provide your name and phone number to Kelly Patterson at community_service@jacketbackers.org by Friday, January 22, 2010.
More details to follow once the drive is confirmed. Please contact Kelly with any questions.



St. Louis Bus Trip - Yes there is still space available!


If you are not lucky enough to win one of the two free trips on Thursday - there still is time to reserve your seat - but time is running out.  Please contact travel@jacketbackers.org by noon on Monday January 18 to reserve your seat and make payment arrangements.

Trip Details

  • $215 per person based on double room occupancy.
  • Deluxe Motor Coach to and from St. Louis.- A comfortable ride perfect to meet new friends, socialize, take a nap or catch a movie.
  • Some light snacks and beverages will be provided on the bus and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.
  • Raffle including one team signed item.
  • Leave early Saturday January 30th (approximately 7:00 am).
  • Arrive in St. Louis with plenty of time to check in and sight see before and after the game.
  • Overnight Accommodations at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center - 2 blocks from the Arena.
  • Ticket to Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues.
  • One hour In Arena Pre Game Party with free Beer, Wine, Soda and Appetizers.
  • Leave St. Louis late morning on Sunday for the return trip to Columbus with great memories and new friends.  


Other St. Louis Attractions

St. Louis Gateway Arch

St. Louis' Iconic Landmark is open from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm and is less than 1 mile from our hotel.

Great Jazz Clubs

St. Louis is known for the Blues and you can't go wrong with a live show.  On past trips people have enjoyed BB's Jazz, Blues, and Soups or Beale on Broadway.  Just two examples of the great nightlife in St. Louis.

Casino Gambling

There are many Casinos in and around St. Louis including the Lumiere Place Casino located just north of the Arch.

Other Great Neighborhoods 

Soulard - the home of Joanie's Pizzeria and Johnny's Restaurant and Bar

Laclede's Landing just north of the Arch.

Public Transportation is readily available in St. Louis. Taxis are plentiful and there is also a bus system and light rail.  The Sheraton City Center is right in the heart of the city and a great home base to enjoy the city.


Game Watching Party - Thursday January 14

Viewing Party at Brothers

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Join in-arena host Mike Todd, Stinger and the Jackets Street Team At Brothers Bar & Grill - 477 Park Street, Arena District.  The CBJ will be offering you a chance to win Blue Jackets Prizes including:  Tickets to upcoming games, Autographed player jersey, CBJ/Bud Light Entourage Posters.

In addition the Jacket Backers will be in attendance at Brothers offering additional door prizes and raffles including a free ride to St. Louis on our bus trip to St. Louis on January 30th.  (See trip details below.)


Win a free trip to St. Louis

Thursday Jan. 14 at RBar Arena

That's right the Jacket Backers don't want to forget our friends at the RBar and will also be having a separate raffle at The RBar Arena for a chance to win a free trip to St. Louis on Jan 30th.

You can't go wrong with a hockey game at the RBar with great drink specials, a chance to win tickets to an upcoming game and now with a newly opened kitchen.

Both winners will be announced by the end of the game on Thursday and will win the complete bus trip package as described below. You must be 21 or over to travel with us to St. Louis.


Game Watching Party - Thursday, January 21, 2010 (Jefferson Country Club)

Game Watching Party

When: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Where: Jefferson Country Club (7271 Jefferson Meadows Dr., Blacklick, OH 43004)

Time: 6:30pm - Pre-Game

          7:00pm - Drop of the Puck

Cost: $18.00 per person (paid the night of the event)

Food & Drinks: There will be a buffet included, items will include: Cheese & Vegetable Display, BBQ Chicken Wings, Mini Burgers, Chili with Fixings, Potato Salad, Chips, Pretzels, Tortilla Chips, Dips, Nacho Bar, Cookies, Brownies and Soft Drinks.  In addition, there will be a Cash Bar.

Additional Information: We will be in a private room with 3 flat screen TVs.  Collared Shirts (for men), strongly recommended, Jerseys allowed, Jeans okay, not preferred.  Space is limited, please RSVP to Jessica Jones at activities@jacketbackers.org.


From the West: take 670 East – Stay straight as 670 ends into Gahanna.  Stay straight through Old Gahanna (do not follow signs for 62 going to left on Mill Street), past Hamilton (Gahanna HS on Right – street is now Havens Corners) .  After crossing Hamilton, stay straight for 2+ miles to Reynoldsburg New Albany Road, take a right.  Within a quarter mile, you will turn Right at the Jefferson gate onto Jefferson Meadows drive.  That dead ends into parking lot at clubhouse.  Enter the Clubhouse (right hand entrance)  and you will be directed to Men’s Grill.

From the South: Take I-270 East (Wheeling) to Broad Street Exit, about two (2) miles North of I-70.  Go right (East) off the exit about two (2) miles to Reynoldsburg New-Albany Road and turn left.  Jefferson Meadows Drive is on the left side of the road, about two (2) miles North of Broad Street.

From the North: Take I-270 East to the Morse Road Exit.  Turn left (East) on Morse Road.  Drive approximately six (6) miles east to a 4 way stop (Morse Road and Reynoldsburg- New Albany Road).  Turn right (south) onto Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road and drive three (3) miles.  Jefferson Meadows Drive is on the right side of the road.

If anyone is lost, club number is (614) 759 -7500.

Jefferson Country Club Website: www.jeffersoncountryclub.com


Jacket Backers Jerseys Now Available

You asked, and we listened! Our new Jacket Backers jersey is a Reebok EDGE system replica jersey, with a screen printed Jacket Backers logo crest embroidered to the jersey! Jerseys can be ordered in the home dark or away white, with or without pro-stitched customization.

Blank Jersey: $80
Customized Jersey: $130

Click here to download an order form!


December 2009 Newsletter

Our December, 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.