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Meeting Time: 6:30 

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2018-2019 Membership as of 2/26/2019

459 Members (109 New, 350 Renewals)

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675 Members 2015 - 16 Season

674 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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Saturday
Mar212009

March Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

 

Welcome Jacket Backers,
 
With less than 10 games remaining in the season it is officially CRUNCH TIME. Only seven points separate us from ninth place and four points are keeping us out of fourth. A month or two ago, fourth place in our conference seemed almost impossible. How did our boys make this goal attainable? There are a few reasons.
 
1)      At the March 4th trade deadline, the Bluejackets started the day by making a huge deal. We sent goaltender Pascal LeClaire, our number one draft pick in 2001, and a fourth round draft pick in the upcoming 2009 draft to the Ottawa Senators for center Antoine Vermette. Ottawa received a bonafied goaltender in LeClaire and we received the top center we have been searching for the last three or so years. So far, Vermette has played in six games for the Bluejackets and has scored 2 goals and 5 assists. He has been making an impact on every shift he is on the ice. He has great speed, and is third in the league in face-offs won. Vermette is signed through next season and Scott Howson will be able to negotiate for an extension after July 1st. The team is 5-1 since he has been added to the lineup and is 5-0 when he registers a point. His presence is making him a force other teams cannot ignore.
 
2)      Our defense continues to improve. When the team, from the goalie to the forwards, play as a unit, we are as good as any team in the league. The Jackets are one of the hardest teams to play against at even strength. We usually get in trouble when we don’t stay out of the penalty box. Our penalty kill is respectable at 15th in the league with an 81.5% penalty kill percentage. (New York Rangers lead the league with 87.1%) Our forwards apply pressure and back check our opponents as they try to move the puck up the ice. Our defense continues to block shots before they even reach our goaltender. This brings me to reason three.  
 
3)      Goaltending. The play of Steve Mason this year is probably the biggest reason the Jackets front office felt Pascal LeClaire could be traded. The twenty-year-old rookie has 28 wins so far this year and leads the league with 9 shutouts. His solid play has helped the team maintain their winning consistency. Our longest losing streak so far this year has been 3 games. It has happened four times. On the positive side, our longest winning streak has been 4 games. That has happened 3 times so far this year. If Mason can win at least 30 games this season and the Bluejackets make the playoffs, I think he will be named Rookie of the Year.
 
The Jacket Backers third road trip happened on March 7th when we took on the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. After a quick lunch at Tony Packo’s in Toledo, we arrived in Detroit in force and quickly invaded our pre-game meeting location – the Anchor Bar. Let’s Go Jackets echoed off the walls and the Red Wing faithful told us we didn’t have a chance. I guess that’s why we play the game. The Jackets scored first, around the 15 minute mark and led 2-0 at the end of the first period. We were leading 4-1 at the end of the second period but we were not done yet. Rick Nash scored his second hat trick against Detroit this year with three unassisted goals, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1948, and the Jackets beat Detroit 8-2. The Jacket Backers in the stands were beside themselves. Our group of 50 plus shouted down an entire arena of Red Wings fans. Believe me our cheers filled the Joe. After the game we “visited” the press box area to let the Bluejackets faithful in Columbus know “That Just Happened”. I know our broadcast guys were glad to see us. Both Bill Davidge and Danny Gare had grins from ear to ear after the game. Our return to the Anchor Bar was nothing short of a victory celebration. High Fives for everyone, “Let’s Go Jackets” cheers filled the bar with no detractors in sight. We drank toasts to our conquering heroes. The Anchor Bar became a Bluejacket bar that night.
 
Our return to Columbus saw the team play what I believe was the best hockey I have ever seen at Nationwide Arena. Our game against the Boston Bruins was a hard fought, close checking game. The score was 0-0 after two periods. Both teams battled back and forth and the goaltenders would not yield. Finally, at around the 13 minute mark of the third period, Raffie Torres shot the puck high on the stick side of Boston’s goaltender and buried it. The Bruins pressed the remainder of the game and we responded in kind. Mason’s performance in goal was nothng short of brilliant, stopping 35 shots. Rick Nash sealed the 2-0 victory with an empty net goal with under a minute left in the game.
 
The Pittsburgh Penguins were next at Nationwide bringing two of the top scores in the league with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Watching the Penguins skate is a clinic on how to pass and control the puck. Multiple times during a rush they would pass the puck between their legs, blind pass to an area or even drop pass it to their player following the play. Each time the pass was accurate and right on the stick of the player who was supposed to get it. As the game went on, the Jackets built a 3-goal lead about midway thru the third period. I blinked a few times and the 3-goal lead evaporated to a 3-3 tie with about 8 minutes left. The Penguins had 19 shots on goal in the 3rd period alone but Mason saved the game. We went into a shootout and finally won when Christian Huselius scored and Steve Mason shutdown Malkin, Crosby and Kris Letang.
 
Three big games against three playoff caliber teams late in the season and we came up with three big wins. This team of ours has turned another corner. We are proving to ourselves that we can play with the best and win.
 
We had another game-watching party on February 19th when the Jackets battled the Toronto Maple Leafs. A legion of Jacket Backers watched and cheered the Jackets to victory at the RBar. Congratulations to Matt Wagner for winning the team signed mini helmet raffle. The next game watching party is again at the RBar on Tuesday March 24th when the Bluejackets play the Tampa Bay Lighting in Florida. The puck drops at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there.
 
Finally, I have been suffering from headaches and a sore throat on hockey game nights. My stomach is in knots and I have moments of high anxiety followed by periods of exhilaration or depression. I checked around and found that this condition is contagious. It’s called Playoff Fever. I survived it in the late 80s and early 90s when I lived in Northeast Ohio and followed the Pittsburgh Penguins. The only cure I know that works is a Stanley Cup.
 
Here’s to playing hockey in June
 
Dave Yatsco and the Jacket Backers

 

Thursday
Mar192009

Can You Feel it?

As the Jackets round the corner into the final 11 games, something is building.

Like the relentless TRAMP-TRAMP-TRAMP of a marching column of Union Soldiers, the playoff race comes ever closer. The tension and the excitement seems to grow stronger each time you check the paper.
 
Maybe you've been hitting Puck-Rakers every time you don't think your boss is watching. (And then she asks you what you thought of last night's game!)
 
Maybe you're hitting your twitter on the sly, hoping to get a little tidbit about what's going on around the league.
 
Maybe you've been hitting Sports Club Stats every day with your morning coffee, hoping to see how each of the key games affected the Jackets' chances, and maybe you needed a little extra sugar in your coffee because you stayed up to watch that 10:30 game out in Vancouver?
 
Maybe you're seeing more people with CBJ bumper stickers, wearing jerseys on game day around the office, or putting a flag up on the porch?
 
Maybe you give a little smile and nod when you see someone wearing a new Vermette t-shirt.
 
The excitement is building. The buzz is spreading. It's on the radio, the TV, the internet.
 
The crowds are getting bigger at Nationwide. The chants are getting louder.
 
The Army of the Ohio is on the March. The playoffs are straight ahead.

WE NEED YOU.

Join us! Come out for the game watching! Carry The Flag with us to Nashville and St. Louis! Be a part of the push to the playoffs with us as we cheer the Jackets on!
 
LET'S GO JACKETS! 

 

Even though it says this was submitted by Brian, it was written by Matt Wagner.

Tuesday
Mar102009

32nd Annual OHSAA Hockey High School Final Four - Free Tickets

This weekend the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena will the hosting the 32nd Annual OHSAA Hockey High School Final Four.  Semi-Final games are on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, with the Championship Game being Sunday at 11:00 AM.

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets have offered free tickets to all three games for Jacket Backer Members.  We need to have a final count to them by Thursday at noon.  We will need to know how many adult and children's tickets you want as well as what games you would like.  If interested please reply to activities@jacketbackers.org.  The tickets will be available at Thursday Night's game vs. the Pttsburgh Penguins.  If you are not attending Thursday we will try to make arrangements to get you the tickets.

Tuesday
Mar102009

Nashville - April 4th - Tickets Only

 

 

 

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Come see Rick Nash and Your

Columbus Blue Jackets against

The Nashville Predators

Saturday April 4, 2009

 

The Jacket Backers have reserved a block of 30 tickets for this game in Nashville.  We have to act quickly to guarantee these tickets.  The tickets will be in Club Section 223 in the Blue Jackets attack twice zone.  This is a ticket only event and the tickets are $55 for members or $75 for non-members.  We need at least 15 people to guarantee these prices.  So sign up now by contacting travel@jacketbackers.com or treasurer@jacketbackers.com.

 

Thursday
Mar052009

Bus Trip to St. Louis - March 28

  

 

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ROAD TRIP! Blue Jackets in St. Louis
 
All 21+ Fans Are Invited to Join the Official Booster Club of the Columbus Blue Jackets
On their Road Trip to Cheer on the Jackets in St. Louis for only $285.00! (Members $260.00)
 
Departs early am March 28th
Return trip departing early am March 29th in time for home back-to-back St. Louis game at 5 pm
 
ROAD TRIP INCLUDES:
 
-      MOTORCOACH luxury round trip from Columbus to St. Louis
 
-      EXCLUSIVE giveaways and raffle items – the chance to win a team-autographed sign limited to those on bus.
 
-      HOTEL ROOM double-occupancy Suite at the Sheraton City Center Hotel & Suites
 
-      NHL HOCKEY GAME TICKET Sat, Mar 28th at 8:30 pm
 
-      EXCLUSIVE PREGAME PARTY one hour prior to game includes appetizers, draft beer, wine and soft drinks with personal bartender
 
Contact Anne and Jeff Little at travel@jacketbackers.org to reserve your seat!  Also, please indicate who you will be sharing a room with.  Single travelers may request to be matched with a roommate.
 
Hurry – only 30 seats available, buy yours today!

 

Tuesday
Mar032009

R Bar Game Viewing Party

 Columbus at Nashville

Thursday, March 5 at 8:00
 
The RBar along with the Columbus Blue Jackets are hosting "The Official Columbus Blue Jackets Viewing Party"!  There will be a chance to win a team signed stick or 2 lower bowl tickets to the March 10th Boston game.
 
While this is not a Jacket Backers event, why not come to the RBar to cheer on your Columbus Blue Jackets as they battle those hated Nashville Predators.  It should be a great game with playoff implications.  You are guaranteed to be surrounded by great fans, great prizes and great drink specials.
 
 See you on Thursday.
GO JACKETS!!!

 

Friday
Feb202009

Jacket Backers on Wall to Wall Sports Saturday 2/21

Set your DVR

To our surprise, 10TV WBNS stopped by the RBar Thursday night during the game watching party.  They filmed some crowd shots and spoke briefly with club President, Julie Maurer and one of our newest members,  Matt Garrett.  The segment is to air Saturday night at 11:35 on Wall to Wall Sports.

Tuesday
Feb172009

February Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

 

Welcome Jacket Backers,
 
As January comes to a close and we start the month of February, you will notice something very different about our team. It’s the way they enter the arena, the way they skate. This team is showing CONFIDENCE. These guys are learning how to win and win consistently.  
 
Since returning from the very successful road trip in early January, the Jackets have a 10-5-1 record. Impressive wins over San Jose and Detroit – twice - highlight this streak. In the first Detroit win, Captain Rick Nash and his refuse to lose attitude carried our team to a 3-2 victory. Rick scored a shorthanded goal, a power play goal and the winning overtime full strength goal for his first hat trick of 2009. In the second match-up against  Detroit, a full team effort brought home the 3-2 victory. Solid defense, stellar goaltending by Steve Mason and timely scoring by Raffi Torres, Jason Chimera and Jason Williams proved to be the difference.
 
Mason’s exceptional play and our ever improving defense netted two more shutouts in January. The Jackets beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 on the road and the Ottawa Senators 1-0 at home. So far this season, the Jackets are 18-9-1 at home and 10-14-4 on the road.        
 
The 2009 debut of two of our future stars, Nikita Filatov and Dan LaCosta, also occurred this past month. Filatov returned to Nationwide on January 10th against the Minnesota Wild and scored his first hat trick in a Blue Jackets uniform. His scoring and the team’s nonstop attack tamed the Wild 4-2.
 
With Steve Mason getting sick and Pascal Leclaire out for the season with an injury, the Jackets enlisted Wade Dubielewicz and LaCosta to fill in. Dubie covered for Steve Mason when we lost to Dallas 7-3 and started against the Penguins when we lost on the road. He did his best but both teams wanted the win more and showed it in their play. Dan LaCosta took a turn when he started against one of the best teams in the NHL, the San Jose Sharks. With a solid game by the team led by our excellent defensive play, LaCosta registered his first NHL win, a 3-2 overtime victory. Credit Christian Backman with the game winner when he buried the rebound of RJ Umberger’s initial shot. In his next start against the Foote-less Avalanche, LaCosta notched his first shutout with a 3-0 victory. That was our fourth win against the Avalanche giving us a sweep of the season series.
 
As we are in the middle of winter, you would think things would start to slow down but that is not the case. The past four weeks to six weeks were full of activities.
 
We had a game watching party for the All-Star game on January 26th. at the Garage Bar. Rick Nash helped the Western Conference with a goal and an assist. Unfortunately, the Eastern Conference won the game in a shootout 12-11. Congratulations to Bill Mills on winning the drawing for the team signed Bluejackets jersey. 
 
Our next game watching party will be at the RBar this Thursday – February 19th - when the Jackets take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The puck drops at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there.
   
The membership cards are ready and available for pick up at the membership table
behind section 115 at any home game or at any of the Jacket Backers events. If you are not able to pick up your card, arrangements can be made to be sure you get it. Let me know.
 
The Blue Jackets Foundation sponsored Hockey Fest this year on Sunday, February 8th at Nationwide Arena. This gave the fans the opportunity to see and visit with their favorite players. While there, you have the chance to get some one-on-one time to take pictures, get autographs, play video games, talk, etc. It’s nice to see first-hand that these guys are really down to earth. It is comforting to know that the guys we have on our team are really cool dudes. The Blue Jackets front office should be congratulated for assembling a group of guys that exhibit such high character traits. If you have never attended, you may want to consider going next year. It is a fun, family-oriented event.
   
QFM96 and Arch Madness hosted a celebrity bartender event at the RBar on February 11th. Rick Nash, Kris Russell and Dan LaCosta served beer to the crowd, with tips going to the Blue Jackets Foundation. In one hour, the event raised approximately $2000.  The guys then auctioned the jerseys off their backs with Nash’s jersey going for more than $400. Everyone had a good time and we were helping people win the prizes Archie gave away.
 
Our skate on Nationwide ice finally did happen on Thursday, February 12th. A nice crowd turned out to skate around the arena and to shoot pucks at the attack twice zone net. You were able to sit on the Jackets and visitor’s benches as well as sit in both penalty boxes. One thing I am taking from the experience is I got a player’s perspective of how large Nationwide arena is and how close the fans are to the ice. I can only imagine how loud it must be when the place is sold-out and the fans are cheering.     
 
Our second scheduled road trip was to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, we lost to Sixburgh 4-1.   The loss did not stop us from having some fun in the Steel City. A local establishment in walking distance to the hotel and arena was the pre-game stop. The Souper Bowl had cold beer and plenty of Jacket Backers carrying the flag. The post-game festivities are a bit fuzzy. I tried to find the place but was not successful. One group of Jacket Backers took the quick shuttle ride to the Southside of town but had a much longer trip back to the hotel. Ultimately, despite a few queasy stomachs and a couple of headaches, we all made it safely back to Columbus.
 
If any of you watched the Jackets take on the Hurricanes this past Saturday night, you must have noticed the attention given to the group of Jacket Backers that made the trip to Carolina. A small but mighty bunch made a major impact on Fox Sports Ohio. Jeff Rimer and Danny Gare made several on-air comments about the Blue Jacket fans in the stands.
 
We are almost five months into the season and the Jackets as a team are in the best position to make the playoffs in their short 8 year existence. To give you some perspective, we currently have 61 points with about 28 games remaining in the season. Our second year team achieved 57 total points respectively for the entire 2001-2002 season. Our third and fourth year teams respectively achieved point totals in the 60s. 
 
As fans, we need to organize our support for the team. I am challenging all of you to come up with some cheers and an appropriate situation to say them. The only rule is you have to keep it clean. Here is an example. This one, I believe, comes from the Columbus Chill days. Whenever the team scored a goal the crowd shouted – “ We’re gonna beat the puck outta you “. I figure if we win the game, we can also shout – “We just beat the puck outta you”. Another example is when Rick Nash is mentioned we chant “MVP”. Stop by the membership table before a game or in between periods with your ideas. You can also email them to me at membership@jacketbackers.org. We’ll collect all ideas and will review them at our officer’s meeting. The next one is on March 4, location yet to be determined. We’ll update the website with time and location.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
 
The next time you attend your next Blue Jackets game – STAND PROUD AND BE LOUD. I am counting on all of you to show the NHL that the best fans do come from Columbus.
 
Here’s to playing hockey in June
 
Dave Yatsco and
The Jacket Backers         

 

Thursday
Feb052009

Game Watching Party - R Bar

 Game Watching Party 

Where: R Bar (413 N. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215)

 

When:  Thursday, February 19, 2009

 

Time:   7:00 pm - Pre-Game Starts

           7:30 pm - Drop of the Puck

Who:   Columbus Blue Jackets Fans

What:  Game watching party to cheer on Your Columbus Blue Jackets to victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Add’l Info:

Columbus Blue Jackets Door Prizes to be given away the night of the event

Tuesday
Jan272009

Road Trip to Detroit - Sold Out

 

Visit Detroit to see the Jackets Beat the Red Wings!!!
 
Saturday, March 7, 2009 7:00 PM
 
 
The Jacket Backers have a block of 40 tickets in Section 203.
 
Tickets are $54 for members and $74 for Non-Members.  This is a ticket only event - no transportation provided.
 
To reserve your seats or for additional information please contact travel@jacketbackers.org.