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Next Planning Meeting

Monthly Planning Meeting

Date: March 6, 2019

Meeting Time: 6:30 

Location: Aveage Joe's @ 4949 E Dublin Granville Rd. Westerville, Oh. 43081

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Membership Update

2018-2019 Membership as of 2/26/2019

459 Members (109 New, 350 Renewals)

2,198 Subscribers to our Email List

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Membership Benchmarks

696 Members 2017 - 18 Season

654 Members 2016 - 17 Season

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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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

$1760 YTD Raised in the 2017-2018 Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

$2620 Raised in the 2016-2017

 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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All-Star Game Watching Party - Sunday, January 25, 2009

When: Sunday, January 25, 2009

Where: The Garage Bar (147 Vine Street, Columbus, OH)

Time: 5:30pm - Pre-Game

          6:00pm - Drop of the Puck

Add'l Info: We will be doing a potluck, including a fantastic turkey from the smoker (or you can order from The Garage Bar menu http://www.thegaragebar.net/columbus-menu.html).  We will be giving away a 08-09 Team Signed Practice Jersey.


Game Watching Party - All-Star Game


January Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco

Welcome Jacket Backers,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope everyone got what they were hoping for on Christmas and more. The New Year has just begun and so far so good. I’m not good at making resolutions so I’m not going to start now. My only wish for this year is that the Jackets finish as one of the top 8 teams in the Western Conference.
As I have said in the past, this year is a rollercoaster ride. The month of December has been no exception. Our loss to Dallas on the road did not get decided on the ice but in the ivory tower of Toronto. Manny Malholta’s goal in overtime is overturned by Toronto because they said he kicked the puck into the net. Ultimately, we lost in the shootout.
As we close out 2008 and welcome in 2009, I believe the Jackets are playing their best hockey so far this year. Despite our loss to St Louis on the road, you cannot deny the impressive victories and consecutive shutouts over Philadelphia at home and Los Angeles and Anaheim on the road. Add to that a dominating victory over Colorado on the road and you can see the potential of our team. 
The Jackets have defeated every team in the NHL at least once when they beat Philadelphia on December 27th. Congratulations go out to Steve Mason again for being the rookie player of the month for December. This may be the first time in NHL history where the rookie of the month has come from the same team for three consecutive months. 
We have an exclusive opportunity to skate on the Nationwide ice on Wednesday, January 28th. The cost is FREE. If you have skates, bring them. If you need skates, they will be provided free. Bring your family and your friends for an experience you will not forget.
The trip to Buffalo turned out to be an awesome road trip. I can’t give out to much detail but I can say there were no international incidents reported when some travelers decided to go to Niagara Falls. We met up with some of our Syracuse backers to enjoy a 6 to 1 thumping of the Sabers. It does help to have a Buffalo icon as one of your TV announcers. Apparently, the Backers found a bar and celebrated the victory well into the night. The trip also included a stop to Syracuse to watch our Triple-A Crunch team play. The Syracuse arena was featured in the classic hockey movie, Slap Shot. In fact, the jersey number worn by Paul Newman has been retired and is hanging in the rafters.
As the season progresses we are witnessing the Jackets mature and gel as one solid unit. Rick Nash on occasion can single-handedly carry this team but you can see other players making the big play or stepping up their game when it counts. Nash is finding the open man and is passing the puck. He is assisting the defense and playing all out on the penalty kill. He is growing before our eyes and is becoming the multi-dimensional player we knew he could be. Everyone is getting involved in the scoring. That’s a good sign to see. Every line can and has put the puck in the back of the net. Our defense has improved from last year. Our forwards are getting more involved and are back checking our opponents off the puck as they try to move the puck down ice. Our defensemen have been able to battle through injuries and give stellar performances in assisting our goaltenders. Shutouts do not just happen. These guys are blocking shots before they get to our goaltenders. They are hustling to clear the puck and are effectively moving the puck to our forwards. As for goaltending, what can I say? Injuries to our top goaltenders forced a change. Steve Mason has stepped up to the task. 
This has been an exciting first half of the season. The second half is only going to get better. 
Here’s to playing hockey in June

The Jacket Backers 


Exclusive Skate on the Main Ice!!! - Rescheduled




Jacket Backers, Friends and Family Skate on the Main Ice - Rescheduled!!!
When: Thursday, February 12, 2009
6 – 8 pm
Where: On the main ice, of course!
Event is open to all current Jacket Backers, their friends and family.
It’s not too late to sign up for the club!
  Children welcome – this is a family-friendly event.
Skate rental will be provided for free.
If you already own skates, it’s fine to bring your own.
To reserve your spot, please RSVP to Jessica Jones at activities@jacketbackers.org
with a head count of those attending.
Please note how many adults and how many children.

- Skates and helmets will be provided to all participants, with no charge.

- Free parking will be provided in the attached garage at the north end of the building. This is the garage at the north end of Nationwide Arena. It is the only parking facility/lot that we have any control over, and the only place that we can get you free parking at. If you park anywhere else, you are on your own.

- When you enter the garage, take a ticket from the machine and bring it with you.

- Enter the building at the lobby of the Ice Haus (the practice facility). Do not go to the box office or any other Nationwide Arena entrance.

- Pick up your skates in the Ice Haus at the lobby front desk, but do not put them on there.

- You will then be directed into the Arena through the walkway between the two buildings.

- Chairs will be set up at the Zamboni area near the entrance to the ice. You will be able to put your skates on there.

- Please keep in mind, there will not be food nor refreshments provided at this event, and you can not bring your own food in. You can bring drinks. In other words, plan accordingly for eating before and after the event.



Game Watching Party - Friday, January 9, 2009

Game Watching Party

When: Friday, January 9, 2009

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.  Jerseys allowed, Jeans okay, not preferred.


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 approxiametely 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 759 -7500.

Jefferson Country Club Website: www.jeffersoncountryclub.com


A Message from Membership Chair David Yatsco


Welcome JacketBacker Members,

If I had to summarize the first two months of this hockey season in one word it would be WOW!!!  Can you name our most productive line so far?  If your list includes Rick Nash, I would have to tell you to guess again.  The young guns of Derrick Brassard and Jakub Voracek along with Jason Chimera are really pressuring the opposing goaltenders.  Speed, precise passing, amazing stick handling and cannons for shots have turned this trio into a legitimate threat to score every time they hit the ice.  Congratulations are in order for Derrick Brassard for being named NHL Rookie of the Month for October and to Steve Mason for being named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November.  
Most games have been a rollercoaster ride.  We’ve seen our boys out shoot and out play Chicago only to lose in a shootout.  We’ve also had Nicky Zherdev return with the New York Rangers and lead them to a 3 – 2 victory.  The sad part of that game is we outplayed them for 50 minutes only to lose our composure and the lead in the last 10.  We have also seen our boys go into Dallas and Colorado and take it to the home team.  

The latest home stand has been exciting to say the least.  Montreal came into the Wide and for the first period pretty much controlled the game.  However, we held it together and for the second year in a row beat the Habs.  Calgary tried to muscle us out of our game but we were ready.  Our veterans turned up the heat and put a hurting on the Flames.  Washington rolled into town and Ovechkin became NOvechkin.  Our defense and our amazing rookie goaltender sandwiched him and the rest of the Capitals and they left Columbus with no goals and no points.  Division leading Vancouver entered Nationwide and they threw everything including the kitchen sink at our boys.  We were up to the task.  If you were at the arena, you will never forget the last 1:57 seconds of that game.  Fedor Tyutin was whistled for a 2 minute penalty and the Jackets were going to be a man down for the remainder of the 3rd period.  The Jackets had a one goal lead and we all knew the Canucks would pull their goaltender for the 6 on 4 advantage.  At the drop of the puck the entire crowd went to their feet screaming and cheering on the Jackets for the remainder of the game.  Shots were coming from all angles.  Bodies were flying everywhere.  Mason guarded the crease with all he had.  When the final horn sounded, the Jackets held on for the win.  With momentum in our favor, we headed west.  Boy what a difference a week makes.  There is no easy way to say this - we tanked.  We went from being 9th in our conference to being at or near the bottom.  We lost all three games. The Kings recorded the first shutout against us this year.  Time for some home cookin.            

Our road game to Buffalo on Friday (11/14) was a huge success.  Stay tuned for an update on more travel opportunities.  

Tickets for the Penguins game in February are sold out.  More information will follow on how to get the tickets.  

QFM96 and their sports director Arch Madness had a special pre-hockey game broadcast at the Garage Bar before the Montreal game on Friday, November 7th.  The club got some good plugs and our President Julie Maurer participated in a live radio interview.  The next broadcast was December 11th when we faced Nashville. Again, Archie promoted our club on air. We will let you know when the next appearance is.  If you can attend, I recommend you stop by.  There will be good company, happy hour prices and the chance to win some prizes.  

We held a game watching party at the Winking Lizard at Crosswoods on November 3rd when the Jackets faced the New York Islanders.  We had a nice turnout witness the Jackets give up three goals in the second period only to score three in the third.  Unfortunately, we lost it in overtime.  Why Freddy Norrena ended up so far out in front of the net and way out of position has me scratching my head.  If you can find a silver lining, it is the fact that the team did not give up after falling behind.  This time we stole a point.  Congratulations to Anne Little for winning the team signed hockey stick.  
The Bluejackets Foundation is collecting new and gently used coats for most of the month of December.  If you would like to donate, please bring the coat to a Bluejackets game in December.  

The club will be raffling off a really cool 3x5 Columbus Bluejackets flag that is signed by the entire team.  I will be displaying it at the Jacketbackers table thru December 18th at the home games.  Tickets are $5 each and the drawing will be on December 18th.  Because we are not able to compete with the Bluejackets Foundation, we are not able to sell any tickets at the arena.   If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, Jessica Jones and/or Brian Maurer will be able to assist you.  

Fortunately, the season is not decided in a couple months.  We have had some bad breakdowns and some bad calls against us.  On the bright side, we are pushing back and are starting to gel as a team.  With a little more than 4 months left, there is still a lot of hockey to play.  As the season progresses, we will find out if we have the character to get to the next level.

Here’s to playing hockey in June,

The JacketBackers



Game Watching Party

Game Watching Party

When: Thursday, December 18, 2008

Where: Rooster's (3370 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202)

Time: 8:00pm - Pre-Game

          8:30pm - Drop of the Puck

Add'l Info: We have the back room reserved for this game watching party.  Check out their menu at http://www.roosterswings.com.


Come see the Syracuse Crunch in Cleveland vs. the Lake Erie Monsters!

Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm

It’s the middle of the College Bowl Season (the only bowl game scheduled for Saturday is the International Bowl featuring the Big East vs. the MAC), the Blue Jackets are on a road trip, and our farm team is playing up the road in Cleveland at The Q.
Tickets are $28 for lower bowl tickets. When we were in Syracuse, the Crunch Corps fan club was planning a bus trip to Cleveland for this game. If those plans are still on, we will try to coordinate seating with their group.
We would need your payment  by December 23 (Blue Jackets home vs. LA). We will place the order for tickets and either distribute them in Columbus or have them at Will Call in Cleveland.
For more information or to sign up for your tickets contact treasurer@jacketbackers.org.



A Peek Behind The Curtain!

 In only its second year as a club event, the Nationwide Arena tour has become one of our favorite activities!

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Get Your Chance To Carry The Team-Signed Flag! - Tickets Now Available!

Here's a great opportunity to CARRY THE FLAG with this 3' x 5' beauty!  Flag was purchased by the club this season and the Jackets allowed us to send this item through their first team signing opportunity early this season.
Flag is 100% polyester and beautifully signed by your Columbus Blue Jackets in brilliant silver.
Tickets are just $5.00 each.  Don't delay - get your tickets soon!  Drawing will be held on December 18th.  We are not permitted to sell raffle tickets in the arena, but we'll bring the flag for display for the next few games - catch us at the JB table in between periods.  You can obtain your chances pre- or post- game at the Garage Bar - just look for one of the JB officers - or email Brian Maurer at treasurer@jacketbackers.org to arrange to purchase your chances to Carry This Flag.  With your help, we can make this drawing a success.  Good luck to all!



Game Watching Party

Officer Meeting / Game Watching Party / Memorabilia Swap

When: Sunday, December 7, 2008

Where: The Garage Bar (147 Vine St. Columbus, OH)

Time: 5:00pm - Officer Meeting

          7:30pm - Pre-Game

          8:00pm - Drop of the Puck

Add'l Info: Bring your favorite covered dish to share with the group or order directly from the menu (http://www.thegaragebar.net/columbus-menu.html).

Memorabilia Swap: Have any extra Jackets stuff you'd like to trade for different kinds of Jackets stuff?  Some of us do...  So if you like, search your closets and corner shelf.

Bring your extras and search for someone else's hidden treasures!