Next Planning Meeting

ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WELCOME

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

LOCATION:  Panera Bread
6665 Perimeter Loop Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
 

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

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2013-14 Membership as of 8/27/14

728 (273 New and 455 Renewals)

1,446 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.

Community Power Play

$1,700 Raised This Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation!

The Blue Jackets' 62 Power Play Goals mean $1,400 donated by the Jacket Backers plus an additional $300 of generous donations collected for the CBJ Foundation.  Thank you for your support!

Buffalo Bus Trip 1/18/2014

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Jacket Backers Travel Planning 2013 - 2014

We have been hard at work planning trips for the upcoming season.  We are working on a number of opportunities and they are in various states of completion.  We currently have over 300 tickets purchased or reserved in 6 different cities.  We are still working on a couple more possibilities.  As of 10/9/13 this is what we know:

Washington Capitals - 10/19/13 - SOLD OUT- Tickets only, travel on your own or carpool.  Hotel discount code available for the Hampton Inn in Silver Spring, MD.  Tickets are $95 each.  

These tickets are currently sold out.  Only use the Buy Now button below if you have already made arrangements to purchase these tickets!  

Click Here for Full Details.  

Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/1/13 - CANCELLED 9/5/13 - Group Ticket Sales began Monday 8/26/13.  We were planning on purchasing at least 30 tickets for this game but Pittsburgh's group pricing structure has changed.  Despite being told that upper bowl group seating would be available for this game, we are now being told that only lower bowl tickets are available for group sale at $145 - $155 per ticket.

With the price increase, we were unable to find enough interested people to purchase a block of tickets.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Ottawa Senators - 11/17/13 - Update:  Time is running out to join this trip.  We currently have 16 people going to Ottawa.  We have to make our final ticket commitment and payment on 10/14.  If you are interested in going on this trip, please purchase your ticket by Sunday 10/13 at 9:00pm.

Tickets only, travel on your own or car pool. Please remember that you will need a valid, signed passport to travel to and from Canada.  Hotel discount code available for the Holiday Inn & Suites - Ottawa Downtown.  Click here for full details.

Buffalo Sabres - 1/18/14 - We have our bus trip planned.  We have 68 tickets and a 54 passenger bus reserved.  We have reservations at the Hyatt within one mile of the First Niagara Center.  (There is free metro service from the hotel to the arena).  The complete bus package will cost $210 per person (based on 2 people to hotel room).  

PLEASE NOTE:  THE BUS IS CURRENTLY FULL - TICKETS ONLY ARE STILL AVAILABLE - PLEASE USE THE BUTTON BELOW TO PAY FOR THE BUS TRIP ONLY IF YOU ALREADY HAVE MADE ARRANGEMENTS OR UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE PUTTING YOURSELF ON A WAITING LIST.

Click Here for full Details.

Buffalo Bus Trip 1/18/14

Nashville Predators - 3/8/14 - We have our bus trip planned.  We have a block of 120 tickets reserved.  Our tickets will be in or near Sections 223 & 224.  We have rooms reserved at the Best Western, Downtown Convention Center within .4 miles of Bridgestone Arena. The complete bus trip costs $230 (based on 2 people to hotel room).  We also have a limited number of tickets only available for $74 each.  Click here for full details.

Nashville Trip Options 3/8/14

New York Islanders - 3/23/14 - We have had very limited feedback about going to New York. If you are interested in seeing if we can get enough interest on a block of tickets please contact Chris at travel@jacketbackers.org.  If we get enough interest, we can see if we can still purchase group seating.

Tampa Bay Lightning/Florida Panthers - 4/11/14 and 4/12/14 - We have reserved blocks of tickets for both games in Florida.  For the Tampa Lightning game we will be seated in Club Level 209 and the tickets are $53 each.  For the Florida Panthers we will be seated in Section 125 and the tickets are $62 each.

We are also looking to see if we can provide shuttle service from Tampa to Miami and back, as well as find hotel discounts for our group.  You would be responsible for your own air transportation to and from Florida.  Please remember that this is Spring Break Season, so book your travel early (or when you believe you have the best price!)

Select your Tampa/Florida Tickets

Super Secret Bonus Trip?? - Carolina Hurricanes - 3/29/14 - Ok, we have a lot here already, but it is our first year in the east ya know and we were just kind of thinking.....

Contact travel@jacketbackers.org and let us know if you would be interested in a ticket or a bus trip to Carolina!

Sunday
Oct062013

Community Power Play Raises $82 for the Blue Jackets Foundation During 1st Weekend!

Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty ImageJack Johnson converted on the Blue Jackets' first power play of the season during Friday's home opener against Calgary.  With assists from Marion Gaborik and James Wisniewski, Jack Johnson will also be remembered for scoing the first ever Community Power Play Goal.

The Community Power Play goals continued on Saturday night on Long Island.  Mark Letestu netted the 2nd Community Power Play goal against the Islanders with assists from Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky.

The two Community Power Play goals mean a $20 donation to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation from the Jacket Backers.  In addition to our donation an additional $62 was collected for the Foundation resulting in $82 raised to date.

We will keep a running tally posted here on the website in the upper right sidebar.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Who has inspired YOU to donate in our Community Power Play?  Share their names and your stories with us!  Email your inspiration to powerplaystory@jacketbackers.org!

Celebrate Life, Celebrate Hockey, Celebrate the Community Power Play and help the Jacket Backers give a little back to our community!

Thursday
Oct032013

The Jacket Backers with Support from the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Present the Community Power Play

The Jacket Backers are proud to announce the Community Power Play!

For each power play goal scored by the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, the Jacket Backers will donate $10 to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.

Over the summer we lost our dear friend and dedicated volunteer, David Yatsco.  Shortly after learning of David's passing, thinking about all of the good memories with him, we quickly started wondering what we could do to honor David's life and his great spirit.

Occasionally, when the team hit a rough spot, David would put out a jar on our membership table at home games that asked for "DONATIONS FOR MORE POWER PLAY GOALS".  It was his way of trying to give the team a boost.

Going through some of our stuff this fall, we came across David's jar. It inspired us to come up with the idea of making a donation with every CBJ Power Play Goal.  With the support of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation the idea of the Community Power Play was born.

With each Power Play goal scored by the Blue Jackets, the Jacket Backers will donate $10 to the Blue Jackets Foundation.  And you can help!  At home games, at all of our events, or online, you can help.  You can help by making a matching donation with us, or any donation you choose, to the Blue Jackets Foundation via the Community Power Play.

We will begin accepting donations at the home opener at our table behind section 116.  When we score a power play goal, stop by our table to make a donation or just to celebrate power play goals with us!  If you are not at the game, we will keep a donation button on our website for your convenience.  All Community Power Play proceeds go to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.

Who has inspired YOU to donate in our Community Power Play?  Share their names and your stories with us!  Email your inspiration to powerplaystory@jacketbackers.org!

This year, we're donating because of Dave.  And John.  And Andy.  And Jane.  And Rick.  And Ryan.  And many more.  

Celebrate Life, Celebrate Hockey, Celebrate the Community Power Play and help the Jacket Backers give a little back to our community!

Wednesday
Oct022013

Use your Jacket Backers Discount at HOMAGE to Purchase a New Jacket Backers Tee and Hat

We are ready to roll for the 2013 - 2014 season.  And once again, your Jacket Backers Membership is good for 10% off all regular priced merchandise at HOMAGE'S retail locations.

Guess what HOMAGE announced today?  Brand new JB Tee Shirt and Winter Hat Designs!

And what better way to take advantage of your discount than purchasing your very own Jacket Backers Tee Shirt and Hat?!

Show your 2013 - 2014 Jacket Backers membership card at either Homage location - 4032 Easton Station Rd, Columbus, OH 43219 or 17 Brickel Street, Columbus, OH 43215 to receive 10% off all regularly priced merchandise.

You'll look fine in any of Homage's great selections, but you will look awesome and ready for some hockey when you are wearing our new Tee Shirt and Hat!

Tuesday
Oct012013

Introducing The Junior Jacket Backer and Now Membership Includes a Gift

Starting on opening day of the 2013 - 2014 season, the Jacket Backers will begin offering Junior Memberships to fans under the age of 21.

In addition, regular members will begin receiving Jacket Backers Souvenirs with their paid membership.

Membership costs will remain the same as last season:

  • $15 - Individual Membership (1 Adult, 21+) with choice of 1 Souvenir
  • $25 - Joint Membership (2 Adults, 21+) with choice of 1 Souvenir
  • $30 - Joint Membership (2 Adults, 21+) with choice of 2 Souvenirs
  • $10 each - Junior Membership (under 21) each with choice of 1 Souvenir

Junior Members will receive their own membership card as well as their choice of a Jacket Backers Pin or Jacket Backers Puck. Junior Members under the age of 18 will need the consent of a parent or guardian to join.

Indvidual and Joint Memberships will also receive their choice of a Jacket Backers Pin or Jacket Backers Puck for the same regular season prices of $15 and $25. In addition, Joint Members that would like to add a 2nd souvenir may do so for an additional $5. 

Bus passengers for trips must still be age 21 and over. Some Game Watching Parties may occasionally be held at age restricted locations that we will need to honor. But as always, family members are welcome and encouraged to join us at any age appropriate event or game.

The pins are on hand and available now. The pucks are on order and should be available at the CBJ vs Boston game on 10/12/13.

Monday
Sep162013

Travel Committee Meeting Thursday 9/19/13 - 6:30pm - Chipotle at Crosswoods

Come out and help the Travel Committtee with planning for the upcoming season and enjoy a tasty burrito.  We will be discussing the progress of our currently planned trips and deciding if there is anything else we should/can plan.  Also, we will be working on some of the logistics of the bus trips. 

If anyone has a business that would like to donate prizes to the raffles on the buses, they would be greatly appreciated.  Or feel free to suggest a business you think we should contact.

The meeting is at 6:30pm and will be at the Chipotle - Crosswoods at 154 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH  43235.

Please email travel@jacketbackers.org if you are planning on attending or if you have any comments or suggestions.

Wednesday
Sep042013

#DefendNWA contest - Jacket Backers style

WITH SWORDS!!!! courtesy of @frickindannie If you're on Twitter or Facebook and follow the Columbus Blue Jackets (or received our last email), then you're probably familiar with their recent social media contest on how YOU would #DefendNWA. Well, we're putting our own twist on it. To win here's what you'll want to do:

Official Rules

1-Be creative, or at least show us a sense of humor.

2-Post on either the Facebook Jacket Backers page at facebook.com/jacketbackers or Twitter @JacketBackers with the #DefendNWA tag one of the following: picture/photo or drawing of how you would Defend NWA...or have defended NWA in the past whether at home or away.

3-We'll choose one at random AND we'll post another "top" 5 options for YOU to choose your favorite through a vote on Facebook. (1st prize is a hockey stick - top vote getter on Facebook; 2nd prize is a puck-chosen at random. Both stick & puck are courtesy of the CBJ. We'll also throw in a $50 credit on one of our upcoming 2013-2014 away trips for both the 1st & 2nd prize.)

4-All entries must be posted by Sunday, September 15th - the CBJ's first Pre-season home game vs Pittsburgh Penguins.

5-On Tuesday, September 17th we'll post the top 5 options for you to vote on via the Jacket Backers Facebook page. Vote by liking your favorite or by commenting on the post. Voting will end on Sunday, September 22nd.

6-We'll announce/contact winners for both our random selection and Your Favorite Pick on Wednesday, September 25th.

The picture in this post is an example - courtesy of @frickindannie - (Thanks Dannie! We all loved it!)

How does Dannie #DefendNWA? ...With Swords!!!! 

Wednesday
Sep042013

Cross the Border to Ottawa - 11/17/13

Update:  Time is running out to join this trip.  We currently have 16 people going to Ottawa.  We have to make our final ticket commitment and payment on 10/14.  If you are interested in going on this trip, please purchase your ticket by Sunday 10/13 at 9:00pm.

The Jacket Backers are making their first group trip North of the Border.  We have a block of tickets reserved to root for the visiting team as the Blue Jackets visit the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, 11/17/13 at 1:00.

Our tickets are in Section 302, Rows E & F and the cost is only $55 per ticket.

Make sure your passport is valid and make your travel plans.  We can try to help arrange ride sharing.  Some people have expressed interest in renting a van for the trip and splitting the cost/drive.  We will do our best to help the group going share the travel.

In addition to the tickets, The Jacket Backers have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Ottawa Downtown.  The room rate based on double occupancy is $119 Canadian dollars ($138.04 with taxes) - at current Canadian exchange rates 1 Canadian dollar =  .96 US dollars.  An additional $10 per person charge applies if more than double occupancy.  In-door and out-door parking ($17 Canadian per automobile, per night) with unlimited in and out privileges is subject to availability and passes will be issued on a first come first serve basis.  We will provide a discount code for you to use when calling to place your room reservation.  Reservations must be made by 10/27/13 to receive our group rate.  The Holiday Inn is located in Downtown Ottawa's trendy Golden Triangle district and is mere steps from the Rideau Canal, where you can stroll, bicycle (or if in winter, skate) past many of Ottawa's greatest historical and contemporary points of interest.  It is 25.7 km (about 16 miles and 30 - 40 minute drive) to Canadian Tire Centre.

Buy your tickets now to join us on our first Canadian adventure!

Tuesday
Sep032013

INVADE BUFFALO Bus Trip 1/18/14

It will never look the same!Join the Jacket Backers invasion of the First Niagara Center to cheer YOUR COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS to VICTORY over the Buffalo Sabres!

We will leave early Saturday morning and arrive in Buffalo with plenty of time for a little pre-game preparation, cheer on the Jackets with 50+ hard core CBJ fans, enjoy a night on the town celebrating the Columbus Blue Jackets and return back to Columbus nicely rested from our stay at the Hyatt on Sunday.

This all inclusive trip package includes:

  • Game Ticket
  • Overnight Accommodations at the Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • Deluxe Motor Coach travel to and from Buffalo aboard the Funbus
  • Movies and Entertainment on bus
  • Light snacks and refreshments courtesy of the Jacket Backers
  • Raffle and Prize give aways

All of this for only $210 per person (based on hotel double occupancy)!

The Hyatt is less than one mile from First Niagara Center.  Free public transportation is available between the hotel and the arena.

Space is limited so sign up today!  The Paypal button below includes pricing options per person for Single Occupancy ($275), Double Occupancy ($210), Triple Occupancy ($190) and Quadruple Occupancy ($180), as well as a $150 per person deposit option to hold your spot.  We currently have a limited number of tickets only available for $66.  Contact travel@jacketbackers.org with any questions or requests.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE BUS IS CURRENTLY FULL - TICKETS ONLY ARE STILL AVAILABLE - PLEASE USE THE BUTTON BELOW TO PAY FOR THE BUS TRIP ONLY IF YOU ALREADY HAVE MADE ARRANGEMENTS OR UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE PUTTING YOURSELF ON A WAITING LIST.

Buffalo Bus Trip 1/18/14

Wednesday
Aug282013

Sad news to share about former Membership Chair, David Yatsco

CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKNEWSI have some very sad news to share with all of you today.  A close friend of David Yatsco informed me today that David passed away on Saturday, August 24.

David began serving as the Jacket Backers Membership Chair in 2008 for several seasons and gave the position all he had.  He was an unwavering fan through and through, even when our team had nowhere to go but up.  He was an enthusiastic supporter of the CBJ and volunteered his time at our membership table in arena sharing his love for the Jackets and hockey with everyone who stopped by.

He was well known for his "Welcome Letters" distributed in various means to new and existing club members and for his wry "Donations for a Power Play Goal" charity jar when things weren't looking their best on the ice.  It was with great reluctance that he stepped away from the position due to his ongoing health issues.  But that didn't stop him from trying to help and attending every event he could manage.  His passion for the Columbus Blue Jackets and for the Jacket Backers never wavered.

David was a quiet, unassuming man who always had a positive outlook on life.  He didn't like to draw attention to himself or his illness, but did quietly ask for prayers to help him have the strength to face this fight.  At first he didn't want many to know about his illness so that it wouldn't worry others until it became apparent he couldn't keep it a secret any longer.  At that point, he shared the news and began a quest to live with his disease bravely and remember to live every moment he possibly could to the fullest.  He was optimistic through it all.  He had a brief remission and had been returning to work, then his cancer returned and he began a new chemo treatment.  We hadn't heard from him much in the last two months as the chemo took its toll, but we didn't realize he was again so ill.
I last saw Dave at one of the Sunny 95 Neighborhood Block Parties during this summer where the CBJ had invited the Jacket Backers to share space in their booth and share our love for Jackets hockey.  The sun was out and David was smiling, looking forward to all that this season has to offer.  He'll be with us in spirit all the way to the day when the Columbus Blue Jackets hold the Stanley Cup high.
 
As David was so fond of signing off at the end of his Jacket Backers Welcome letters -
"Here's to playing hockey in June..."  in memory of David.
 

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home - 4303 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, OH 44515 with viewing from 5 - 8 pm on Friday, August 30.

Funeral Saturday, August 31 at St. Michael's Parish, 300 N. Broad St, Canfield, OH at 9:30 am - after mass, moving across street for gathering

Click Here for a link to the Funeral Home and Online Obituary

Click Here for a link to the obituary in a Youngstown paper

Click Her for a link to a ThisWeek Delaware story featuring David as a "Hero fo Hope" at this year's Delaware Relay for Life

The Jacket Backers will be working on a way to honor David's memory.  If you have great photos of Dave you'd like to share in an online remembrance, or would like to make a donation in memory of David, please contact Julie at president@jacketbackers.org.

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