Next Planning Meeting


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

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

 RSVP preferred to Julie at so we can save you a seat!

Membership Update

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!

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Group Seating Available at Washington Capitals - October 19, 2013

UPDATED 10/6/13 -SOLD OUT - Visit our Nation's Capital and cheer your Columbus Blue Jackets to victory!  The Jacket Backers have purchased a block of 30 tickets for the 10/19/13 game in Washington.

The tickets are in Section 432 & 433 and each ticket will be encoded with a $15 voucher for food, beer or wine at the Verizon Center.  Your cost per ticket and food voucher is $95.  Due to limited availability these tickets may be purchased by members only (members are permitted to bring family members and/or a guest).  If purchased directly from the Capitals these tickets would cost $88 plus $13.75 in fees per ticket and not include the food voucher.  

Purchase your tickets now with our "Buy Now" button below.  Space is limited.  

In addition to the tickets, The Jacket Backers have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The room rate based on double occupancy is $119 ($134.47 with taxes).  Valet parking ($15) is limited in the hotel garage, but free parking is available in the "Town Square Garage" directly behind the hotel lot.  We will provide a discount code for you to use when making your reservation online to receive this rate.  Reservations must be made by 10/3/13 to receive our group rate.  The Hampton Inn is located three blocks from the Red Line Metro stop with easy access to the Verizon Center and other Washington DC attractions.

We apologize to anyone that was hoping for this to be a bus trip.  That would have been our preference as well.  But due to the cost and immediate need to purchase tickets, we felt that trying to make a bus trip work to Washington would have prevented us from providing a variety of other travel opportunities that we will be announcing in the near future.

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


Jacket Backers Meeting Minutes Summary - July 25, 2013

Jacket Backer Meeting, July 25, 2013, 6:30 PM, Dan's Brick Lined Patio.

1. Krum Park playground was built earlier in the day.  Jacket Backer members, Julie Maurer, Chris Hapanowicz,  Bharati Jayanthi and Brian Schooley, were in attendance. Some met director of park, Tomica.  Some Krum Park volunteers also weeded a community garden near by. Jacket backers would like to contribute more. The event was on the Channel 4 news.  Also in attendance was former Blue Jacket player Jean-Luc Grand Pierre as well as Marcus Stephenson, CBJ Director of Digital Media, and John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations.   Karen Davis, CBJ director of communications, thanked Jacket Backers personally for being there. 

2. Transition:  Tom, JB Technical Chair, will move  previous officer emails to new emails.

3. Jason, JB Vice President, will be the liason to other NHL fan clubs. Jason's job is also responsible for preparing agenda for each meeting.

4. Secretary:  Meeting Next Wednesday July 31, 2013 7:15pm planned to finish updating the Bylaws to provide an official one for the club. 

5. Treasurer:  We have 512 members for season ending August 31 and ~264 members for 2013/2014.  

6. Activities:   Cannonfest  August 18th B-Dub Bethel 1:00-4:00 PM. Raffles, 50/50 raffle  There will be Videos. Block parties have gone well, given away prizes and talked to people about Jacket Backers.  August 6th, is in Powel. Keith and Chris volunteered to help.   R-bar Hockey Memorabilia Mart 2013 Sunday August 25th, 1-5pm (will open at 11AM) R-bar is remodeling and will have some of their memorbialia for sale. People can donate or sell on consignment with 25% to JB.  Or  rent a table for $25.  Pick up any items not sold by 5 pm or it becomes Jacket Backer property.  Jacket backers did sponsor a hole at the R-Bar Annual Golf Tournament  benefiting the ALS Foundation on July 26th.  Jacket backers are excited that there are many more opportunities for game watching parties dues to more games are in the eastern time zone this year.   

7. Communications/Social Media- Michelle Harklau:  If anyone needs anything written/published, let her know.   Deadline is Mondays for email for blast out Tuesdays or Wednesdays planned weekly during season and as needed in Summer

8. Community Service (Chris Hapanowicz): Jacket backers have Adopted a Highway near Hudson and North Broadway mile marker 112 & 114.   More discussion of the Krum Park gardens, money was approved to purchase mulch and/or plants to help with the community gardens.  Let Chris know if you are interested in working the Presidents Cup.   For more suggestions of community service activities email  

9. Technical – Transitioning from Facebook groups to just the Facebook page. 

10. Travel Chair,  TJ, was looking volunteers to help call.  Planning road game trips.  

11. Janice – Officer at large:  Obtained player signatures on hats and pucks at draft party for use in future Jacket Backers events.   

12. Next meeting August 22nd 6:30 pm, Jason will find a location for us. 


CannonFest IV: The Return of the Fest!

It's Back!  It's BIG!  It's Officially a Thing... and it's in an all new Location!

Sunday, August 18th, 1 - 4 pm

Buffalo Wild Wings - Bethel Center

5240 Bethel Center Mall

Columbus, OH  43220

We look forward to seeing you there to enjoy Wings, Beer and a Brand-New Montage Video courtesy of the magnificent Skraut!

The Jacket Backers will again be in the house to help raise money for the Blue Jackets Foundation with raffles and great prize giveaways.  Check out the full story at The Cannon here!


Assist with Krumm Park Community Build Playground

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, July 23rd & Thursday, July 25th (8am - 4:30pm) to assist in the building of the Krumm Park playground at 854 Alton Ave, Columbus, OH 43219.  Tasks include assembly of equipment, mixing & pouring concrete, shoveling wood mulch, first aid, directing parking and assisting with food service & registration.  (Some jobs will require heavy lifting, others will have minimal physical requirements.)

Please contact Julie at if you would like to help.  (CBJ Staff will be helping also.)  Columbus Recreation & Parks Department hope to provide breakfast and lunch for volunteers, so RSVPs are preferred, but you can also just show up.  If you can't help all day, that's ok too, any time you have available would be welcomed.  Ribbon cutting will be Thursday, July 25th, 3:45 - 4:00pm.  ...Clean-up help after the ribbon-cutting is also needed.


Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Officers!

There are Thank You's all around!

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Winking Lizard for our Officer Elections.

Thank you to the CBJ for providing a team signed stick and other giveaways for the evening.

Thank you to our 2012 - 2013 officers for their hard work in a strange shortened season.

Congratulations and here's to looking forward to a fantastic 2013 - 2014 Season with our new officers: 

  • President - Julie Maurer
  • Vice President - Jason Harrison
  • Secretary - Sara Hale
  • Treasurer - Brian Maurer
  • Assistant Secretary - Linda Binger
  • Assistant Treasurer - Lou Ann Nye
  • Membership Chair - Brian Harrison
  • Activities Chair - Jessica Jones
  • Communications/Social Media Chair - Michelle Harklau
  • Travel Chair - TJ Nocar
  • Technical Chair - Tom Farynowski
  • Community Service Chair - Chris Hapanowicz
  • Marketing Chair - Andrew Kranek
  • Officer-at-Large - Janice Burns

Nominations received to date for JB elections on 6/25/13

Nominations received to date for Jacket Backers 2013 - 2014 elected officers and committee chairs (in order of election):
  1. President - Julie Maurer
  2. Vice President - Jason Harrison (has not yet accepted nomination)
  3. Secretary - Sara Hale
  4. Treasurer - Brian Maurer
  5. Assistant Secretary - none yet received
  6. Assistant Treasurer - Lou Ann Nye
  7. Membership Chair - none yet received
  8. Activities Chair - Jessica Jones
  9. Communications/Social Media Chair - Michelle Harklau
  10. Travel Chair - T.J. Nocar
  11. Technical Chair - Tom Farynowski
  12. Community Service Chair - none yet received
  13. Marketing Chair - none yet received
  14. Officer-at-Large - Janice Burns
  • Nominations can be made by email to or in person to the President or Secretary.
  • Nominations remain open for a given position up to the election of that position.
  • For more info on nominations and elections procedures, head to our elections tab here!

Volunteers needed for Red White & Boom Beverage Stands on Nationwide Plaza

The Three-Legged Mare is a new sponsor of this year's Red, White & BOOM! on July 3rd and they have invited the Jacket Backers to man some of their beverage stands to help us spread the word about our club and raise tips for a fundraiser!

They will be running all of the beverage stands on Nationwide Plaza and the street will be blocked off and a stage nearby.  Click here for a map and stage schedules.  We will be allowed to help promote the club as well as sell memberships, etc.  We are looking for as many volunteers as possible.  It sounds like a great time and great way to meet a lot of new faces.

We'll need people from around 2 pm - midnight and you would be helping in shifts of around 3 - 4 hours.  We are still working out details as this opportunity just came up; the Three-Legged Mare or Jacket Backers may provide free tee shirts or ball caps.  Please respond ASAP if you can help out to Jessica at and let her know what hours you would be available to help!  The more help we can get, the more funds we can raise!


Come Golf at the 6th Annual R Bar Yuengling Light Golf Outing

The Jacket Backers are proud to be once again be sponsoring a hole at the 6th Annual R Bar Golf Outing.  Here is your chance to have some fun while supporting the ALS Association. Click here to download an entry form and Sign Up Today!

Click on Image to Download Entry Form

You won't want to miss this day of golf and fun with other hockey fans and familiar faces from the R Bar.  This year's golf outing will be on Saturday, July 20th at the Winding Hollow Golf Course located at 6140 Babbitt Road, New Albany - 43054.


All Proceeds of the Golf Outing will benefit the ALS Association.  Cost is $85 per person or $340 per foursome.  Your entry fee includes 18 holes with cart, boxed lunch, BBQ buffet dinner and reception, door prizes, giveaways and more!  Look for your Jacket Backers Hosts at our sponsored hole for some additional fun.  (Hmmm - now we have to think of somethng!  Any suggestions?)


The Golf Outing is a scramble setup with a shotgun start at 2 pm.  Register today so you don't miss this year's event.  Registration deadline is 7/12/2013.




Join/Renew Your Jacket Backers Membership - Win Prizes

Join or Renew your Jacket Backers for the 2013-2014 Season and be entered to win Team Signed Prizes!!!

Click here to Join/Renew!


Join or Renew by the end of the FINAL Stanley Cup Game (Date TBD) and be entered to win a Team Signed White Mini Helmet!

Join or Renew by the end of the NHL Draft (Sunday, June 30, 2012) and be entered to win a Team Signed Mini Acrylic Hockey Stick!

Join or Renew by the end of the 2013-2014 Regular Season Home Opener (Date TBD) and be entered to win a Team Signed Steet Sign!


Cystic Fibrosis Tournament - Friday, June 7, 2013 - Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Make CF History Charity Classic is an adult amateur hockey tournament that raises money and awareness for the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Players from around the country come together for an exciting weekend of hockey, fun and fund-raising. Each team will play 3 round-robin games, culminating in a play-off game based on seedings from the round-robin games.

For more information, please click here to visit the Central Ohio Chapter's page!

If you are interested in volunteering, please E-Mail Alison Lukan at

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