There was much rejoicing in Ohio on Saturday evening. Finally an Ohio sports team was recognized for something good.  In a landslide victory, Sergei Bobrovsky became the first Columbus Blue Jacket and first Russian to win the Vezina Trophy. With four shutouts, an average of two goals allowed per game, and a .932 save percentage Bobrovsky deservedly won this award.

Here’s what Sergei Bobrovsky’s teammates had to say about his win:

I have a feeling this season is going to be a blast to watch. Congratulations Bob! You’ve made Columbus proud! Thank you for all you did for our team this year.

 

I think the best part about being a Columbus Blue Jackets fan is the way we play off of each other.

Exhibit A: The short twitter sing a long fans had the day after trade deadline.

 

 

*slow clap*

Jackets fans rock my socks !

 

Here we go guys!! As I promised on Monday I bring to you a fan spotlight :) !! If  you’re a fan of the Blackhawks, Sharks, Rangers, Stars, Jets, or Blue Jackets and want to be recognized for your awesomeness send an email my way. CTNspotlight@gmail.com

 

CBJ Fan Spotlight

 

Name: Cody Compton

Twitter Handle: @ccompton96

Tell me a little bit about yourself: I’m a major hockey fan. That’s all you need to know.

When did you become a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets: been a fan and season ticket holder since 2000! 

Have you been to a CBJ game if so tell me about your experience: every game I never get tired of coming . Wether we win or lose

Where do you see the team in five years: I see them as a Stanley cup contender.

Favorite current player: either Captain America , Dorsett , or , Cam Atkinson

Favorite past player: Jody Shelley

Favorite CBJ memory (on or off the ice): to many good memory’s to pick a favorite but any time we beat the Red Wings is a good memory.

Favorite CBJ Jersey design: 07 home jerseys 

BOB or MASE? Love Bob and love Mase no favorite here.

Favorite thing to eat at Nationwide: nachos, two cheese lots of peppers 

Favorite place to sit in the arena: upper bowl! You can see everything

If you could be any person in the CBJ organization for a day who would you be and why? Scott Howson to show em how to do the job ;p  (note: this last question was answered mere days before Howson was let go. It’s like this kid is psychic)

 

 

On this day 26 years ago in Indianapolis a very important document was signed. A document that would forever change the history of Ohio. The birth certificate of John Joseph Louis Johnson the third, Captain of the United States of America. Who knew this little bundle of joy would grow up to lead the US to victory upon victory?  What’s even more shocking is the fever that has overtaken Ohio. So much love for a man from the University of Michigan. Ludicrous I say, ludicrous. Today we salute you, Captain America. May you celebrate your birthday with the same gusto with which you celebrate your goals. Happy Birthday Jack Johnson!!

 

 

A little over a year ago I fell in love with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Many of my friends were miffed because I popped out of the womb proclaiming my love for the Chicago Blackhawks. They constantly ask me how I could even think about liking the Jackets. My response to them is usually this : “The Chicago Blackhawks are like your first love. You hold on to them because they have been there your whole life. The Columbus Blue Jackets are that homely girl who steals your heart and you end up marrying her. She cooks for you, cleans for you, and would do anything for you. The Blue Jackets are that team who will do everything in their power to show you just how much you are appreciated. Not because they have to because they want to.”  That my friends is real love.

I would like to take a moment to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for everything they have done for me. Especially recently.

To my very first ticket rep Erica : Thank you for the support you showed my family last 4th of July when my Uncle Don died. You called me the day after the funeral to check in with me. To see how I was doing. Not once did you mention buying season tickets. Then in February when I lost my job you gave me a hug and said things will get better. You were right Erica. Things did get better.

To James Wisniewski: I met you two days after I became unemployed. When you found out I lost my job you wished me luck and said “I’m sure someone as nice as you will get a job in no time.” In July you were tweeting out local businesses from fans on twitter. I still didn’t have a job so I chanced it and tweeted at you saying I had no job. You in turn did something that literally changed my life. You retweeted me and added “Someone hook this girl up with a job!”. Two weeks later a fan of yours, who I’ve never met, tweeted a job lead at me. I looked into it  and the day before my birthday I was hired in as an Assistant Manager. Thank you so much for your support. Thank you for tweeting out that I needed a job. I’ve followed your career since you were a Blackhawk and never in my wildest dreams did I think James Wisniewski would be one of the reasons why I have a job. I could never thank you enough.

To my second ticket rep Cody: Thank you for your patience. You became my ticket rep in the midst of my unemployment. You listened to me talk about my struggles with moving. Especially about how hard it is to be away from my family. You wished me luck with every job interview I told you about. You kept me positive with every job I was denied. You called me to congratulate me on my new job and to wish me a happy birthday. Cody you have gone above and beyond what anyone could ask for in a ticket rep. Again, thank you. I can’t wait to sit down and talk to you about what I can do season ticket wise. It’s going to be a great season!!

To, the one and only, Jack “Captain Amerijack” Johnson : Thank you for the birthday tweet that killed my battery. :) I was extremely worried about my birthday this year. It was my first birthday in 27 years that I was away from my family. Everyone that I’m friends with in Columbus was working on my birthday and I was afraid to be alone. See on my 21st birthday one of my best friends committed suicide and every birthday since then if I’m not busy I end up dwelling on it. Jack, this was the first birthday since her death that I didn’t stop smiling the whole day. The amount of love I received from your fan base was unreal. Thank you. Thank you so much for making me feel special on my birthday. You didn’t have to.

 

There are many more stories like this from fans around the organization. If you are a Blue Jackets fan then you are loved!

Please share your heart warming Blue Jacket stories in the comment below. I would love to hear them. I’m sure the organization would too.

THANK YOU COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS!

 

If there is one thing Patrick Kane is good at it’s causing a boat load of shenanigans. The man went out on the town last night with Jack Johnson the Third. Wait a second. That’s not Jack Johnson. I can see how one would get confused. I mean, come on,  the man on the left is wearing a plaid shirt, a Bauer hat and looks very American. If I had a whole case of beer and a bottle of Jameson I too would think he was Jack Johnson. Sorry man, the only thing you have right about this picture is the fact Jack Johnson is a “Good Dude”. I hope one day you get to meet the real Captain AmeriJack.

 

Dear CBJ Chirpers,

   If you’re going to take the time to chirp my team please take the time to be original and funny about it. Please do not waste my time with jokes my three year old cousin could come up with in her sleep. Saying things like “The Blue Jackets aren’t a NHL team”, “You’re team is going to be moved”, and “Everyone leaves Columbus so they can win a Stanley Cup” are lame and over played. I beg you to give me something that makes me go “That’s horri*giggle*ble”. Life is too short to not be entertained. ENTERTAIN ME!!!

So now I open the floor for the next 48 hours. Chirp away in the comments section. Make me laugh. The best chirp gets a hug, a high five, a Justin Bieber trading card, and a cupcake decorated in honor of your favorite NHL team.

 

READY! SET! CHIRP!

 

 

Everyone has a player they enjoy watching. The kind of player who plays with their heart and soul. The one who leaves their blood, sweat, and tears on the ice. The one who doesn’t put up big numbers but is a play maker. The player who barely anyone has on the back of their jersey. The one who isn’t talked about in the papers. The one career you follow as they get tossed from team to team and gets thrown on the third or fourth line because no one truly recognizes their talent. The unsung player. For me that player is Nikita Nikitin.

Thrilled is not the word I would use to describe the Kris Russel for Nikita Nikitin trade. I was raging. Which means when Nikitin stepped on the ice I scrutinized every move he made. I’m glad I did because my eyes fell upon a fantastic player.

After a season that left everyone wanting more, Nikitin went to Helsinki to play for Russia in the Worlds. He showed the world what I knew. He showed the world what kind of player he truly is. Playing in all ten games Nikitin was one of the reasons why Russia won a gold medal. He may have fallen in the middle of the pack with time on ice (141:03) and assists (4) but those stats are just the tip of the iceberg. If you counted blocks, hits that created a goal and third assists Nikitin would have led the team in all of those. He was always in the right place at the right time. Nikitin made things happen. Watching him play I realized there was no real thought process. Everything Nikitin did was with pure instinct. He just knew what to do at that exact moment. When Nikitin was on the ice it was like Russia had a second goalie. If Varlamov was to the right of the net Niki was to the left. If Barulin somehow ended up behind the net Niki was in front of the net. He wouldn’t let a puck through. Nikitin barely let anyone close enough to try and score. If they got close enough he hit them. Nikitin hit them fast, hard and clean. He went through the hit and stole the puck while doing so. Thus creating some of the most beautiful plays that I have ever seen unfold on the ice. Not just that but Nikitin’s puck handling was phenomenal. He passed the puck with such precision that it blew my mind. Nikitin knew where everyone, including the opposing team, was located. He knew when to apply the pressure and when to hold back. He wasn’t afraid to fight for the puck. Nikitin definitely was not afraid to sacrifice his body.

I am proud of Niki. His hard work, determination and passion paid off. I can’t imagine what was going through Nikitin’s mind while Russia’s National Anthem played. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to feel the Gold medal around his neck. What I can imagine is how proud all of Columbus is of Nikita Nikitin. Congratulations. Thanks for bringing our organization a gold.

 

 

 

At 11:30 Friday morning fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets gathered outside of Nationwide Arena to play games, listen to tunes, and meet RJ Umberger. This event marked the beginning of “Front Street Friday”. A day meant to celebrate the team and the players we love. There were dollar dogs, slap shot accuracy test and photo opportunities with Stinger. The Blue Jackets organization also provided free sunscreen for fans standing in line to meet RJ. Thus proving their commitment to fighting cancer extends beyond the realm of pediatrics.

RJ took the time to talk to each and everyone of his fans. Giving each one special attention. The way he handled the kids made my heart melt. You can tell he is a great father to his children.

Afterwards a few of my friends and I went ice skating at the Ice Haus which is attached to Nationwide Arena. While we were there we got a surprise visit from RJ Umberger himself.

 

 

Of course the first question asked was “How do you really feel about Jeff Carter”. For all of you curious Georges out there you will not find that answer out because we did not allow him to answer. We deemed it quite inappropriate. Many of my friends are new to playing hockey and RJ took the time to explain what it takes to train to be a hockey player. He went over the importance of the proper way to do squats. Honestly, I thought squats were just squats. I never realized you could hurt yourself squatting wrong. Also, thanks to RJ, I know why God blessed me with big thighs and a big booty. Apparently they help with balance and the ability to skate well. Too bad I spent all those year playing softball when clearly my body was built for hockey. Which led us to the next round of questions pertaining to what RJ Umberger does during the off-season. While some of the players go to the arena to practice in the off-season he works out at home. It gives RJ a chance to rejuvenate and come back fresh when the season starts. Plus that means more time spent with his wife and children. We chatted with him a little bit more and then picked his brain about the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Let’s just say if someone in the East wins the cup RJ won’t be upset.

All in all the day was quite pleasant. OK, I lied, the day was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience at Front Street Fridays. Thank you Columbus Blue Jackets and RJ Umberger for making my Friday memorable.

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