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Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Preceded in Ohio's capital by the Columbus Chill of the ECHL, the Blue Jackets were founded as an expansion team in 2000. The team qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2009. They had previously been the only active NHL team not to qualify. The Blue Jackets' name and logos are rooted in Ohio's rich Civil War history. Rick Nash, David Vyborny, Ray Whitney, Fredrik Modin, Steve Mason, Geoff Sanderson, R. J. Umberger and Sergei Fedorov are some of the prominent NHL figures to have donned a Columbus sweater. Ken Hitchcock has been their coach since late 2006, and current general manager Scott Howson started in 2007. The Blue Jackets play their home games in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena, which opened in 2000.

About Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets ticketsThe name "Blue Jackets" was chosen to celebrate "patriotism, pride, and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio and city of Columbus." When President Abraham Lincoln requested that Ohio raise ten regiments at the outbreak of the Civil War, the state responded by raising a total of 23 volunteer infantry regiments for three months of service. Ohio also produced a number of great Civil War figures, including William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Sheridan, and George Custer. Columbus itself was host to large military bases, Camp Chase and Camp Thomas, which saw hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers and thousands of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War. There was also a Shawnee leader named Blue Jacket in the Ohio Country after the American Revolutionary War.

The team logo is a stylized version of the flag of Ohio. Previously used as an alternate logo, it became the primary logo as part of a Reebok-sponsored redesign for the 2007–08 season. The team's sweaters feature an alternate logo, a Civil War cap with crossed hockey sticks, on the shoulders.

On FSN Ohio, Jeff Rimer serves as the television play-by-play announcer alongside former CBJ radio analyst Bill Davidge, who joined Rimer in 2009-10 replacing previous analyst Danny Gare. On radio stations WWCD, WBNS, and 21 other affiliates in Ohio, George Matthews provides play-by-play coverage, with analysis provided by former Syracuse Crunch radio broadcaster Bob McElligott. Matthews has been calling Blue Jackets games since the team's inception in 2000, while Rimer started calling games on television in 2005.

FSN Ohio, which broadcasts 75 games per season, airs pre-game and post-game shows ("Blue Jackets Live") for each game. Home pre-game shows are hosted by Jeff Hogan and Bill Davidge, with the post-game shows hosted by former Lake Erie Monsters play-by-play broadcaster John Michael; road pre- and post-game shows are hosted by Ray Crawford. In-game reporting is provided by Michael. The host of the radio pre- and post-game shows is Mark Wyant. Fans can interact by e-mail and phone with the radio personalties during and after the game.

Stinger is the official Mascot of the Blue Jackets. Stinger is a 6 foot 9 inch bright green bug that walks amongst the crowd during the games and skates on the ice between periods while wearing a Blue Jackets' jersey. The image of Stinger was on the original Blue Jackets' jerseys. The Blue Jackets have since distanced themselves from Stinger, removing him entirely from the jerseys beginning in the 2005 season. The current logo of the Blue Jackets consists of the state of Ohio flag swirled around a star which is portrayed prominently on the Blue Jackets jersey. Another noteworthy symbol of the Blue Jackets is the IGS Energy blimp that flies in the air above the crowds in Nationwide Arena between periods.