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Playing in a city with one of the most rabid fan bases in the country, the Columbus Blue Jackets are on the verge of a breakthrough. After a spirited run in the strike-shortened 2012-13 season, the Blue Jackets are ready for a jump to prime-time as they join the newly formed Metropolitan Division with NHL heavyweights like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers.
Is This the Year?
Since coming into the league in 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets have made just one appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In spite of their struggles, the fans have remained loyal. With prospects on the rise and one of the best young goalies in the league in Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus fans might just get the kind of season they’ve been waiting for. With the enormously talented Marian Gaborik looking for a bounce back year, the Blue Jackets are poised for a breakthrough.
The Blue Jackets made headlines in the off-season by signing Boston Bruins star Nathan Horton. Once he returns following shoulder surgery, Horton figures to bring playoff savvy and experience to a young Columbus roster that’s loaded with talent all over the ice.
Hockey Night at Nationwide
At the heart of the thriving Arena District, Nationwide is a spectacular place to watch a hockey game. Though the Blue Jackets are relatively new to the NHL, due to the weighted schedule and the deeply entrenched regional, sports-based animosities, they’ve built rivalries with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild, who entered the league alongside Columbus.
But… What’s a Blue Jacket?
The name “Blue Jackets” was chosen to honor the rich Civil War history in Ohio and that motif is reflected in the team’s colors and crest. Additionally, since 2007 the Blue Jackets have employed a Civil War-style cannon.