Columbus’ hopes for the bid dimmed when the May referendum failed. However, Nationwide announced on May 31, 1997, that it would finance the $150-million arena. Subsequently, on June 25, 1997, the NHL announced that Columbus would receive a new franchise. On June 23, 2000, the NHL’s two newest teams, the Blue Jackets, and the Minnesota Wild took part in the ...
Prior to the start of the 2007 – 2008 season, the Blue Jackets organization brought a hand-made replica 1857 Napoleon cannon into Nationwide Arena. The cannon is “fired” at home games whenever: *the Blue Jackets take the ice at the start of the game *the Blue Jackets score a goal *the Blue Jackets win the game It was fired 164 ...
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
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.
2000 – Present / National Hockey League
2000 – Present / Columbus Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets – Picked out of 14,000 entries in a contest for the Columbus franchise, Blue Jackets won the vote over the second-place Justice. The name “celebrates patriotism, pride and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio and, more specifically, the city of Columbus.” Ohio contributed more residents to the Union Army than any other state during the Civil War. The name and logo are reflective of the area’s pride in its place in American history.
Stanley Cup 0
2000 – Present / Nationwide Arena
2000 – Present / John P. McConnell
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history