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Blue Jackets firing off successful history lesson

Friday, 10.24.2008 / 3:26 PM / Super Saturday

By Ryan Mulcrone - ColumbusBlueJackets.com

For the 2007-08 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets put efforts toward re-emphasizing the origins of the team's name, which is a tribute to Ohio's contributions during war time, particularly the Union Army during the American Civil War.

One of the most noticeable results of this endeavor is the Blue Jackets Goal Cannon, a 12-pound, 1857 Napoleon authentic reproduction, which sits proudly in Nationwide Arena and fires every time the Blue Jackets score a goal.
 
As no cannon on the battlefield would have been left unmanned, it was deemed necessary to have a Cannon Sentry stand guard at the cannon during games to lend further tribute to the soldiers of the Civil War era.
 
Pete Quint was hired for the position of Cannon Sentry. Quint's duty is to serve as the uniformed guard to ensure the safety and security of the cannon, take photos with fans and answer general questions about the team or cannon.

In addition, each time the Blue Jackets score, Pete signals the cannon to fire and waves a 4-foot-by-6-foot Blue Jackets flag.

Through his impressive knowledge of the cannon and its origins, good-natured personality and high visibility during the games, Pete has become an important and endearing personality at Blue Jackets home games.
 
Ryan Mulcrone is the Manager of Multimedia for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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