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#CBJSTH at the Columbus Clippers

Jody Shelley threw out the first pitch, fans took pictures with the #CBJ letters and more!

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holders enjoyed a night with the Columbus Clippers on Thursday. Jackets alumn and broadcaster Jody Shelley threw out the first pitch, season ticket holders enjoyed photo ops infront of the #CBJ letters, two season ticket holders got to race on the field between innings and more! Take a look at a few of our favorite photos and video from #CBJSTH on Twitter:

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Catching up with Manny Malhotra

Malhotra looks back on his 18-year career

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Manny Malhotra built an NHL career that encompassed 991 games, 116 goals, 179 assists and 295 points with Original Six franchises like the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens as well as the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets. He spent five seasons in Columbus from 2003 - 2009 and had stops in San Jose, Vancouver, Carolina and Montreal before wrapping up his playing career with a 23-game stint with the Lake Erie Monsters, the Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, in 2015-16.

As a Jacket, Malhotra led the team in faceoff wins percentage throughout his tenure, and his 59.0% win percentage in 2007-08 is second-best in club history. He was nominated for the Masterton Trophy by Columbus media in 2003-04, and for the King Clancy Trophy, an award for the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, in three seasons (2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08).

Malhotra was an alternate captain for the team during the 2008-09 season and took the opening faceoff, which he won, in the Jackets' first ever playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings.

We recently caught up with Malhotra, who resides in the Vancouver-area with his wife, JoAnn, and their four kids, to talk about his time in Columbus and his new gig as a development coach with the Canucks.

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Zach Werenski's injury during the playoffs leads to charitable impact

The photo Werenski took of his injury quickly was turned into a t-shirt and then the wheels were in motion

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

20-year-old defenseman Zach Werenski isn't just making an impact on the Blue Jackets blue line. He's also leaving his mark on Jackets fans' fashion in the form of a unique t-shirt that benefits the Blue Jackets Foundation.

It all started when Werenski took a puck to the face in the second period of game three of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The impact was significant enough to drop the Calder Trophy finalist to the ice and, while Werenski returned in the third period, the injury eventually prohibited him from finishing the game and would end his season.

Werenski broke franchise rookie records all season long and led all Jackets defensemen in points (11-36-47), so Columbus fans were clearly very anxious for any status update.

"I was sitting in the hospital," Werenski said. "They told me my season was done and everyone was asking about my face, so I decided to post a tweet not thinking much of it. I figured just Columbus people would see it. Next thing I know, my phone's not even working because it's going so crazy."

Werenski's photo has since received over 33,000 retweets and 83,000-plus favorites.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: July 17

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Cam Atkinson gets married, the off season grind continues and more in this week's #CBJ roundup:

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Blue Jackets Assistant Coach Brad Larsen making an undeniable impact

Larsen helped put the Jackets atop the League's power play rankings for a significant part of the season

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Contributions throughout the Jackets organization helped make the 2016-17 season the record-setting year that it was. Assistant coach Brad Larsen, who serves as a leader on and off the ice for Jackets players, was a big part of that.

Larsen joined the Jackets in 2014 after working with the Springfield Falcons for four seasons. In his final two years with the Falcons, he served as head coach.

This meant that when Larsen came to Columbus, he didn't just bring his experience as a former NHL player in Colorado and Atlanta; He brought relationships he'd forged with many young Jackets players who'd played in Springfield including David Savard, Cam Atkinson and Matt Calvert.

 "He's a great guy," Calvert said. "I think he works harder than every other guy in practice, which is great. When you see a guy like that still working that hard, it really pushes you to be better."

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CBJ Foundation key in opening of Ronald McDonald Family Room

The family room is the first in Central Ohio

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Ronald McDonald Family Room

Ronald McDonald Family Room's Grand Opening

The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation played a key role in the opening of the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in central Ohio

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This week, the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in Central Ohio opened at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. The project, funded in part by the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation with support of the Lady Jackets, will provide a place of comfort and necessary amenities for families with children being cared for at the hospital.

Debbie Clark, wife of Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark, was in attendance at the unveiling. Debbie has been a big part of the Jackets' contribution to the project, and she has plans to continue volunteering there.

She intimately understands the need for a space like the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

"My first born spent too much time in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, (NICU)," Debbie said. "If we had a space where we could go just to get away and decompress a little bit, it would have been amazing. I am so thankful to be a part of this and offer that support and respite to families that are going through such a tough time."

According to Brian Jepson, Riverside's president, the family room hopes to serve over 800 families in the coming year, particularly the families of children in the NICU, who often have an average hospital stay of 19 days. The room includes a kitchen and dining area, a work space with complimentary Wi-Fi, sections for families to gather and children to play, and complimentary laundry and shower services.

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Former Blue Jacket Gregory Campbell finds new fit in coaching role

Campbell joined the organization as a development coach to help guide prospects as they work to become NHL players

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

At this year's Development Camp, there was a new coach on the ice. Former Jackets player and Stanley Cup Champion Gregory Campbell joined the Blue Jackets organization this year as a development coach to help guide the team's prospects through their journeys working to become NHL players.

"(Campbell) is accomplished," development coach Chris Clark said. "He's a type of player that had to work for everything. It's a process to make the NHL and that's a tough road for some guys because they've always been good players where they are. Part of our job is to relate experiences to the guys that the road to the NHL has ups and downs. Understanding that is what Campbell brings."

Campbell, or "Soupy" as he is often referred, was drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2002, and after a final season in the Ontario Hockey League, he split the next three seasons between time with the Panthers and the team's AHL club.

After earning a permanent spot on Florida's roster for four seasons, Campbell was traded to Boston where he played for five years including the 2010-11 campaign when the London native tied a career high in goals (13) and helped his team win the Stanley Cup.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: July 10

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The middle of summer means that vacations and golf are in full swing. More in this week's #CBJ roundup:

 

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Travis Roy inspires Blue Jackets prospects

A crash into the boards 11 seconds into his first Division I hockey game left Roy paralyzed

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Travis Roy talks to CBJ prospects

Travis Roy speaks to CBJ Development Camp

Travis Roy speaks to the Blue Jackets prospects at the team's 2017 Development Camp about living life to the fullest

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Each player comes to Development Camp with dreams of skating onto the ice as NHL player. Travis Roy had the exact same goals before those dreams were forced to change.

Roy worked tireless the first 20 years of his life towards the goal of playing hockey before a crash into the boards 11 seconds into his first Division I hockey game left him paralyzed.

The message Roy had was simple, but bigger than any sport.

"Who you are at the core is really what's going to get you through life's challenges," Roy said. "Whether you choose challenges or challenges choose you, having pride in everything you do can make most anything possible; a positive attitude helps you through some of the darkest days of your life; and having a passion can drive you to do great things if you set the goals to make them happen."

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John Tortorella looks ahead to the 2017-18 NHL season

John Tortorella talks about the Blue Jackets off season moves and his outlook for next year

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Part One: Tortorella with Rimer

John Tortorella sits down with Jeff Rimer

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella sits down with Jeff Rimer to talk about Columbus' offseason

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It may be the off-season, but John Tortorella is not on vacation. Fresh off winning the Jack Adams award as the 2017 NHL coach of the year, Tortorella is already focused on what his team needs to be doing to get ready for next season.

"The league is so unforgiving," Tortorella said. "if you're not staying on top of things and staying current and always trying to improve as a leader, as a Blue Jacket, and as a team, you get stuck in the mud.

"We've just laid a little bit of the groundwork, we have a little bit of a foundation, now we have to continue to grow as an organization and as a team."

Tortorella sent out his annual letter to the team July 1. And it's not a "how is your summer going?" message. The letter is a level set for the work that needs to go into being ready once training camp rolls around in September.

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