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CBJ Today: Snow Day!

With wintry weather hitting the state of Ohio, here's a look at the outdoor rinks of CBJ fans

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Each weekday this season, will post CBJ Today, a look at news, notes, analysis and fun stuff from around the Blue Jackets world. It's everything you need to know if you're a fan going into the day.  

The Daily Buzz 

The Blue Jackets are back on the ice today for practice, and it might be an in-depth one after Monday night's 7-3 loss at Carolina. The preparations will help get the team ready for Thursday's return to game action, as a contest against Nashville starts a four-game homestand that will also feature a visit from Chicago to Nationwide Arena.

Taking it Outside

With much of Ohio under a blanket of snow, yesterday felt like one big snow day across the state (are there still snow days with everyone on Zoom? Nevertheless...).

And as I woke up Tuesday morning and looked out my window, I started to wonder about what I'd write for this edition of CBJ Today. With the Blue Jackets off, there wasn't going to be much news out there, and then it hit me as I stared out at the winter wonderland -- I should ask readers and CBJ fans to send in pictures of their outdoor rinks and pond hockey experiences from the past few days.

But Jeff, you might say, you wrote about outdoor rinks yesterday.

Well, OK, I did. But who really can get enough of seeing some of the cool setups (pun intended) that this cold, snowy winter has provided us? It's a fitting time for it, too, with the NHL set to take it outside again this weekend with games at Lake Tahoe.

The thing that blew me away was the response. It's not the easiest thing in the world to find some outdoor ice, but I got so many submissions that this is going to be a very long post.

So thanks, CBJ fans, for all the pics, videos and stories. It's pretty cool to Blue Jackets supporters from across central Ohio, the state and even outposts beyond that lace up the skates and enjoy nature.

Tweet from @gbowers1028: Cincinnati, Ohio

Tweet from @mazinhabash: Backyard ODR day and night! Night after night!

Tweet from @soulcowboy00: At the lake house in Xichigan

Tweet from @trogdoress09: Took my 3 year old twins to tryout skating for the first time at Battelle Darby Creek Sunday.

Tweet from @jj_thomas25: @JacketsInsider My nephew and son are playing in Powell. 

Tweet from @BGSUPJ: Pickerington 

Tweet from @DustyPester: 10 year old Jacob Pester posting the empty netter in Ottawa, Ohio. #smallgoal

Tweet from @imzaditodd: @ Mickey���s Ice Rink in Avon Lake. My Blue Mite loved playing with his teammate and his older hockey buddy @ilovekermit9669

Tweet from @jake_ganger: Galena & New Albany 

Tweet from @wasp__: But the ice was nice over the weekend! 

Tweet from @RogOfTheVille: This is the 3rd year having a rink in Westerville, decided to make a rink after hearing Jody Shelley talk about it on the radio 3 years ago! Kids love it and so do the parents !!

Tweet from @cholby61: Wooster, OH 

Tweet from @RobbieWeaverJr: Granville, OH 

Tweet from @ArndtDavidb2860: St. Louisville Oh 

Tweet from @danieljthome: Aurora Ohio 

Tweet from @dcaron58: 2007 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets. Dublin, OH. 

Tweet from @TomOrr4: Granville, OHThis week was my first time out on a pond since Mirror Lake froze over in 1997 or so.

Tweet from @sthoma397: My husband in Dublin on Saturday.


Tweet from @kellyelliottmcm: In @ThamesCentre, Canada 🇨🇦- where @BlueJacketsNHL���s own Boone Jenner is our #HometownHero! The kids spend almost everyday here at the outdoor rink practicing! 

Tweet from @guffalito: Worthington Ohio 

Tweet from @zoomscrolling: Powell

Tweet from @Snowmobiler2855: Indian lake northwest of cbus before the snow fell 

Tweet from @Its_MattHorner: Medina, Ohio 

Tweet from @JoeSchoettmer: Backyard rink in Powell 

Tweet from @beefin95: New Albany! 

Tweet from @pattyrank: First year for our ODR. Have never enjoyed winter more than this year! 

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