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CBJ MAIL BAG: What is on Pascal Leclaire's Helmet?

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
Sunday, Nov. 12

CBJ MAIL BAG: What is on Pascal Leclaire’s Helmet?

This week's mailbag was full of questions about why it is tough to get a CBJ game on FSN Ohio in the Cleveland area to Gilbert Brule’s tattoo on his wrist.

Where are the Columbus Blue Jackets games on TV? According to the CBJ Web site, the games are supposed to be on FSN Ohio. Recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers are on instead. Who do I need to contact to get rid of Cleveland basketball and bring back the Columbus hockey?
---Don W., Chillicothe, Ohio

This is an issue between FSN and your cable system. On nights when CBJ and the Cavs play, only those viewers in the Cleveland area will receive Cavalier basketball. The rest of the state should be receiving hockey. Therefore, in Chillicothe, you should be receiving CBJ games over Cavs' games. FSN has had a technical issue with Time Warner in the region and is working to get it resolved. The best thing to do would be to contact your cable provider.

I'm a huge fan of the Jackets, and I got to meet Gilbert Brule at the Junior Jackets game on Nov. 5. He was really sweet and nice and I noticed he had a tattoo on his wrist area. I was just wondering, what exactly was the tattoo?
---Emily K., Parma, OH

The tattoo on his wrist are the initials of his sister, her birthday and the date of when she passed away. He got the tattoo when he was 17 years old.

“It means a lot to me to have her initials there,” he said.

In addition to the tattoo on his wrist, he has four other tattoos on his body. On his arm he has tattoos of a bird and a cross; on his ribs he has the Roman numeral seven, which is his lucky number and a tattoo on his stomach of his last name, which was his first tattoo when he was 16.

In case you are wondering where Brule typically gets his ink done, he recommends Stained Skin in Columbus.

I saw the Ice Breaker pre-game show [Friday, Nov. 3] and saw an interview with Adam Foote. In the background was his dog. Can you please find out what breed it is and maybe where I can find one like it?
---Bruce P., Westerville, Ohio

Adam’s dog is a nine-year-old Golden Retriever named Wyatt. He is a pure bread that the Foote family picked up from the President of The Golden Retrievers of America after a dog show in Colorado.

“His father was a champ, that is why he trots like that,” Foote said, and then added with a smile, “he can speak English and can even use the blender.”

I have a stats question. Near the end of the third period with one minute remaining a player gets a five-minute penalty for fighting. The game does not go into overtime. For stats purposes, is that player's PIM five because of the penalty or one since the game only had one minute remaining, hence only one minute could be served? Also, the same scenario with a two minute penalty, is the PIM 2 or only 1? ---Joel K., Piketon, Ohio

The NHL does not short circuit minutes, if a player gets a two-minute minor for tripping and the team scores on the power play one minute into the penalty, the player comes out of the box, even though he only missed one minute of the penalty and he is still credited with two PIMs on his personal stats. That goes for every penalty, a full 5 minute (or 2 minute) is credited to that player's stats total.

I love attending the CBJ games at Nationwide Arena. The entertainment throughout the game is always enjoyable. I particularly like it when the CBJ take to the ice. What is the theme song that is played while the players skate onto the ice?
---Tom V., Dublin, Ohio

The song that is played when the Blue Jackets take the ice is “Machine Head” by the band Bush.

This question is for Manny Malhotra. I know you are also a soccer player. What position do you play? Do the soccer skills help you play hockey? I remember one game last year when you made a nice kicking motion of the puck after a pass ended up a little behind you (and you scored).
---Cathy C., Long Branch, NJ

Growing up playing soccer, Maholtra was a midfielder. “I think the skills learned playing soccer helped with my footwork, I use my feet a lot in different situations,” he said. “We play keep up (similar to hacky sack, the players get in a circle and juggle a soccer ball with their feet) every game to warm up. It gets your feet moving and your blood flowing.”

When asked had he continued playing soccer rather than hockey, if he would be playing for the Columbus Crew instead of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Malhotra responded, “I wouldn’t go that far. I stopped playing when I was 13 or 14 and now I just play in pick up games and over the summer join men’s leagues. I don’t want to risk getting hurt, so I limit my play.”

Is that a UNLV Runnin’ Rebel on Pascal Laclaire’s headgear? If so, does it mean something to him? Does he like UNLV?
---Brian D., Columbus, OH

On Pascal Leclaire’s helmet there is a soldier wearing a Blue Civil War Jacket, holding a neon green stick instead of a weapon. The soldier’s face is from the UNLV logo, which is an older confederate army soldier with a long mustache. “I am not a UNLV fan, but I do like their logo. I thought it would work if I dressed him up in a blue jacket.”

“I gave the idea of what I wanted to a designer at TPS (the company that makes hockey equipment for the Blue Jackets) and he came up with four or five sketches and I picked out one of them. I think I am going to stick with this look for a while. I don’t really like changing things,” Leclaire said.

”My favorite goalie mask of all time was Eagle Eye Ed Belfour in Chicago when he had the eagles on it. It has changed a little over the years, but the one in Chicago was the best.”

Thank you for all of your questions. Don’t forget, throughout the 2006-07 NHL season, would like to answer questions from Blue Jackets fans. E-mail your query to for possible inclusion in a future mailbag column, which will be published every other Sunday. Letters can be addressed to any member of the organization and may be edited for brevity, length and/or content. Please include your name and location along with your question. Click on the CBJ mailbag to submit your question:

The next CBJ Mailbag column will appear on Sunday, Nov. 26. Keep the questions coming!.....

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