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#CBJSTH Appreciation Night a rousing success

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

It’s not every day that a hockey fan gets to take a face-off against their favorite NHL player.

Or show their favorite player how good their slap shot is.

Or hang out with thousands of their friends and try to get through autograph lines of every single player on the team.

But that’s what the Blue Jackets offer – along with so much more – to some of their most passionate fans at the annual Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena. It’s a social experience, a family-friendly atmosphere, and one that includes several exclusive events – but more than anything, it’s a way for the organization to say “thank you” for unwavering support through wins, losses, streaks and slumps.

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This year’s event was bigger and better than ever, featuring the usual assortment of activities for fans young and old that never seem to get old.

One stroll around the main concourse at Nationwide Arena saw fans in line on the Bud Light Terrace getting cold beverages from Jody Shelley, Bill Davidge and Bob McElligott, young fans playing basketball against Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky, and of course, a line to get photos with that beautiful 1857 Napoleon field cannon that guards the top of section 111.

And that’s only the beginning.

The Blue Jackets invited full, half and quarter season plan holders out for an all-out, Blue Jackets-themed evening, and one family that took full advantage was the Randall family.

Dana Randall, from Dublin, brought his wife Patty and two daughters (ages 9 and 5) to Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night and they were followed closely by Jackets TV (see the video above). They stopped by to get some face-painting done, they took face-offs and shot some hoops, and even found some time to pick up some concessions to stay fueled throughout the night.

PHOTO GALLERY: View all the best shots from a fun night at Nationwide Arena

STH Appreciation Night is one of the Randalls' favorite events every season, Dana said, and that sentiment was shared by several fans who were either waiting in line for an autograph from the No. 1 cop on the force, taking their turn trying to show off their shot on the Nationwide Arena ice or just enjoying a fun night out with friends and family.

Does this event sound like something you want to attend next season? For more on how to become a Blue Jackets season ticket holder, click HERE.

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