Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets to salute First Responders at Nationwide Arena

In-game recognitions set for Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers game on November 17

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate First Responders Night with a host of game-night recognitions and themed attractions on Friday, November 17 as the Jackets host the New York Rangers. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m.   

As part of the pre-game proceedings, a joint Color Guard representing Hilliard Police Department and Norwich Township Fire Department will accompany Blue Jackets singer Leo Welsh for the performance of the national anthem. In addition, the respective captains of the Columbus Police and Columbus Fire hockey teams will skate out to stand alongside the Blue Jackets starters during the anthem.


The presence of mounted police and a fire truck will welcome fans outside Nationwide Arena while concourse attractions will include a K-9 unit, a bomb squad robot, an OhioHealth CPR training station and a dress-up station where kids may try on police, firefighter and bomb squad gear. In addition, fans will be treated to pre-game and first intermission performances by the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, a group comprised of active-duty or retired Columbus police officers or firefighters.

The evening will also involve support of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as well as in-game presentations to honor the outstanding service and community contributions of two local first responders. During the game, several first responders and their family members will enjoy special experiences including Zamboni rides and the chance to watch pre-game warmups from the penalty box and home bench.

View More