The Columbus Blue Jackets will celebrate diversity and inclusion in the sport with Hockey Is For Everyone Night, presented by VORYS, when the Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m. The evening will be highlighted by themed recognitions, fundraisers and a giveaway of a CBJ runner's buff, courtesy of VORYS, to the first 10,000 fans in attendance.
During pregame warmups, Blue Jackets players will use rainbow colored Pride tape on sticks and practice with Hockey Is For Everyone Official Warm Up Pucks. The club will then auction off sticks signed by the players with proceeds benefiting the You Can Play Project and its efforts to promote safety and inclusion of all in sports - including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.
Fans can text CBJAUCTION to 76278 or visit www.cbjauction.givesmart.com to bid on the individually-signed sticks used in warmups. The auction opens at noon on Friday, February 7 and closes at the end of the 2nd intermission of the Saturday, February 8 game. A limited quantity of the Hockey Is For Everyone pucks used during warmups will be on sale at the Blue Jackets Foundation kiosk located near sections 110-111 on the main concourse for $40 each. Also during Hockey Is For Everyone Night, the Blue Jackets Foundation's 50/50 Raffle, presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union, will benefit local youth hockey initiatives.
Pregame activities also include members of the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus accompanying Blue Jackets anthem singer Leo Welsh to perform the "The Star-Spangled Banner.
The Blue Jackets will further highlight diversity among hockey participants with an on-ice, pregame introduction of players representing a variety of programs including: Ohio Warriors Sled Hockey (disabled veterans), Special Hockey (players with developmental disabilities), Columbus Ohio Gay Lesbian Ally Hockey Association, Columbus Ice Hockey Club (Columbus Recreation & Parks program), girls' hockey, adult hockey, high school hockey and youth hockey. Additionally, kids from Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) will have a chance to high-five CBJ players as they take the ice and intermissions will showcase Sled Hockey and Special Hockey scrimmages.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Game time is 1 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 12:30 p.m. All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via FOX Sports GO. The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including CD 102.5 in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.