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CBJ salute first responders

The October 19 game will feature in-game recognitions, interactive concourse stations and more

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate First Responders Night with a multitude of game-night recognitions and themed attractions on Saturday, October 19 as the Jackets host the New York Islanders. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m.   

As part of the pregame proceedings, a joint Color Guard representing Delaware County Police and Fire Departments 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. During the game, several first responders and their family members will enjoy special experiences including Zamboni rides and the chance to watch pregame warmups from the penalty box and home bench.  

The presence of mounted police and a fire truck will welcome fans outside Nationwide Arena while concourse attractions will include the Columbus Police Therapy Dog Unit, Franklin County Bomb Squad robot, and a dress-up station where kids may try on police, firefighter and bomb squad gear. In addition, fans will be treated to pregame and intermission performances by the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, a group comprised of active-duty or retired Columbus police officers or firefighters.    

The evening also encompasses a fundraising component with Columbus Firefighters Foundation being the beneficiary of the Blue Jackets Foundation's 50/50 Raffle, presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union. 50/50 raffle tickets may be purchased in-arena or online at Fans may also visit the Blue Jackets Foundation kiosk on the main concourse to purchase commemorative First Responders Night pucks that will be used in pregame warmups. Pucks, priced at $40 each, will be available starting at first intermission and proceeds will benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation.   

The day will also include an afternoon hockey game between a combined Columbus Police-Fire team vs. FDNY Bronx. The 2:30 p.m. matinee will take place at Nationwide Arena. Admission for the Police-Fire game is free and no tickets are required.

For more information about the First Responders group offer that includes a commemorative CBJ 2019 Challenge Coin and a contribution to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, visit

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Anaheim Ducks. Game time is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan and online at 

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