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Around the Ice: Military Appreciation Night

by Justin Haase @bluejacketsnhl /

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: It's our opportunity to show our gratitude.#CBJUSA🇺🇸 | #OutOfOurBlue

Tonight's CBJ game was a time to honor all of the strong people who have served for our country.

Tweet from @BrianHedger: #CBJ went kinda big for Military Night.

Tweet from @MarySmithNews: Now that���s a big flag #cbj #nhl @wsyx6 @fox28columbus

To start off the night, members of our Military covered the ice with the United States Flag and played our Star Spangled Banner.

Tweet from @JacketsInsider: Nick Foligno is fist-bumping each serviceman as they carry the giant American flag off the ice ahead of the game here. #CBJ

Right before the puck dropped, Captain Nick Foligno made sure to stop and give a thankful fist pump to each serviceman that joined the players on the ice.

Tweet from @JacketsInsider: #CBJ on the ice in tonight���s military-themed warmup jerseys, much to the interest of one young fan here

Young CBJ fans even got in on the fun too, getting excited for their favorite players to represent our very own Military members.

Tweet from @Lissa0404: Military appreciation night! Free hat to the 1st 10,000 fans! Thank you for your service! #CBJ #lovemyjackets #letsgojackets

However, older fans werent left out on the celebration.

Tweet from @jfkcbj: #CBJ

Here we get to see fans at tonight's game rep their new Military Appreciation merch.

Tweet from @HaileySims___: #CBJ

Military members were able to sit rink side for the game and cheer on the Jackets among other loyal fans. 

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Thanks to @elkandelk for hosting tonight���s Military Honor Row!#CBJ | #CBJUSA🇺🇸

Some of our servicemen even got the chance to sit in our Elk & Elk Military Honor Row, forming a great community in the arena.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Welcome home Sgt. Burke 🇺🇸

The night got even better when Sgt. Burke came home from his service just to surprise his family for the entire CBJ fanbase to see.

Tweet from @CBJGivesBack: Our Military Appreciation Items Drive in partnership with @the_USO is happening right now outside @NationwideArena! Fans who make a donation will receive a voucher for one free ticket to an upcoming @BlueJacketsNHL home game! Learn More:

For tonights game, the Blue Jackets partnered with The USO, a nonprofit corporation that supports giving back to American servicemen, to collect items for Military members in need.

We would like to thank Military members for their service and appreciate their time here in Nationwide Arena. 

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