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Shaw's impact felt in first season with Jackets

Veteran coach's leadership sparked growth in young defensive group

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

When Brad Shaw joined the Jackets as an assistant coach last summer, the team was looking for someone who could shepherd one of the youngest defensive corps in the League towards success. So far, Shaw is delivering on that expectation.

"Brad Shaw is one of the most intellectual guys I've met as far as how he looks at the game," head coach John Tortorella said. "He's been a huge hire for us. It's a perfect time for him to come together with this group. Shaw is very good at teaching them the subtle little things. It's terrific."

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Foligno leads NHL vs. Docs event to benefit NEO Kids

Event has raised over $175,000 to date in support of treatment and health care needs for children

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Being a Blue Jacket isn't just about playing hockey, it's about giving back and making a difference. And last week, led by captain Nick Foligno, a group of Jackets found a way to put the two roles together at the second annual NHL vs. Docs game that benefits the Neo Kids Foundation in Sudbury, Ontario.

This year's event has raised over $50,000 to date and the two-year total for NHL vs. Docs has surpassed the $175,000 mark.

"As hockey players, we have a unique opportunity to do special things in the community," defenseman Scott Harrington said. "This cause is very close to Nick and his family's heart. They want to give back and help and there was no hesitation from any of the guys when Nick approached us."

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#CBJ Social Roundup: August 14

Throwback pics, concerts, a great cause, workouts and more!

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Throwback pics, concerts, a great cause, workouts and more! This week's roundup:

 

 

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Jackets defense to build on solid 2016-17 campaign

Nicknamed "the engine of the team" by Tortorella, the defensive group helped propel the team to third-ever playoff berth

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

When the Blue Jackets started to get ready for last season, John Tortorella had a new direction in mind for his team. It was time to change the way the Jackets were going to play, starting in the defensive end of the ice.

"It's a speed game now," head coach John Tortorella said during training camp. "It's not 15-20 years ago (where you are) worrying about if your D is going to be able to handle the physical play. It's about moving the puck and getting going. The game has completely changed. It's about tempo and skill, and getting out of your end zone as quickly as possible."

With that in mind, the 2016-17 Jackets rolled out a younger, new look defensive group, and they helped bring about immediate results. After losing their first two games, the Jackets won six of their next nine and, of course, strung together that 16-game winning streak.

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Jackets, Fox Sports Ohio honored with Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award

The Ohio Valley Chapter awarded the Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio the Emmy for Sports Event/Game - Live/Unedited

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets game telecasts on FOX Sports Ohio received an Emmy at the 53rd Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards presented last weekend. The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which consists of Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Zanesville, along with parts of Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, awarded the Columbus Blue Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio the Emmy for Sports Event/Game - Live/Unedited

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CBJ single game tickets for 2017-18 season go on sale Friday, August 18

Ohio residents will have exclusive first opportunity to purchase tickets through 10 a.m. on Monday, August 21

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that single-game tickets for home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2017-18 season, including the Friday, October 6 home opener against the New York Islanders, will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 18 at 10 a.m.   

As a special consideration for Blue Jackets fans within the state of Ohio, the club also announced that Ohio residents will have the first opportunity to purchase single-game tickets when they go on sale. The exclusive presale for Ohio residents will be in effect through Monday, August 21 at 10 a.m. with tickets for those residing outside the state of Ohio available starting at that time. Residency is based on credit card billing address.  

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Q and A with Jack Johnson: Part II

Jack Johnson sat down with Bob McElligott to discuss the joys of fatherhood and getting into hockey mode

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

This is the second part of a series of articles featuring Q&A sessions with Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. He sat down with radio host Bob McElligott to discuss the joys of fatherhood, getting into hockey mode and more. You can read Part I HERE.

McElligott: What have you been up to in the last couple of weeks?

Johnson: Just hanging out at home. I'm kind of a home body. We've got a one-and-a-half-year-old at home, and we're actually expecting our second one any day now, so I'm just hanging out at home with the family.

McElligott: So you're just getting the grasp of the first one and now it's time to add to it?

Johnson: Yeah, well, we have a little girl and now we're expecting a little boy, so I think we're done now that we have one of each.

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Columbus Blue Jackets raise over $11,000 in Pelotonia

The Blue Jackets had 15 total riders and raised $11,493

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

This weekend, the city of Columbus celebrated one of its biggest fundraisers of the year - Pelotonia. Participants biked across the state and raised money for cancer research. In total, Pelotonia had 8,022 riders and raised $15,123,317, as of Monday morning. The Columbus Blue Jackets supply avid bikers every year, and this year was no exception.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: August 7

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Training sessions, family gatherings and more! This week's #CBJ Social Roundup:

 

 

 
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Top five things to do in the NHL Fan Arena at the Dublin Irish Festival

Question and answer sessions with former and prospective players, giveaways, visits from Stinger and much more!

by Allie Dosmann / BlueJackets.com

Dublin Irish Festival Preview

Bob McElligott previews the NHL Fan Arena

Bob McElligott previews the NHL Fan Arena at the Dublin Irish Festival

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For Blue Jackets fans, this weekend's Dublin Irish Festival is going to be an experience unlike any other. The National Hockey League is bringing the NHL Fan Arena to the festival as part of their NHL Centennial celebration. To make the weekend even better, we have question and answer sessions planned with former and prospective players, giveaways, visits from Stinger and much more. There is going to be lots of great things to do this weekend, but here are the top five things we're excited to check out. 

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