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Prospect Report: Marchenko hits a hot streak in Russia

CBJ second-round pick is filling up the net overseas

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

While we continue to wait for pro hockey to begin on the North American side of the pond, Blue Jackets prospects are still off scoring goals and making saves on the other side of the Atlantic. 

Leading the charge, as he often does, is 2018 second-round pick Kirill Marchenko. Thought to be one of the team's top offensive prospects if not the best of the bunch, Marchenko has recently entered into a hot streak while playing with Russian power SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. 

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Blue Jackets recognized by Business First for work in community

Club captures award for second-straight year

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

According to Columbus Business First magazine, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been named one of the top companies in central Ohio for corporate citizenship as the National Hockey League club was rated first among large companies when it comes to community investment to central Ohio charitable organizations in 2019, it was announced today.

"As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, we are thrilled and honored to be recognized for the work that our players, fans, partners and staff do in the community and we thank Columbus Business First for this honor," said Andee Boiman, the club's Director of Fan Development & Community Programs. "Philanthropy was incredibly important to our founder, John H. McConnell, and the McConnell family. We take great pride in the work we do to live up to the standard they've set and look forward to continuing to do everything we can to lift up our community in our next 20 years."

Since 2000, over $11 million in grants has been awarded by the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to local organizations that support youth health and wellness. The club has invested over $1 million in a hockey-themed wellness curriculum for several Central Ohio school districts that include donated equipment, supplies and field trips and reaches over 78,000 area children annually through Hockey in the Classroom and sticks in hand initiatives. Last year, players, coaches, staff, alumni and Lady Jackets contributed over 6,000 volunteer hours. In addition, the team partnered with the USO for a USO Support Item drive that collected over 45,000 items to help supply lounges across central and southern Ohio for three months.

Club staff and players equally engaged in a number of community activities as volunteerism is strongly encouraged in the form of playground builds, our Adopt A School pen pal program, Salvation Army initiatives, and numerous reading appearances. Also, the CBJ Foundation encourages employees to support causes important to them by participating in a matching gift program where an employee's personal contribution to a registered 501c3 of their choice may be matched by the team's foundation. To learn more, visit www.bluejackets.com/communityreport.

Columbus Business First launched its Corporate Citizenship survey in 2018 to recognize the community impact and financial support of the region's companies and their employees. The Corporate Citizenship Awards celebrate companies that "are doing good works to make Central Ohio a better place." Based on survey results, the top 10 companies in the Extra Large and Large categories and the top five companies in the Medium and Small categories are named honorees. This marked the second consecutive year the Blue Jackets have rated first among large companies and the third-straight in which it has been an honoree.

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Game of the Month: 10-0 win lives on in Blue Jackets history

The biggest margin of victory in CBJ annals remains a fan favorite

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Each month during our 20th anniversary celebration, BlueJackets.com will look back at a memorable moment in franchise history from that month with our Game of the Month feature. The series continues today with the team's 10-0 victory against Montreal four years ago, which remains the most lopsided victory in team history. 

As 14,436 fans filed into Nationwide Arena on Nov. 4, 2016, for some Friday night hockey, there was no indication of what was about to happen. 

There was no game-night promotion that promised fans would hear the Blue Jackets goal cannon so many times that it would feel like an All-Star Game. There was no pregame prediction that would have said Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell and Josh Anderson would each score two goals, and certainly no expectation that history would be set in a variety of ways by the time 60 minutes of hockey was played. 

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Hats for Heroes program has stood the test of time

Fundraising, relationships are hallmarks of pediatric cancer-focused program from CBJ Foundation

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Even the best ideas don't always stand the test of time. 

Maybe that's a testament, then, to what a great idea the Blue Jackets Foundation's Hats for Heroes program has been. 

At the organization's inception, founder John H. McConnell had a vision of a franchise that would not only thrill central Ohio on the ice but one that would be a force for good off of it. 

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Columbus product Adeniye ready to begin college hockey journey

Columbus Ice Hockey Club, AAA Blue Jackets alum has had to overcome adversity to see his dream come true

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Growing up in central Ohio, there were a lot of obstacles that could have prevented Ayo Adeniye from reaching his goal of playing college hockey. 

There's the simple fact that as an African-American in a sport with a dearth of them, there weren't a whole lot of role models whose path he could follow to the sport's upper echelons. 

Even as his skills progressed to the point that dream could become a reality, more roadblocks were thrown in the way. He committed to play collegiately at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, the South's lone Division I program, two summers ago only to see the leadership at UAH announce its plans to eliminate the hockey program in May. 

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CBJ introduce new look as part of NHL/adidas Reverse Retro program

Club will wear alternate jersey in select games during 2020-21 season

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

For the first time in the franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets will wear a primarily red jersey during select games in the 2020-21 National Hockey League season as the club introduced this new look today as part of the NHL/adidas Reverse Retro Alternate Jersey program.

This program marks the first time in NHL history that all 31 teams have participated in a League-wide alternate jersey program. adidas worked closely with the NHL and each team to design a Reverse Retro ADIZERO authentic jersey representing unique and historical moments in each club's history, while refreshing the color and design combination for an all-new presentation.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Boom! 💣 Introducing the @BlueJacketsNHL adidas #ReverseRetro jersey. Hitting the ice in 2021. pic.twitter.com/BWDwmro2qn

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Social Roundup: November 15, 2020

Take a look back at all the hype surrounding the announcement of our Reverse Retro unis!

by Joseph Sykes @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

On today's Social Roundup, presented by Truly Hard Seltzer, we're taking a look at the hype surrounding the upcoming annoucement of the Adidas Reverse Retro. Our first teaser came on last Tuesday with a quick video detailing the year/color of our upcoming look:

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: #ReverseRetro @adidashockey pic.twitter.com/0NhbwALGQ7

Fans had a field day trying to picture what the new jersey would look like, but things became much clearer on Friday afternoon when the CBJ and the rest of the Metro Division dropped some sneak peeks at the sweaters. Those included a pictures of the collar, the sleeves and the back adidas logo plate.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Details from the past. Remixed for the future. adidas #ReverseRetro coming soon pic.twitter.com/dDBZRWOxrO

Be sure to keep an eye out for the next annoucement for a complete look at the 2020 Adidas Reverse Retro unis!


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CBJ GAMING ANNOUNCE FOUR EA SPORTS NHL21 TOURNAMENTS THROUGH AUGUST 2021

Registration for the CBJ Gaming Winter Cup that begins December 4 on PlayStation is open now to players in the U.S. and Canada

by Bluejackets.com Staff @cbjgaming / Bluejackets.com

CBJ Gaming, the e-sports arm of the Columbus Blue Jackets, will host four 6v6 tournaments through August 2021 in which participants from the United States and Canada can compete in EA Sports NHL21 on PlayStation. The first online tournament, the CBJ Gaming Winter Cup, runs from December 4 through January 24 and will be hosted on LeagueGaming.com. The other events will be held in early February, April and June 2021 on LeagueGaming.com.

"We were thrilled to see the rapid growth of the NHL competitive scene on Xbox after the success of the Pepsi Summer Cup, however we realized a portion of the gaming community had been left watching," said T.J. Ansley, the club's Director of Digital Media. "We are excited to match our initial investment and provide high-caliber events with not one, but four tournaments, on PlayStation over the next nine months."

Players from the U.S. and Canada can register for the CBJ Winter Cup for free now through noon ET on December 4 at cbj.co/wintercup. The winning team in the Winter Cup will receive $2,000 with the runner-up receiving $500. Each of the tournaments will consist of a six-week regular season, followed by four rounds of playoff competition featuring the top 16 teams facing off in best-of-five series culminating with the championship final. All games will be streamed on cbj.co/twitch with Cameron "NoSleeves" Halbert announcing the action.

The Blue Jackets introduced CBJ Gaming last April as a new initiative that would allow the club to interact with fans via live streams, tournaments, giveaways and more through a variety of e-sports and gaming activities. Since its launch, the club has participated in several gaming initiatives and hosted four previous NHL20 tournaments (two 1v1, one 3v3 and one 6v6). At the conclusion of the CBJ Winter Cup, the club will have awarded over $16,500 in prize money.

For more information on the CBJ Gaming Winter Cup and all of CBJ Gaming initiatives, fans can visit www.BlueJackets.com/cbjgaming. All live streams will be available via the CBJ Gaming Twitch account at twitch.com/nhlbluejackets. Fans can also follow on Twitter at twitter.com/cbjgaming and the CBJ Gaming YouTube page at https://cbj.co/CBJG-YT

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CBJ announce initiatives in support of Hockey Fights Cancer month

Proceeds benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation's fight vs. pediatric cancer

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

In recognition of November being Hockey Fights Cancer month throughout the National Hockey League, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announced three fund-raising initiatives that will launch on Wednesday, November 18. Money raised by the initiatives will be dedicated to the fight against pediatric cancer, which is one of the Blue Jackets Foundation's pillars of giving. Since 2000, the Foundation has granted more than $3 million to local pediatric cancer organizations including, but are not limited to, A Kid Again, Flashes of Hope, Flying Horse Farms and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

SILENT AUCTION
The CBJ Foundation will host a silent auction featuring special Hockey Fights Cancer-themed memorabilia signed by Blue Jackets players. The auction will begin at noon ET on Wednesday, November 18 and conclude at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 22. To participate, fans can text CBJAUCTION to 76278 or visit www.cbjauction.givesmart.com.

MERCHANDISE
The CBJ Foundation will conduct a sale of unique Hockey Fights Cancer-themed merchandise, including a limited number of various lavender t-shirt designs and official warm up pucks from the 2019-20 season, as well as a limited release of the 2020-21 Hats for Heroes Hats featuring a new design in recognition of the team's upcoming 20th season. Items will be available for sale beginning on Wednesday, November 18, while supplies last. To check out the HFC-themed merchandise, fans can text CBJAUCTION to 76278 or visit www.cbjauction.givesmart.com.

50/50 RAFFLE PRESENTED BY KEMBA FINANCIAL:
The CBJ Foundation will host a special 50/50 raffle with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation's pediatric cancer pillar. The raffle will begin at noon ET on Wednesday, November 18 and conclude at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 22. To purchase tickets, fans can visit www.bluejackets.com/5050raffle. Location restrictions apply.

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CBJ, OhioHealth and M3S Sports to host virtual 20K from Jan. 11-30

Registration is now open

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets, OhioHealth and M3S Sports, along with WBNS 10TV and 97.1 The Fan, are teaming up to host the OhioHealth CBJ Virtual 20K, which will be held between January 11-30, 2021, the National Hockey League club announced today.

The event, which is open to runners and walkers, gives participants 20 days to complete 20K (12.427 miles) in recognition of the Blue Jackets' upcoming 20th NHL season. All participants will receive:

  • Blue Jackets event shirt
  • Blue Jackets runner's buff
  • Blue Jackets finisher's medal
  • Race bib
  • Access to online results and photos pages

The cost of the event is $40 per person, which includes a $5 donation to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation in support of its dedication to the health and wellness of children in central Ohio. For more information or to register to participate, fans can visit www.CBJ20K.com.

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