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ESPN's Buccigross donates $13,000 to Foligno charities

John Buccigross fulfills pledge to donate $500 for every Foligno goal this season

by Allie Dosmann /

Yesterday was a big day for Nick Foligno and his charities. ESPN personality John Buccigross pledged $500 to Foligno charities for every goal he scored during the 2016-17 season, and yesterday, he fulfilled his promise. With Foligno's 26 goals on the year, second on the Blue Jackets, Buccigross donated $13,000. He split the money between the Foligno Family Cardiovascular Research Lab and the Janis Foligno Foundation.

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CBJ sign center Kevin Stenlund to three-year entry level contract

Club's 2015 second round pick helped HV71 capture SHL championship in 2016-17

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Kevin Stenlund to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Stenlund, 20, posted 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points with 16 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 48 regular season games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League this past season. He set career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus and games played and finished fifth on the team in goals. He added 4-6-10, six penalty minutes and was +10 in 16 playoff contests to help the club capture the SHL Championship.

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William Karlsson wins IIHF World Championship Gold with Sweden

Blue Jackets center played 17:03 in gold medal game

by Andrew Schwepfinger /

The Blue Jackets organization added another trophy to the cabinet this postseason. William Karlsson helped Sweden to its first IIHF World Championship since 2013 on Sunday, playing 17:03 in the gold medal game.


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#CBJ Social Roundup: May 22

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Nick Foligno has his baby and gets another great gift. This week's #CBJ roundup:

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Boone Jenner hosts second-annual hockey camp in hometown

by Allie Dosmann /

Just because it's the offseason doesn't mean Boone Jenner is slowing down. This week, he's on the ice for a couple hours a day with 68 new teammates.

Back in his hometown of Dorchester, Ontario, Jenner is hosting the second annual Boone Jenner Hockey Camp. The camp is for 10 and 11-year old male and female hockey players in the area and is completely free.

For Jenner, the camp is a way to say thanks to the community and its residents.

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Tortorella Leadership Series: Part III

Examining the role of conflict with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

This is the third part of a series of articles exploring the concepts of leadership with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. We talked about what leadership is, how you develop it in players and coaches, and the progression of the Jackets' leaders themselves. You can read Part II HERE

It's a natural reaction to bristle at the thought of conflict. In sports in particular, reports of disagreement within a team can spin off questions about "what's wrong?" or "can both sides still work together?"

But for head coach John Tortorella, conflict is an essential tool of building a team that, instead of breaking in the face of adversity, can weather the ups and downs of their jobs in the world of hockey.

"This is the most interesting thing for me in coaching," Tortorella said. "It's when you get into the one-on-one situations, and there's honesty. Usually when there's honesty, there's conflict. I'm anxious to see how (players) react."

Tortorella's approach lines up with one touted by noted leadership author, Patrick Lencioni. Lencioni's popular 2002 book, "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" outlined the major obstacles a team faces on the path to becoming effective in reaching their goals.


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CBJ partner Land-Grant celebrates Craft Beer Week

Land Grant has been involved with the week since opening its doors in Franklinton three years ago

by Allie Dosmann /

Tap takeovers, special release celebrations, ice cream pairings and more. It's Craft Beer Week in Columbus, which means local businesses are embracing craft beer made here through an array of over 200 festivities.

There are over 35 craft breweries in Columbus, making it one of the largest craft brew cities in the Midwest. The majority of these local breweries are participating in this week's events.

Land-Grant has been involved with the week since opening its doors in Franklinton three years ago.

"It's an opportunity for ourselves and other brewers in town to do some special stuff, some fun stuff to get people excited about beer," Walt Keys, co-founder of Land-Grant, said.

Land-Grant is always looking for new ways to get people interested in beer while embracing what the city of Columbus has to offer. When exploring for ways to expand their reach, unwavering support for the professional hockey team quickly stood out as something engrained in the city's makeup. This made a partnership with the Blue Jackets a "no-brainer."

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#CBJ Social Roundup: May 15

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The Blue Jackets celebrate Mother's Day, a #CBJ prospect brings home the WHL championship and more in this week's roundup:

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Keegan Kolesar wins WHL Championship with Seattle

Blue Jackets prospect led WHL in playoff scoring

by Andrew Schwepfinger /

It's official - Blue Jackets prospect Keegan Kolesar and the Seattle Thunderbirds are the Western Hockey League champions, as they defeated the Regina Pats in a wild Game 6 that ended late Sunday night in overtime. Seattle overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to win their first ever WHL Championship. Kolesar, 20, led the WHL in playoff scoring going 12-19--31 in 19 games.


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Blue Jackets Partner Summit key event for corporate relationships

The Blue Jackets took partners behind the scenes and talked strategy at this year's annual Partner Summit

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

Corporate partnerships go far beyond the sponsored logos a fan sees around the arena. It's about working together, learning together and improving together. The annual Blue Jackets Partner Summit exemplifies all of these traits and fosters the continual growth of these critical relationships.

In early April, over 55 business men and women representing 35 corporate partners from throughout Central Ohio converged on Nationwide Arena to spend a day learning, networking, and enjoying a behind-the-scenes Blue Jackets experience. 

"The goal for us was to give back to our partners to help them get better educated on how they can make the most of their investment," said Cameron Scholvin, Blue Jackets senior vice president and chief revenue officer. "It's on us as an organization to demonstrate how we can be of value to these organizations, and I think today is another step in that direction."

The day began with the team sharing the highlights of what was a record-breaking season for the Blue Jackets. Throughout the room, heads nodded as team and player highlights were shared with the group. But the purpose of the day wasn't to talk about just the Jackets on the ice. The agenda moved on to a keynote presentation by sports sponsorship consultant Jack Birch.

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