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Blue Jackets, cancer fighters inspire each other during hospital visit

Entire team makes annual visit to Nationwide Children's Hospital as part of Hockey Fights Cancer

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Earlier this month, 11-year-old Reese Shirey was one of six young cancer fighters invited to Nationwide Arena to take part in a photo shoot with Blue Jackets players, all part of her designation as one of six cancer heroes this year for the organization during the annual Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. 

Thursday, the Blue Jackets came to her. 

Pierre-Luc Dubois, David Savard, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray all spent time in her room during a visit to Nationwide Children's Hospital, but as the players started to move down the hall as part of their annual visit, Reese realized she didn't have pictures with two of them.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: We fight to overcome 💜#CBJ | #HockeyFightsCancer

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Street Jackets Continue to Impact, Inspire Columbus' Youth

Hosted Clinic, Donated Equipment to ETSS

by Jeff Carpenter @BlueJacketsNHL /

Hockey To Go

Hosted Clinic, Donated Equipment to ETSS

Street Jackets Continue to Impact, Inspire Columbus’ Youth

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They had to change the location of the clinic, just so they could accommodate more kids.

It was a welcomed tweak for a Blue Jackets Community Development team with a mission to break down barriers of entry to the sport of hockey. Through more than 90 free street hockey clinics in the last year, more kids are picking up a stick, many for the first time.

So last week the Blue Jackets descended on the Columbus Global Academy for their most recent clinic, this time with the Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services after-school program. ETSS is an organization that helps immigrants and refugees from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Central Ohio.

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Flashes of Hope brings smiles to Blue Jackets, young cancer fighters

Six cancer heroes recognized by team as part of Hockey Fights Cancer campaign

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Sophia Lewis wants to be like her mother, Samantha Banks. 

The 16-year-old from central Ohio grew up eating her mother's food and eventually decided she wants to become a chef for a living.  

"My mom is already a really good cook, so growing up and eating her food (is why I want to cook for a living)," young Sophia said. "I love watching (her cook) and eating her food. She makes really good pasta." 

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New grant partners excited to link up with Blue Jackets Foundation

Three Central Ohio nonprofit organizations can expand programs thanks to help

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

There were a lot of smiles on faces as people filled the Great Lakes Brewery Company pub on the concourse at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night before the team's game vs. Carolina. 

It even seemed Blue Jackets mascot Stinger had a little extra joy in curl in the corners of the mouth. 

And why wouldn't it be that way at an event that summarizes a year's worth of good for the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation? 

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First Responders Night Roundup

The Blue Jackets spent Saturday night recognizing First Responders

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

2019 CBJ First Responders Night

CBJ honor First Responders.

The Blue Jackets recognized First Responders throughout the game October 19.

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In honor of First Responders Night on Saturday, October 19, the Blue Jackets went above and beyond to show their appreciation. Early in the week, Markus Nutivaara and Oliver Bjorkstrand went to visit two firestations in the city to learn what life is like as firemen. 

Tweet from @JacketsInsider: As part of first responders night, a Columbus Fire/Columbus Police team will take on FDNY Bronx today at Nationwide Arena. The free event takes place at 2:30 #CBJ

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Savard kicks off Movember campaign at North High Brewing

Blue Jackets defenseman pours pints to raise money for a good cause

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Blue Jackets fan Cole Gilmore wore his David Savard jersey Monday night to North High Brewing, and by the end of the evening, the white No. 58 on his blue sweater had a new decoration. 

In between pouring pints of this year's batch of North High Stick amber ale, Savard took the time to sign the jersey owned by Gilmore. Not only did he leave his signature and his No. 58, Savard left a message that said "Beardo!" on the numerals. 

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Central Ohio girls get chance to try hockey with Get Out And Learn!

Event over IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend introduced hockey to many

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

When the Columbus Blue Jackets opened up a girls-only edition of its popular Get Out And Learn! (GOAL!) program, powered by Performance Columbus, the hope was to see central Ohio respond with excitement. 

It's fair to say the response even exceeded all expectations. 

The program filled up so quickly a second hour-long session was opened, and in the end, 75 girls between the ages of 5 and 8 registered to take to the ice at OhioHealth Chiller North on Oct. 5 to try the sport of hockey for the first time.  

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Blue Jackets, Columbia Gas partner to celebrate bicycle safety

Kids receive free helmets thanks to ongoing program with help from Nationwide Children's Hospital

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

For more than 100 participants, Friday night was a perfect night to celebrate bike safety. 

Thanks to a partnership between the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbia Gas, and local police and fire departments, children from around the central Ohio area were recognized for their commitment to safety at Nationwide Arena. 

The Bike Helmet Program, which distributes helmets to kids all throughout the area, is a staple of the community outreach efforts by the Blue Jackets Foundation. Over the past two years, Blue Jackets partner Columbia Gas invested $100,000 in the program, showing a commitment to kids safety that is at the core of the mission of the Blue Jackets Foundation. 

Video: Columbia Gas Bike Helmet Safety PSA

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Mayor Ginther cuts ribbon on Beatty Park Playground

Ceremony marks official opening of fifth park built by CBJ Foundation

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Families in Columbus have another playground to enjoy after the official opening of the Blue Jackets playground at Beatty Park on Thursday. City officials highlighted by Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Councilmember Shayla Favor joined Blue Jackets Pierre-Luc Dubois and Joonas Korpisalo, and children from the Beatty Community Center to cut the ribbon on the fifth Blue Jackets playground constructed in the past three years.

"We support our Jackets. Why do we support our Jackets? Because our Jackets support us, and the fans that support the Foundation are investing into neighborhoods and playgrounds across our great city," stated Mayor Ginther to the crowd on hand for the opening.

Video: Mayor Ginther lauds CBJ Foundation for playground

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Annual golf outing raises $275,000 for Blue Jackets Foundation

Players, coaches and CBJ alums hit the links for a good cause

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

We know the Blue Jackets can play on the rink, but what about the links? 

With golf handicaps ranging from 0.6 (new acquisition Gustav Nyquist) to 36 (we'll protect the innocent here), there's a lot of range in the skill level the Columbus Blue Jackets show when they grab the clubs.  

But with handicaps figured in, picking a favorite at the annual CBJ Foundation Golf Classic presented by Plante Moran, held Tuesday at Double Eagle, was a tough task.  

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