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Frontline Hero salute: Hannah John-Conry

Athens native honored during Saturday night's game for her work at OhioHealth

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

In games throughout the 2021 season, the Blue Jackets and OhioHealth honored Frontline Heroes for the work they've done during these most challenging of times.

Athens, Ohio, native Hannah John-Conry has spent the last 10 years working for OhioHealth. In her role, John-Conry provides guidance and support to O'Bleness Hospital in Athens and as a team lead for the system infection prevention program, which she has done for nine years. 

For her work during the pandemic, John-Conry was presented with a blue home CBJ helmet adorned with the OhioHealth logo and signed by alternate captain Seth Jones during Saturday night's season finale. John-Conry also took the time to fill out this questionnaire on her job responsibilities as well as her work during the pandemic.

Video: Frontline Hero: Hannah John-Conry

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Nationwide Children's, CBJ partner to host families battling rare disease

A pair of families from Sweden has bonded over hockey and the challenges their sons face

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Given their choice, Christian Lundin and Andreas Hellqvist wouldn't have any need to come to Columbus. 

The two fathers and natives of Sweden, near Gothenburg on the country's southwest coast, have forged a bond over a difficult situation. Lundin's son August, age 11, and Hellqvist's son Linus, age 8, both have Batten disease, a group of rare inherited neurological conditions that can cause vision loss, progressive motor and cognitive decline, and seizures. 

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Atkinson a deserving choice for Community MVP

Longtime CBJ winger has given back in plenty of ways throughout his career and this past year

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When it comes down to it, there is no better deserving Blue Jackets player to be named the team's Community MVP this season than Cam Atkinson. 

From his creation of the Force Network Fund that has donated more than $300,000 to support military and first responders to his integral part in the creation of the Battery Hockey Academy to help central Ohio kids become all they can in the sport of hockey, Atkinson has been a longtime supporter of the Columbus community that he's chosen to call home.

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Blue Jackets go virtual to help local educators during pandemic

Power Play Challenge presented by PNC helps grow the game and aided teachers through tough times

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

As a physical education teacher of more than 30 years in the Gahanna Jefferson district, Jon Grundtisch faced a bit of a nightmare scenario this past year. 

With schools closed to students because of Covid-19 and everyone shifting to a virtual learning model, the one thing Grundtisch wants his students to avoid became their new necessary reality. 

"Especially in my field, I don't want them sitting in front of a screen, so it's been hard," Grundtisch recently said. "It's really difficult getting kids at 8:30 in the morning to say, 'Let's get out of bed and do something!' You can't do anything about it. It's not like you can scold them.  

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Frontline Hero salute: Jeff Skinner

Columbus Division of Police sergeant works in the special victims bureau

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

In games throughout the rest of the 2021 season, the Blue Jackets and OhioHealth will be honoring Frontline Heroes for the work they've done during these most challenging of times.

Lima, Ohio, native Jeff Skinner has spent the last 25-plus years working for Columbus Division of Police, currently serving as sergeant in the special victims bureau -- sexual assault unit. In that job he's held for the past eight years, Skinner supervises detectives that investigate sex crimes, kidnappings and Amber Alerts.

In addition, Skinner's wife of 28 years, Scheri, and his 24-year-old son Blake both work for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Video: Frontline Hero: Jeff Skinner

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Local Fire Station Redefining "First Responder"

Firefighters using outreach programs to connect with community

by Joe Renza @CBJGivesBack / BlueJackets.com

For Station 61 of the Clinton Township Division of Fire, the title "First Responder" goes beyond fire or medical emergencies.

The station, which is one of the smallest in Franklin County, knows the importance of teamwork, and uses outreach programs to build a strong bond with their community. Through several partnerships, Fire Chief Brian Fraley and his company support the community in ways of safety, health, and wellness programs.

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Frontline Hero salute: Stephanie Reinhart

Buckeye Central educator has had to handle the changes brought on by the pandemic

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

In games throughout the rest of the 2021 season, the Blue Jackets and OhioHealth will be honoring Frontline Heroes for the work they've done during these most challenging of times.

Bascom, Ohio, native Stepahnie Reinhart has spent the last nine years working for Buckeye Central School District, serving as an intervention specialist for high school students in grades 9 through 12. Reinhart also co-teaches in core subject areas for high school grades 9-10, teaches resource English and Mathematics for grades 9-11, implements individualized plans for students with special needs, collaborates with high school staff to help students achieve individual goals, and handles all the paperwork that goes with it.

For her work as an educator through the pandemic, Reinhart was presented with a blue CBJ helmet adorned with the OhioHealth logo and signed by captain Nick Foligno during Saturday night's Kids Takeover game.

Video: Frontline Hero: Steph Reinhart

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Columbus teen's dedication to hockey pays off with scholarship honor

Sophia Stevenson of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club earns international award

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

It's a story that's often told -- a young boy or girl puts on the skates for the first time, steps onto the ice and immediately falls in love with that magical feeling of gliding across the frozen surface, igniting a lifelong love affair with not just skating but the sport of hockey. 

This isn't quite one of those stories. 

For Sophia Stevenson, she first took the ice at age 7 when her father took her and her twin brother, Cole, to learn to skate classes. And it's fair to say the Columbus native didn't exactly catch the skating bug immediately.  

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Blue Jackets celebrate International Women's Day

Meet three of the women who help make our organization what it is

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

On International Women's Day, BlueJackets.com is spotlighting three women who have contributed greatly to the organization's front office.  

Included are Becky Coffey, vice president for partner activation and premium service; Andee Boiman, director of fan development and community programs; and Leah Cover, corporate partner development manager. 

The first two have worked more than four decades combined in the sports world, with Coffey spending more than 15 years with the Chicago Bears before coming to the Blue Jackets in December 2015, and Boiman starting as youth hockey coordinator with the Florida Panthers in 2003 before working with the Nashville Predators and now the Blue Jackets.  

Cover, meanwhile, has spent seven years with the organization, rising from inside sales representative in the team's ticket office to a role in the traditionally male dominated field of corporate partnerships. 

Each opened up about their path to working in sports, how the world has changed over the years, and the advice they'd give women trying to break into the business today. 

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Hearing impairment hasn't stopped Humes from a hockey life

Team USA gold medalist, central Ohio native signs anthem at Thursday's Blue Jackets game

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Scott Humes Signs National Anthem

Humes Signs Anthem on Hockey Is For Everyone Night

Deaf Blue Jackets fan Scott Humes joined Leo Welsh on Thursday night to sign the National Anthem ahead of the game against the Chicago.

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There have been plenty of cool moments for Scott Humes in the sport of hockey, but it's hard to top the scene at the 2019 Winter Deaflympics. 

As the United States took on the best hearing-impaired hockey teams in the world at the event in the Sondrio province of northern Italy, snow fell throughout the games in the picturesque mountain locale, and the beauty of the spectacle was obvious to all through the giant windows that lined the side walls of the Sports Centre Valchiavenna.  

To be able to play the sport he loves in such a setting -- and return with a gold medal while representing his country -- will be an experience that's hard to top for Humes.

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