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Where Are They Now: Jared Boll

The longtime fan favorite hasn't gone far, having just wrapped up his third season as a CBJ coach

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Jared Boll was born in North Carolina and grew up in Illinois, but in the end, Ohio has become home for the former CBJ forward. 

The 2005 fourth-round draft pick of the Blue Jackets first arrived on the roster in 2007, then spent nine seasons with Columbus. In that time, he racked up 518 games, eighth all-time in franchise history, and a CBJ-record 1,195 penalty minutes. 

Video: Where Are They Now: Jared Boll

He finished his career with two years in Anaheim, but when Boll's on-ice career ended in 2018, he wanted to come back to Columbus to both live and work. It didn't take long for Blue Jackets brain trust -- including president of hockey operations John Davidson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and head coach John Tortorella -- to oblige the longtime fan favorite.  

So far, things are going well for Boll, who started as an assistant development coach and team ambassador in the 2018-19 season. 

"It's been awesome," Boll said recently in the latest edition of Where Are They Now presented by Huntington Bank, a video series interviewing some of the most memorable names in CBJ history through the team's first two decades. 

"It's a scary time when you know your playing time is coming to an end and you're trying to figure out what you're going to do next. I heard a lot of stories from older guys and listened to them and learned from them a little bit and knew that as soon as I was done playing, I didn't want to take any time off. I was fortunate enough to land in a great spot and be given a great opportunity." 

Now in his third year with the franchise on the coaching side, Boll -- who finished with 28 goals and 66 points in his NHL career, 27 and 62 of which came in Columbus -- still describes himself as a rink rat, someone who is willing to put in the work to try to improve CBJ players. His reward on May 7 was the chance to stand on the bench with the coaching staff in Tortorella's penultimate game with the team. 

"It was awesome," Boll said. "I didn't say much, I didn't do much. It was really cool of Torts to bring me on. He didn't have to do that, but to be able to stand next to him on the bench was pretty cool. You just forget how fast it is. I catch myself watching games up top and you say, 'Make that play. How does he not see that guy?'  

"I wish a fan could stand on the bench and see just how fast and skilled and big those guys are now. It was just cool to get down to ice level and get that adrenaline feeling again." 

Boll also talks about his return to Columbus -- his wife Lauren's hometown -- as well as what his job entails, his relationship with fellow enforcer and team ambassador Jody Shelley, his favorite teammates and on-ice memories, and much more in the video that can be seen above.  

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