Team Quick Facts
National Hockey League Franchise Awarded: June 25, 1997
Inaugural Season: 2000-01
Team Colors: Union Blue, Goal Red, Capital Silver
Home Arena (capacity): Nationwide Arena (18,144)
Practice Facility: OhioHealth Ice Haus (located at Nationwide Arena)
Minor League Affiliates: Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Television Affiliate: FOX Sports Ohio
Flagship Radio Stations: Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and CD102.5 FM
First Game: Oct. 7, 2000 vs. Chicago Blackhawks (5-3 loss)
First Win/Home Win: Oct. 12, 2000 at Calgary Flames (3-2)/Oct. 27, 2000 vs. Washington Capitals (3-1)
The Birth of the Franchise
On Nov. 1, 1996, John H. McConnell, an admired Columbus business leader, philanthropist and founder of Worthington Industries, led a group of investors to formally apply to bring an expansion NHL team to Columbus. On June 25, 1997, Columbus was one of four cities - Atlanta, Nashville and St. Paul, Minnesota - selected for expansion. A "Name the Team" contest attracted 14,000 entries that generated a list of 10 potential names that was narrowed to two (Blue Jackets and Justice) and on Nov. 11, 1997, the club announced its selection.
History Behind the Name
The Blue Jackets name pays homage to Ohio's contributions to American history and the great pride and patriotism exhibited by its citizens, especially during the Civil War. Both the state of Ohio and the city of Columbus were significantly influential on the Union Army as Ohio contributed more of its population to the Union Army than any other state, while many of its uniforms were manufactured in Columbus.
The Blue Jackets' colors help define the team and tell its story. The colors consist of Union Blue, Goal Red and Capital Silver. Union Blue represents the color worn by the Union Army, while Goal Red references the most exciting moment in hockey and Capital Silver is reflected in the star on the logo, which signifies Columbus as the capital of Ohio.
The club's primary logo is inspired by the state flag of Ohio, with its unique pennant shape, red, white & blue colors and white stars, in the shape of the letter C. That image overlays the familiar Blue Jackets' star. The official state flag of Ohio, called the Ohio burgee, is based upon the pennant used by the Ohio cavalry from 1862-65. Ohio's is the only American state flag that is not shaped in a rectangle.
The Blue Jackets secondary logo was introduced in 2003. The mark contains a blue Union Army cap that features two crossed hockey sticks. The cap, inspired by those worn by soldiers during the Civil War, lies on a red with white trim background surrounded by a blue with silver trim oval containing two stars anchoring the words "Columbus Blue Jackets."
Third Jersey Logo
The Blue Jackets introduced their third jersey logo in 2010. The mark reinforces the connection between the team name and its Civil War heritage, depicting the hockey club's signature 1857 Napoleon cannon that fires each time the Blue Jackets score at Nationwide Arena. The team name "Columbus Blue Jackets" encircles the cannon in a ribbon inspired by Civil War medals, while a single star centered at the bottom of the crest signifies Columbus as Ohio's capital.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS
• The Blue Jackets have made five appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (2009, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019) and are one of just seven teams to qualify for the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.
• In 2019, the Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in four-straight games to become the first team to sweep a Presidents' Trophy winner (best regular season record) in the first round since the League began awarding the trophy in 1985-86. Tampa Bay tied NHL wins record with a 62-16-4 mark in 2018-19.
• The club's best regular season was 2016-17 when it posted a record of 50-24-9 (108 pts.).
• The Blue Jackets own the second-longest winning streak in NHL history - 16 games from Nov. 29, 2017 to Jan. 3, 2017 (NHL record is 17 set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins).
• Columbus has been one of the NHL's top teams since 2012 with a record of 285-209-46 and ranks ninth in the NHL in wins during that seven-season span.
• The Blue Jackets have six winning seasons in the past seven compared to one in their first 11 campaigns.
• The Blue Jackets have averaged over 16,000 fans per game (regular season & playoffs) at Nationwide Arena since 2000.
• Bruce Gardiner scored the first goal in CBJ history at 7:34 of the first period vs. Chicago on Oct. 7, 2000.
• Ron Tugnutt made 27 saves in a 2-0 win at Montreal on Dec. 18, 2000 to record the first shutout in club history.
• Geoff Sanderson collected the first hat trick in club history with three goals vs. Nashville on Feb. 10, 2001 at Nationwide Arena.
• The Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena have hosted several marquee hockey events, including Team USA's training camp prior to the 2004 and 2016 World Cup of Hockey tournaments, 2007 NHL Draft and 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend.
Games Played: Rick Nash, 674 (2002-12)
Most Points: Rick Nash, 547 (2002-12)
Most Goals: Rick Nash, 289 (2002-12)
Most Assists: Rick Nash, 258 (2002-12)
Most Penalty Minutes Jared Boll, 1,195 (2007-16)
Most Wins, Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky, 213 (2012-19)
Most Wins, Head Coach: John Tortorella, 176-118-27 (2016-19)
BLUE JACKETS ALL-STARS
Espen Knutsen (2002)… Ray Whitney (2003)… Rick Nash (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)… Nick Foligno (2015)… Ryan Johansen (2015)… Sergei Bobrovsky (2015-DNP, 2017)… Brandon Saad (2016)… Cam Atkinson (2017, 2019)… Seth Jones (2017, 2018-DNP, 2019)… Zach Werenski (2018).
BLUE JACKETS NHL AWARD WINNERS
Rick Nash - 2004 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (Leading Goal Scorer)
Steve Mason - 2009 Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year)
Rick Nash - 2009 NHL Foundation Player Award (Commitment to Community)
Sergei Bobrovsky - 2013 and 2017 Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender)
Nick Foligno - 2017 Mark Messier Leadership Award (Leadership Qualities On and Off the Ice)
Nick Foligno - 2017 King Clancy Memorial Trophy (Leadership & Humanitarian Contributions to Community)
John Tortorella - 2017 Jack Adams Trophy (Coach of the Year)