Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded in 2000 as an expansion team, and played their first season in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2000. The Blue Jackets were successful in their first two seasons in the NHL, qualifying for the playoffs both years. However, they have not been as successful since, and have not qualified for the playoffs since 2007.


The Blue Jackets are owned by John H. McConnell and operated by Blue Jackets LLC, a subsidiary of Columbus Blue Jackets, Inc. The team plays its home games at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus. The Blue Jackets are coached by John Tortorella, and have played their home games since the arena opened in 1996.


The Blue Jackets’ primary rival is the Columbus Crew, with whom they compete in the Ohio Cup. The Blue Jackets also have a rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers, with whom they compete in the Broad Street Bullies Cup.


The Blue Jackets’ crest is inspired by the coat of arms of the United States. The shield is blue, representing the Ohio River, and includes a sunburst, representing the westward expansion of the United States. The crest is surmounted by a bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, and a hockey stick, representing the sport’s American roots. The shield is encircled by the words “Columbus Blue Jackets”.


The Blue Jackets have played their home games at Nationwide Arena since their inaugural season. The team originally played its home games at the Richfield Coliseum, but relocated to Columbus in 1998. The Blue Jackets have had several head coaches over the years, including Scott Arniel, John Tortorella, and Todd Richards. As of the 2017–18 season, the Blue Jackets are coached by John Tortorella.


The Blue Jackets are a young team, but they are building a foundation that is going to be very successful in the future. They have a lot of talent, and they are only going to get better. If you’re a hockey fan, you should definitely check out the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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