25 Facts About Columbus Blue Jackets


Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio.

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Columbus Blue Jackets ultimately notched their first playoff game victory in the 2014 playoffs, and won their first playoff series in the 2019 playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming the first team in NHL history to sweep a Presidents' Trophy winner in the first round.

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The voters of Columbus Blue Jackets were considering a referendum to build a publicly financed arena, a major step toward approval of their NHL bid.

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When League Commissioner Gary Bettman visited Columbus Blue Jackets to meet with the community's leaders about the franchise proposal, there was concern that the voters might not pass the needed referendum.

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Columbus Blue Jackets traded Stevenson to the New Jersey Devils to complete an earlier transaction.

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The San Jose Sharks traded Jan Caloun, a ninth-round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, and a 2001 conditional pick to Columbus; in return, the Blue Jackets agreed not to select the Sharks' unprotected goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

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Blue Jackets finished next-to-last in the NHL in the following season, with only 57 points.

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The Blue Jackets finished with just 62 points, but it was enough to help them break out of last place in the Central Division for the first time, finishing ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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The Blue Jackets received a pair of conditional picks in return.

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At the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Blue Jackets selected Nikita Filatov with the sixth overall pick.

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The Blue Jackets signed free agents Kristian Huselius and Mike Commodore to multi-year contracts.

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The Blue Jackets were involved with the first major deal of the 2009 NHL trade deadline, by trading goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a second-round draft pick to the Ottawa Senators for skilled center Antoine Vermette.

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The changes in scenery benefited both players and the Columbus Blue Jackets; Williams scored 28 points in his first 36 games as a Jacket, while Vermette scored 11 points in his first 14 games with the team.

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The Blue Jackets traded veteran centers Antoine Vermette and Samuel Pahlsson for goaltender Curtis McElhinney and several draft picks at the trade deadline.

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At the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Blue Jackets traded their second and fourth round picks to the Philadelphia Flyers for the eventual winner of the 2013 Vezina Trophy, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

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Blue Jackets faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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The Blue Jackets made a large jump in history when Jack Johnson scored the first goal of the game.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst in the trade.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Gregory Campbell from the Boston Bruins a few days later.

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Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs in 2018 as a wild card qualifier, going in back-to-back years for the first time.

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Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs the following year, where they swept the Presidents' Trophy winner Tampa Bay Lightning in the First Round to win their first ever playoff series, but lost their Second Round series in six games to the Boston Bruins.

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The Blue Jackets were qualified for the Qualifying Round, eventually defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games.

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Subsequently, it was announced that Tortorella and the Blue Jackets were mutually parting ways after six seasons.

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Columbus Blue Jackets itself was host to large military bases, Camp Chase and Camp Thomas, which saw hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers and thousands of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War.

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Since their inception, the Blue Jackets have worn navy and white jerseys with red pants.

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