Each year the Blue Jackets continue to improve on the ice, culminating in a playoff appearance this past season. But perhaps their biggest contribution to Columbus is their success off the ice in growing the local hockey Community.
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, one of the founding Jackets, has seen the growth of hockey in Columbus from the very beginning. When the Blue Jackets first arrived, the fans weren’t even sure of the rules but now you see a thriving hockey community that supports the second largest men’s league in the country and growing youth hockey programs.
The Columbus Blue Jackets kick off the new season Friday, October 6 against the New York Islanders.