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2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets season
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 2000
History Columbus Blue Jackets
2000 – present
Home Arena Nationwide Arena
City Columbus, Ohio
Colors Red, White and Blue
Media FSN Ohio
WWCD (101.1 FM)
WBNS (1460 AM)
Owner(s) Unknown
General Manager Flag of Canada Scott Howson
Head Coach Flag of Canada Ken Hitchcock
Captain Flag of Canada Rick Nash
Minor League Affiliates Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Youngstown SteelHounds (CHL)
Stanley Cups None
Conference Championships None
Division Championships None

The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Founded in 2000 as an expansion team, the Blue Jackets are currently the only active team in the NHL to have never qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs. They play their home games at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus.


Franchise History

On June 23, 2000, the NHL’s two newest teams, the Jackets and the Minnesota Wild, took part in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft in Calgary, Alberta. Under the draft’s rules, twenty-six of the NHL’s active twenty-eight teams were allowed to protect one goaltender, five defensemen, and nine forwards, or two netminders, three blueliners and seven forwards. The Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators both had their full rosters protected as they had only been in existence for one and two years, respectively. Both the Jackets and Wild were to use their first 24 selections on three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and thirteen forwards. Their final two picks could be of any position.

With the first overall choice, the Blue Jackets selected goaltender Rick Tabaracci from the Colorado Avalanche. Over the course of the draft, Columbus picked up goalie Dwayne Roloson, defensemen Lyle Odelein and Mathieu Schneider, and forwards Geoff Sanderson, Turner Stevenson, and Dallas Drake, among others. Instead of joining Columbus, Roloson signed with the American Hockey League’s Worcester IceCats, Schneider left for the Los Angeles Kings, and the St. Louis Blues signed Drake. Columbus also traded Stevenson to the New Jersey Devils to complete an earlier transaction.

Since there was a limit on how many players that teams could protect, the Jackets and Wild were granted concessions by other franchises. The San Jose Sharks traded Jan Caloun, a ninth-round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, and a 2001 conditional pick to Columbus after the Jackets agreed not to select the Sharks’ unprotected goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. The following day, June 24, at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Columbus selected Rostislav Klesla fourth overall.

Logo 2000-2007

Logo 2000-2007

October 7, 2000 was the day the Columbus Blue Jackets played their first regular season game, a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Bruce Gardiner scored the franchise’s first goal. Columbus finished with a 28-39-9-6 record for 71 points, failing to qualify for the playoffs. Geoff Sanderson became the first player in team history to reach the 30-goal plateau and Ron Tugnutt, who was signed in the summer of 2000, supplied solid goaltending.

The Blue Jackets finished next to last in the NHL the following season, 2001-02, with only 57 points. Ray Whitney, acquired from the Florida Panthers the previous season, led the team in scoring. Tragedy struck the Blue Jackets organization in March 2002 when 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil was killed after an errant shot by Espen Knutsen struck her in the head while she was in the stands at Nationwide Arena. As a result of her death, nylon mesh nets have now been installed in all NHL arenas above the area behind the goals to shield spectators from flying pucks. The team also wore small red hearts with the initials “BNC” on their helmets.

Following the season, the Jackets traded Tugnutt to the Dallas Stars. Columbus received a second rounder in the upcoming draft for the net minder, who had split playing time with Marc Denis in 2001-02. On the morning of the draft, the team traded the 2002 third overall pick and the option to flip draft spots in 2003 to the Florida Panthers for the 2002 first overall, which Columbus used to select Rick Nash.

The 2002-03 NHL season started relatively well, with Columbus putting up a 7-5-1-1 record after the first fourteen games. But as expectations from their fans grew higher, the team came back to mediocrity, finishing in the Central Division’s basement for the third consecutive season and missing the playoffs once again. Dave King, the team’s head coach since their debut in 2000, was fired midseason and replaced by general manager Doug MacLean. Marc Denis was given the starting job and played a franchise record seventy-seven games that season, two shy of the NHL record for goalies held by St. Louis’ Grant Fuhr in the 1995-96 season.

Alternate logo used from the 2000-01 season until the 2004-05 season

Alternate logo used from the 2000-01 season until the 2004-05 season

The 2003-04 season was another disappointing season for the Blue Jackets despite key additions in the offseason. Checking center Todd Marchant was signed to a five-year contract in July from the Edmonton Oilers and offensive defenseman Darryl Sydor was acquired from Dallas for Mike Sillinger and a draft pick. MacLean stepped aside as head coach 33 games into the season, giving way to Gerard Gallant. The Jackets finished with just 62 points, the second-lowest total in their short history. Nash was one of the few bright spots for the team; his 41 goals tied Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

Civil War cap shoulder patch

Civil War cap shoulder patch

2004-05 was wiped out due to the NHL’s lockout of its players.

In the summer of 2005, rugged Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote agreed to a multi-year deal with the team. Heading into the 2005-06 NHL season, it appeared the Jackets would finally take the next step and make the playoffs. But injuries to Nash, Klesla, and the team’s 2005 first-round pick Gilbert Brule led to the team putting up a dismal 9-25-1 record through their first 35 games. Superstar Sergei Fedorov was acquired from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and though the team’s play eventually did get better, they failed to make the postseason. Todd Marchant was claimed off waivers by the Ducks; as well, Anaheim received Tyler Wright and François Beauchemin. The team did, however, manage to become a surprising breakout team for the year. They had the best record for the month of January, and ended up finishing the season with a franchise record of wins and points for the season. They also ended in 3rd place in the Central Division, behind Detroit and Nashville.

In the 2006 offseason, Marc Denis was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Fredrik Modin and goalie prospect Fredrik Norrena, making way for Pascal Leclaire to finally grab the starting job. The Blue Jackets also added depth to their young team by signing Anson Carter when it looked as if Nikolai Zherdev would be playing the season in Russia. However, General Manager Doug MacLean and Zherdev were able to compromise and agree upon a 3-year, $7.5-million dollar contract. On Monday, November 13, 2006, Gerard Gallant was relieved of his duties as head coach. The next day, Gary Agnew was named his interim replacement. On Wednesday, November 22, Ken Hitchcock, former coach with the Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers, was named the new head coach, effective the following day.

Rick Nash

Rick Nash

Then, in the 06-07 season, on December 10, 2006, the Blue Jackets scored a team record five power-play goals against the Ottawa Senators in a 6-2 win. On April 3, 2007, the Blue Jackets broke the modern day record for most shutouts against in a season (16) with a 0-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

On April 18th, 2007, Doug MacLean, the team’s first General Manager and President, was fired.[1] Mike Priest, president of JMAC, Inc, was named President of the club while Assistant General Manager Jim Clark was named interim General Manager. [2] On June 15, 2007, the Blue Jackets named Edmonton Oilers assistant general manager Scott Howson as the team’s new general manager.[3]

On August 21, 2007, the team signed Michael Peca to a one-year deal. On October 4, the Blue Jackets announced their affiliation with the Elmira Jackals, which replaced their former affiliation with the Dayton Bombers as the club’s ECHL affiliate.

It was announced on March 12, 2008 that former Blue Jackets’ number one draft pick Rick Nash would become team captain, a slot vacated by Adam Foote upon his trade to the Colorado Avalanche.

On March 16, 2008, Columbus set a franchise record for points in a season, 75, with a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Columbus.

Team Information

Team Name

The name “Blue Jackets” was chosen to celebrate “patriotism, pride and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio and city of Columbus.”[4]

Current 2007-08 jersey design

Current 2007-08 jersey design


The team logo is a stylized version of the Ohio Flag. Previously used as an alternate logo, it became the primary as part of a Reebok-sponsored redesign for the 2007-2008 season. The team’s sweaters feature an alternate logo, a Civil War cap with crossed hockey sticks, on the shoulders.


Jeff Rimer TV Play-by-Play
Danny Gare TV Analyst
George Matthews Radio Play-by-Play
Bill Davidge Radio Analyst

Season-By-Season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Blue Jackets. For the full season-by-season history, see Columbus Blue Jackets seasons

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Records as of April 5, 2007. [5]

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2002-03 82 29 42 8 3 69 213 263 1505 5th, Central Did not qualify
2003-04 82 25 45 8 4 62 177 238 1198 4th, Central Did not qualify
2004-05 Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005-061 82 35 43 4 74 223 279 1416 3rd, Central Did not qualify
2006-07 82 33 42 7 73 201 249 1337 4th, Central Did not qualify
2007-08 82 34 36 12 80 193 218 ? 4th, Central Did not qualify
1 As of the 2005-06 NHL season, all games tied after overtime are decided in a shootout; SOL (Shootout losses) are recorded as OTL in the standings.


Current Roster

As of April 11, 2008. [2]

# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
30 Flag of Finland Fredrik Norrena L 2006 Jakobstad, Finland
31 Flag of Canada Pascal Leclaire L 2001 Repentigny, Quebec
34 Flag of Canada Dan LaCosta L 2004 Labrador City, Newfoundland
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Flag of Canada Kris Russell L 2005 Red Deer, Alberta
6 Flag of the United States Ron Hainsey L 2005 Bolton, Connecticut
8 Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Hejda L 2007 Prague, Czechoslovakia
29 Flag of Canada Marc Methot L 2003 Ottawa, Ontario
55 Flag of Norway Ole-Kristian Tollefsen L 2002 Oslo, Norway
97 Flag of the Czech Republic Rostislav Klesla – A L 2000 Novy Jicin, Czechoslovakia
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
12 Flag of the Czech Republic Jiri Novotny C R 2007 Pelhrimov, Czechoslovakia
13 Flag of Russia Nikolai Zherdev RW R 2003 Kiev, U.S.S.R.
16 Flag of Canada Derick Brassard C L 2006 Hull, Quebec
17 Flag of Canada Gilbert Brule C R 2005 Edmonton, Alberta
19 Flag of Canada Michael Peca – A C R 2007 Toronto, Ontario
21 Flag of Canada Alexandre Picard LW L 2004 Les Saules, Quebec
25 Flag of Canada Jason Chimera LW L 2005 Edmonton, Alberta
27 Flag of Canada Manny Malhotra C L 2003 Mississauga, Ontario
33 Flag of Sweden Fredrik Modin – A LW L 2006 Sundsvall, Sweden
38 Flag of Sweden Joakim Lindstrom C L 2006 Skelleftea, Sweden
40 Flag of the United States Jared Boll RW R 2005 Crystal Lake, Illinois
49 Flag of the United States Dan Fritsche RW R 2003 Parma, Ohio
51 Flag of Canada Andrew Murray C L 2001 Selkirk, Manitoba
61 Flag of Canada Rick Nash – C LW L 2002 Brampton, Ontario

Team Captains

  • Lyle Odelein, 2000-02
  • Ray Whitney, 2002-03
  • Luke Richardson, 2003-05
  • Adam Foote, 2005-08
  • Rick Nash, 2008 – present

Honored Members

Hall of Famers

The Blue Jackets have not had any members of the Hockey Hall of Fame associated with their organization.

Retired Numbers

The Blue Jackets have not yet retired any of their own numbers.

However, Wayne Gretzky’s number 99 was retired League-wide February 6, 2000.

First-Round Draft Picks

  • 2000: Rostislav Klesla (4th overall)
  • 2001: Pascal Leclaire (8th overall)
  • 2002: Rick Nash (1st overall)
  • 2003: Nikolai Zherdev (4th overall)
  • 2004: Alexandre Picard (8th overall)
  • 2005: Gilbert Brule (6th overall)
  • 2006: Derick Brassard (6th overall)
  • 2007: Jakub Voracek (7th overall)

Franchise Scoring Leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Blue Jackets player

Points Goals Assists
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
David Vyborny* C 500 108 192 300 .59
Rick Nash* LW 306 132 102 234 .73
Geoff Sanderson LW 259 88 80 168 .72
Ray Whitney LW 151 45 95 140 .93
Nikolai Zherdev* RW 224 57 81 138 .60
Espen Knutsen C 188 27 81 108 .36
Tyler Wright C 291 57 47 104 .68
Sergei Fedorov C 158 35 64 99 .73
Andrew Cassels C 137 26 68 94 .69
Rostislav Klesla* D 351 31 63 94 .55
Player Pos G
Rick Nash* LW 132
David Vyborny* C 108
Geoff Sanderson LW 88
Tyler Wright C 57
Nikolai Zherdev* RW 57
Ray Whitney LW 45
Jason Chimera* LW 32
Manny Malhotra* C 31
Sergei Fedorov C 30
Rostislav Klesla* D 29
Player Pos A
David Vyborny* C 185
Ray Whitney LW 95
Rick Nash* LW 81
Espen Knutsen C 81
Geoff Sanderson LW 80
Nikolai Zherdev* RW 70
Andrew Cassels C 68
Rostislav Klesla* D 59
Sergei Fedorov C 55
Manny Malhotra* C 50

NHL Awards and Trophies

Rocket Richard Trophy

  • Rick Nash: 2003-04 (shared with Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers and Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames)

Franchise Individual Records

  • Most Goals in a season: Rick Nash, 41 (2003-04)
  • Most Assists in a season: Ray Whitney, 52 (2002-03)
  • Most Points in a season: Ray Whitney, 76 (2002-03)
  • Most Game-Winning Goals in a season: Geoff Sanderson, 7 (2000-01); Rick Nash, 7 (2003-04)
  • Most Penalty Minutes in a season: Jody Shelley, 249 (2002-03)
  • Best Plus/Minus in a season: Jan Hejda, +20 (2007-08)
  • Most Points in a season, defenseman: Jaroslav Spacek, 45 (2002-03)
  • Most Points in a season, rookie: Rick Nash, 39 (2002-03)
  • Most Wins in a season: Marc Denis, 27 (2002-03)
  • Most Shutouts in a season: Pascal Leclaire, 9 (2007-08)
  • Lowest GAA in a season: Pascal Leclaire, 2.25 (2007-08)
  • Best SVP% in a season: Pascal Leclaire, .919 (2007-08)
  • Most Saves in a season: Marc Denis, 2172 (2002-03)
  • First Goalie to finish season with a winning record: Fredrik Norrena, 24-23-3 (2006-07)
  • Longest shutout streak (time without allowing a goal): Fredrik Norrena, 155:28 combined with Pascal Leclaire 10:38 for a combined total of 166:06 (2006-07)

See also

  • List of NHL players
  • List of NHL seasons
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