The Colombus Blue Jackets have been part of the hockey world since 2000. Prior to 1978, the state was home to the Cleveland Barons, but upon their departure, Ohio was without a NHL (National Hockey League) team for more than 20 years.
Colombus was the proud owner of a new stadium, and a new team, whose logo and title were both inspired by Ohio’s Civil War history. The Blue Jackets hit the ice in 2000, losing their initial match against the Chicago Blackhawcks.
To help energize fans, the franchise used a reproduction of a late 19th century cannon in the arena, firing it whenever the team its the ice at the start of a game, score a goal or win the match.
Matched up against some serious heavies, the Blue Jackets quickly took on fierce rivalries with the Nashville Predators, St.Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawcks and Detroit Red Wings.
The name Blue Jackets was chosen to celebrate patriotism, pride, and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio, and city of Colombus.
The arena is of a brick design, and serves as the center of an entertainment district located about one-half of a mile north of the Ohio State Capitol.
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