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The “Columbus Blue Jackets” is a professional ice hockey team situated in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The team is part of the Metropolitan Division that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was discovered in the year 2000 as an expansion team in Columbus and in 2009, the team advanced in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which was also their first appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Blue Jackets usually play their home games at the Nationwide Arena since the year 2000 and the team was also associated with two teams, one is the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the other one is the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.

The History of Franchise

Before the Blue Jackets were formally established, the last NHL team to be in Ohio was the Cleveland Barons during the 1976-1978 seasons. Ahead from the Blue Jackets was the Columbus Chill that had played during 1991-1999 seasons. The Chill had 83-game streaks played at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum. In November of the year 1996, a partnership named Columbus Hockey Limited was formed comprising five investors in it who proposed an application with a $100,000 fee to the National Hockey League (NHL). Unfortunately, the application was declined by the league.

On May 31, 1997, the Nationwide aired that it would give financial support of $150 million arena. After 1 month, the NHL announced about the Columbus’ new franchise. The name Columbus Blue Jackets was taken out of the NHL contest “Name the Team” during the month of August in the same year. According to its history, the Ohio had contributed much during the American Civil Wars and they suddenly pointed down the two of the best names out of the 14,000 entries “Blue Jackets and Justice”, which names were ideally referred to Ohio’s contributions in the war. The official announcement of the team’s name happened in November of the same year.

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