POSTED ON Monday, 08.27.2012 / 1:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Only a couple of days left -- are YOU ready to defend Nationwide Arena on August 29th at noon?  

We're continuing today with the fifth installment of the mystery opponent "scavenger hunt" on CBJ Today.

All you have to do is fill out the form provided below (and make sure you have the correct answer!) to enter the contest. The prize? Winner and a guest get to enjoy the game against said opponent from either a luxury suite or glass seats, depending on the game.

Without further ado, let's get it started.

The rules are the same as yesterday, and the prize is similar: the winner gets two (2) tickets in a luxury suite to a game against today's mystery opponent at Nationwide Arena this upcoming season. Fill out the form completely, hit "submit" and you're good to go.


Submit your official entry here >>

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.27.2012 / 11:11 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today



Tim Erixon
was a player that the New York Rangers did not want to include in a Rick Nash trade, but in order to get the deal done, he was a crucial piece.

The 21-year-old Swedish defenseman was drafted in the first round (21st overall) by the Calgary Flames in 2009, and was traded to the Rangers last July. He's a second-generation NHLer, as his father Jan was a premier shutdown forward for the Rangers in the 1980s and 1990s. Unlike his dad, Tim is regarded as an elite prospect and a strong two-way defenseman.

He was a steady performer for Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League over parts of four seasons, beginning his professional career at age 17. He has represented Sweden four times in international competition and just completed his first North American pro season with the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers' AHL affiliate.

Erixon joins a revamped and fortified stable of defensemen in the Blue Jackets pipeline and will no doubt compete for a roster spot when training camp begins. We caught up with Tim via email (he's at home, training in his native Sweden and there's a sizeable time difference), and he answered a handful of assorted questions for BlueJackets.com and the CBJ Today blog.


Read the full interview with Erixon here >>

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POSTED ON Sunday, 08.26.2012 / 3:09 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


We're about halfway through. Are you ready to defend Nationwide Arena on August 29th at noon?  

We're continuing today with the fourth installment of the "scavenger hunt" on CBJ Today.

All you have to do is fill out the form provided below (and make sure you have the correct answer!) to enter the contest. The prize? Winner and a guest get to enjoy the game against said opponent from either a luxury suite or glass seats, depending on the game.

Without further ado, let's get it started.

The rules are the same as yesterday, and the prize is similar: the winner gets two (2) tickets in a luxury suite to a game against today's mystery opponent at Nationwide Arena this upcoming season. Fill out the form completely, hit "submit" and you're good to go.

HINT 1: This team's captain won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010.

HINT 2
: Its GM was the former GM of the AHL franchise in the city referenced in Hint #1. 

HINT 3: Its head coach once served in a coaching capacity with the Blue Jackets.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 08.25.2012 / 2:58 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


We're not stopping this thing just because it's the weekend...

We're continuing today with the third installment of the "scavenger hunt" on CBJ Today.

All you have to do is fill out the form provided below (and make sure you have the correct answer!) to enter the contest. The prize? Winner and a guest get to enjoy the game against said opponent from either a luxury suite or glass seats, depending on the game.

Without further ado, let's get it started.

The rules are the same as yesterday, and the prize is similar: the winner gets two (2) tickets in a luxury suite to a game against today's mystery opponent at Nationwide Arena this upcoming season. Fill out the form completely, hit "submit" and you're good to go.

HINT 1: This team used to play home games at Olympia.

HINT 2
: Its current head coach once coached the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

HINT 3: Its longtime captain is now the GM of another NHL team.

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.24.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Did everyone have fun yesterday? Good. So did we.

It was a great launch to our Mystery Opponent contest, and it continues today with the second installment of the "scavenger hunt" on CBJ Today.

All you have to do is fill out the form provided below (and make sure you have the correct answer!) to enter the contest. The prize? Winner and a guest get to enjoy the game against said opponent from either a luxury suite or glass seats, depending on the game.

Without further ado, let's get it started.

The rules are the same as yesterday, and the prize is similar: the winner gets two (2) tickets in a luxury suite to a game against today's mystery opponent at Nationwide Arena this upcoming season. Fill out the form completely, hit "submit" and you're good to go.


Click here for the hints and to submit your entry >>

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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 1:15 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

We alluded to it yesterday, and now, the time has come.

In appreciation of you joining the battle with us and helping to #DefendNWA, we're giving you the opportunity to win tickets in a luxury suite or glass seats to select games on the 2012-13 NHL schedule.

It's just another example of why Blue Jackets fans rock: take a look at Twitter, and log on to Facebook. Our #DefendNWA avatars are all over the place, and the cover photos are being uploaded left and right.

And how about the message from James Wisniewski in the video shown above? Pretty awesome.

On to the contest...


Click here to submit your official entry!

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.22.2012 / 7:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

When you "like" something on Facebook, it's a pretty strong indication that you either (surprise) like that item or approve of it.

Along those same lines: what if we told you a simple "like" of the official Blue Jackets Facebook page meant you get an exclusive opportunity to buy single-game tickets *ahead* of the Aug. 29 on-sale date?

Now that you're all-ears, I'll continue.

It's pretty simple. All you have to do is log on to Facebook - and if you're like most of us at work, you already are :) - and head straight to the Blue Jackets official page.


Get all the details on how to gain exclusive access here >>

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.21.2012 / 2:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the 2011-12 Blue Jackets season was James Wisniewski's overtime winner at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The goal signaled an abrupt end to a spirited game in which the Blue Jackets trailed early, led late, and eventually left the building with two points.

It was Columbus' first victory at Bridgestone since April 3, 2006 -- and it's also the basis of this week's trivia. Fill out the form below for your chance to win awesome #CBJ swag, and make sure you know your Blue Jackets history!


Click here to submit your entry form!

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.20.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Started in 2010 by a few dedicated members of the Blue Jackets social media community, the event that would later be known as "CannonFest" was intended to be a late-summer gathering of hockey fans starved for some puck talk.

It just so happened that Greg May (blogger at Full Mental Jackets) owns a few local restaurant franchises, and one located in Grandview turned out to be the ideal location. It was a great sight: in the dog days of summer, the entire room was filled with Blue Jackets jerseys, hats, t-shirts and other apparel -- and training camp was over a month away.

Fast forward to August 19, 2012: in the third and most recent installment of CannonFest, the event was the biggest and best yet. Co-organizers May, Matt Wagner (SB Nation's The Cannon blog) and Tom Fellrath (Dark Blue Jacket) expected such a large turnout that they used electronic ticketing to track the number of RSVPs, and they pushed it to the fire marshal's limit with over 300 people in attendance.

NOTE: Excellent work by CBJ fan Adam Heineman (@adam_33) in designing the official CannonFest logo!


Read the full CannonFest story here >>

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POSTED ON Thursday, 08.16.2012 / 11:50 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Hockey players are often encouraged to "leave it all on the ice," but if there's one thing Cam Atkinson always brings with him off the ice, it's his heart.

There's a reason why Blue Jackets fans were instantly captivated by the energetic 23-year-old from Riverside, Conn., and a large part of that is his infectious personality. Atkinson is the definition of a people-person, never shy in talking with fans and signing as many autographs as he can.

And it was those interactions with fans during his first NHL season that inspired him to give back.

Atkinson is partnering with the Marty Lyons Foundation this weekend for an event called "Keep Hope Alive," which is engineered to raise money for the foundation and bring joy to the lives of children battling illness. Lyons, a former NFL defensive tackle with the New York Jets in the 1970s and 1980s, started the foundation after forming a special relationship with a terminally ill child during his playing career.


Read the full story here >>

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
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10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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