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Jackets Dish Out Holiday Assists Off The Ice

Friday, 12.16.2011 / 4:12 PM / Features
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

Monday afternoon, the Columbus Blue Jackets dished out assists off the ice as part of a community day of service around Central Ohio. Players visited four different basic needs charities where they partnered with corporate sponsors to lend a hand to those less fortunate during the holiday season.

Spread out across the community, participating charities included the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, St. Stephen’s Community House and Broad Street Presbyterian Food Pantry. At the Furniture Bank, the players’ power tool skills were put to the test as they assembled kitchen tables for families struggling to furnish their own homes. The tables assembled will land in homes in less than a week, with two lucky families receiving a table signed by Captain Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, Aaron Johnson, Nikita Nikitin, Sammy Pahlsson, Curtis Sanford and Fedor Tyutin.

At Broad Street Presbyterian Food Pantry, R.J. Umberger, Grant Clitsome, Marc Methot and Steve Mason helped the pantry move and reorganize food in preparation for a 10,000 lb. delivery Tuesday morning. Work that players’ completed in one hour would have taken the pantry well over six hours to complete.

Monday was Jared Boll, Mark Letestu, Vinny Prospal and James Wisniewski’s first visit to a food pantry when they visited the St. Stephen’s Community House. The players assisted pantry shoppers with their carts and food selections, helped load groceries for clients into cars, and played with kids at the agency’s daycare. Each child in the daycare also left with a Blue Jackets winter hat from the players.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank accepted help from Antoine Vermette, Derick Brassard, Ryan Johansen, Derek MacKenzie, and John Moore, where the guys helped load food donations into the vehicles of food pantry and soup kitchen volunteers. Additionally, the players helped prepare for the following day’s food donations by sorting cases of frozen chicken. Rookie John Moore served as the “foreman” on the project, while Derek MacKenzie took on the role of supervisor.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
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
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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
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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