Hockey OperationsExecutive Staff
|JOHN DAVIDSON, President of Hockey Operations/Alternate Governor|
|John Davidson was named president of hockey operations and alternate governor of the Columbus Blue Jackets in October 2012 and in his role oversees all hockey operations activities for the club. He joined the Blue Jackets after serving as the president of hockey operations of the St. Louis Blues from 2006-12, taking over following the 2005-06 season, in which the club posted a 21-46-15 record and 57 points. During his tenure, the Blues averaged 39 wins and 90 points, including a 49-22-11 record, 109 points and a Central Division championship in 2011-12.
Davidson, 59, is one of hockey's most respected figures and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career that spans four decades. Prior to his successful stint with the Blues, he was the longtime analyst for New York Rangers games on Madison Square Garden Network (MSG), as well as various NHL national broadcast partners in the United States and Canada. His outstanding work during a 20-plus year broadcasting career earned him numerous honors.
In 2009, he received the prestigious Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster by The Hockey Hall of Fame and was inducted on Nov. 9, 2009. The NHL and USA Hockey honored Davidson with the Lester Patrick Award for his contributions to ice hockey in the United States in March 2004. He also won two New York Emmy Awards for "Outstanding On-Camera Achievement" in 2001 and 1995 and was part of MSG's Rangers broadcast team that won the CableACE Award for "Outstanding Live Event Coverage" in 1994.
Davidson began his broadcast career with MSG in 1983 and then spent two years on the popular "Hockey Night in Canada" from 1984-86. He rejoined MSG prior to the 1986-87 season, beginning a partnership with Rangers play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen that concluded following the 2005-06 season.
During that time, Davidson also served as NBC's analyst for the NHL All-Star Game from 1990-93 and was lead analyst for the network's hockey coverage at the 1992 (Albertville, France), 1994 (Lillehammer, Norway), 1998 (Nagano, Japan), 2002 (Salt Lake City) and 2006 (Torino, Italy) Winter Olympic Games. He worked for TBS at the 1990 Goodwill Games, contributed to ABC's coverage of the NHL in 1994 and served on the number-one broadcast team with Mike Emrick for FOX's coverage of the NHL regular season, All-Star Games and Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals from 1995-1999.
In addition, his work included several All-Star Games and Stanley Cup Finals for OLN, ESPN and SportsChannel, the 1991 Canada Cup for "Hockey Night in Canada" and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey for FX. He served as ESPN's studio analyst for the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 2005-06 season marked his final season in the broadcast booth on OLN (now NBC Sports Network) and NBC.
Davidson enjoyed a successful junior career as a goaltender with the Calgary Centennials prior to being selected by the Blues with their first pick, fifth overall, in the 1973 Entry Draft. That year, he became the first goaltender to go directly from junior hockey to the NHL as he appeared in 39 games with St. Louis during the 1973-74 season. After two years with the Blues, he joined the Rangers in June 1975 and went on to play eight seasons in New York. In 1978-79, he went 20-15-4 with a 3.52 goals-against average in 39 games and then went 11-7 with a 2.28 goals-against average in 18 playoff games to lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals. He was forced to retire due to injuries during the 1982-83 season.
Davidson was born on Feb. 27, 1953 in Ottawa, Ontario and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He and his wife, Diana, are the parents of two daughters, Lindsay and Ashley.
|JARMO KEKALAINEN, General Manager|
Jarmo Kekalainen was named the third general manager in Columbus Blue Jackets history on February 13, 2013. He joined the club after serving as the president and general manager of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League since 2010. He works closely with Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson on all hockey-related matters involving the club.
CHRIS MacFARLAND, Assistant General Manager
Chris MacFarland has been a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey operations department since prior to the 1999-00 NHL season and was named assistant general manager of the club in July 2008.
MacFarland assists the club in all hockey-related matters including scouting at the professional and amateur level, player contract research and negotiations, salary cap management and arbitration, collective bargaining agreement administration, budgeting and team scheduling issues.
He is also the organization’s liaison to the National Hockey League regarding matters pertaining to the collective bargaining agreement and oversees the hockey operations efforts of the club’s minor league affiliates, the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League and Evansville IceMen of the ECHL.
He originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999, served as the club’s manager of hockey operations from 2001-07 and was promoted to the position of assistant to the general manager in July 2007. He began his career as an intern in the National Hockey League’s New York office from 1993-94 and continued to work in the league’s NHL Productions office while attending law school.
MacFarland was born on March 28, 1970, in the Bronx, New York. He played college hockey at Pace University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business in 1992 and graduated from the university’s law school in 1998.
MacFarland and his wife, Chandra, are the parents of sons, Jake, Gavin and Sawyer, and daughter, Cara. The family resides in Powell.
Bill Zito, Assistant General Manager
Bill Zito was named assistant general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Aug. 12, 2013 and brings nearly three decades of experience encompassing a variety of aspects of the game of hockey to the organization.
Zito joins the Blue Jackets after having spent the past two decades building Acme World Sports into one of the top hockey agencies in the world by uncovering late-round or undrafted, lesser-known players as well as the top picks. As the agency’s founder and president, his list of clients included: John Madden, former All-Star Brian Rafalski, Tuukka Rask, Kimmo Timonen, 2013 Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi, and former Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Award winner Tim Thomas.
Zito is a graduate of Yale University, where he played varsity hockey from 1984-87. He then attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and during that time served as an assistant coach for the Badgers varsity hockey team and was a radio color commentator for Badger hockey. Upon earning his law degree, he went on to practice at major firms in New York and Chicago before founding Acme World Sports, LLC in 1995.
Zito was born on September 16, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of twin daughters, Gigi and Frankie, and son, Billy.
|CRAIG PATRICK, Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations|
|One of the most respected figures in hockey during a playing, coaching and management career that spans four decades, Craig Patrick joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as senior advisor, hockey operations in December 2011.
Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Patrick served as the executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1989-2006 and helped lead the club to two Stanley Cup championships (1991 and 1992), five division titles and 11 playoff berths, while Pittsburgh boasted the second-best record in the NHL behind the Detroit Red Wings during the 1990s. During his tenure, he drafted players such as Jaromir Jagr, Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby and also served as head coach for parts of two seasons (1989-90 and 1996-97).
In 2001, Patrick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth member and third generation of his family to enter the Hall, joining his grandfather Lester, his father Lynn and his great-uncle Frank. He was inducted for his lifetime of achievements in all facets and at all levels of the sport.
Patrick earned the honor of Sporting News NHL Executive of the Year in a vote of his peers in 1990-91, 1997-98 and 1998-99. He also won the 2000 Lester Patrick Award, named after his grandfather, for contributions to hockey in the United States and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.
His extensive international experience began as a player with the U.S. National Team (1969-71) and included the 1976 Canada Cup and numerous other tournaments. He then served as assistant general manager and assistant coach under Herb Brooks for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which upset the heavily-favored Soviet Union squad en route to winning the gold medal in what has become known as the “Miracle on Ice.” He also served as general manager of the 2002 U.S. Olympic team, which claimed the silver medal, and the 1991 U.S. team at the Canada Cup.