The Columbus Blue Jackets were created as an expansion team as a part of the NHL in 2000. They are located in Columbus Ohio and play their home games at Nationwide Arena. They are a member of The Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division.
The team is owned by John P. McConnell, coached by John Tortorella, and its mascot is a yellow jacket nicknamed "stinger". The team's primary colors are the same as the state of Ohio, red, white, and blue. The team's logo also displays a nod to Ohio as it has the state's flag front and center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are entering their 20th year in the National Hockey League. Compared to other teams, that is not a very lengthy tenure. In that span, very little has been accomplished by the franchise. There has been only one playoff victory and that came just last year.
In the first round of the 2019 playoffs, the fourth seeded Columbus Blue Jackets who had just barely slipped into the playoffs faced off against The Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning were coming off of a historic regular season where they tied the record for total points. Despite facing what seemed to be insurmountable odds, The Blue Jackets pulled off a historic upset behind their veterans. Not only did they conquer one of the greatest regular season teams ever, but they only needed four games to do so (best of seven series).
Despite not producing the best results, The Blue Jackets have had many talented players on their roster. Notable Blue Jackets forwards include Rick Nash, Artemi Panerin and Cam Atkinson. On the defensive side of things, their best players have been defenseman Seth Jones and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It is interesting to note that most of these players come from the more recent Blue Jackets teams, maybe suggesting they will break out of their extended postseason slump.