In this recurring post, we take a look at what has happened in the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets during this particular week. (All information gathered from The Columbus Blue Jackets Franchise Timeline)
October 24, 2012
The Columbus Blue Jackets announce that John Davidson, former goaltender and Hall of Fame broadcaster, has agreed to take on the role of President of Hockey Operations. “JD” was born in Ottawa, Ontario and played as a goaltender in the NHL. He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1973 as the 5th overall pick. He was the first goaltender to go directly from juniors to the NHL.
He played for the St. Louis Blues from 1973-75, and the New York Rangers from 1975-83. He was only 1 of 2 players to ever wear the number 00 before the NHL banned it. JD was the inspiration for the Foreigner song Double Vision. A puck hit his goalie mask and the game announcers said that he was suffering from “double vision.” Members of the band happened to be watching the game and wrote a song about it.
After retirement from the NHL, JD became the color commentator for the New York Rangers from 1986-2006. He currently sits on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee and shared the Lester Patrick Trophy (service to hockey in the U.S.) with Mike Emrick. He was also awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. His signature phrase is “Oh Baby!” He also co-authored the book Hockey for Dummies.
He was the President of Hockey Operations for the St. Louis Blues from June 30, 2006 to Oct 9, 2012 when his contract was bought out. He was named the President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 24, 2012.
Sunday October 20, 2013: Home against the Vancouver Canucks, 6PM
Tuesday October 22, 2013: Home against the New Jersey Devils, 7PM
Friday October 25, 2013: Home against the Toronto Maple Leafs (Hockey Fights Cancer night), 7PM
Did I miss anything? Tell me in the comments below. Come back next week to take another look back in Columbus Blue Jackets Franchise History!