Welcome to this edition of CBJ FANSided Friday! In this series we will post a short interview with a fan from the Blue Jackets community and ask them about their Jackets fandom. We interviewed Stacy Lewis, a huge Ryan Murray fan! Stacy is a mother of 2 little die hard Blue Jacket fans. She is a twitter addict, t-shirt collector, and selfie queen.
U&B: When did you first become a Blue Jackets fan, and what drew you towards the team?
I went to my very first Blue Jackets game in December of 2000. It was the Blue Jackets vs. Bruins. I grew up in a very strict household where we were not allowed to watch TV. My mom is from Moscow and was raised differently so she raised us the same. My sister and I spent our summers and a few weeks in the winter in Boston with my dad, and while he generally stuck to my moms rules, he allowed us to watch the Bruins on TV. I remember just being completely in awe of the sport and fell in love. He’d take us to Bruins games and I felt like that was the greatest thing ever. Joe Thornton was like God in our house.
When my mom decided to go back to Moscow, my dad moved to Ohio for a new job so we moved in with him. It was all Bruins all the time. My dad told me they were going to have a professional team in Columbus and the first game we’d go to was against the Bruins. The atmosphere of the arena was electric. That’s what drew me in. The fans were amazing. Then Rick Nash came along and he was my age and so talented so we became season ticket holders and went to almost every game the next four seasons. Then I started having kids and wasn’t able to go anymore, but every time the Blue Jackets and Bruins play my dad is there.
U&B: Who is your favorite Blue Jackets player on the current roster?
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows this without a second thought. Ryan Murray. He’s so talented. Murray and James Wisniewski together on the ice is magic. Every game I post if Ryan Murray scores I’ll buy everyone ice cream, after I come back to consciousness from being so excited. This team has so much talent though its hard to say he’s my favorite. Johansen is absolutely incredible. Boone Jenner is an absolute beast. I’m a very proud member of Boones Goons on Twitter. I wear my Boones Goons shirt almost every game, it’s a winning shirt. I have a Murray’s Minions shirt also. I’m a bit of a t shirt collector.
U&B: If you could choose the teams next captain right now, who would it be?
U&B: How do you feel about the start to the season/where do you think the CBJ will finish this year?