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 Kevin Young, a Blue Jackets fan from Calgary, Alberta, Canada!
An interesting tidbit of information…back in 2007 when he first joined Facebook, he couldn’t help but notice there was no CBJ presence. Other NHL teams had pages, but at that time the Jackets didn’t. So he took it upon himself to create the first ever Columbus Blue Jackets Facebook page. So a guy from Calgary gave the Jackets their first Facebook presence! Awhile after, he got a message from Facebook saying that the real CBJ had claimed ownership of it (which was fine by him, after all they ARE the Jackets!) so there’s a good chance that the CBJ fan page that exists now is in some form an offshoot of what he started all those years ago!
U&B: When did you first become a Blue Jackets fan, and what drew you towards the team?
Kevin: Having grown up and lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada my entire life, I’ve always had hockey as part of my life. However during the 1990′s and early 2000′s I had sort of stopped following the NHL for awhile, only getting back into it during the 2003-04 season when the hometown Flames made their playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals. After the lockout of 2004-05, I remember going to games again and watching highlights on the NHL Network and I think that was the first time I heard of this team called the Columbus Blue Jackets. I remember thinking “What kind of a name for a team is Blue Jackets??” (remember, I’m from Canada so the US Civil War wasn’t really top knowledge for me!). I would see highlights of the team on the NHL Network and there was something about the team that drew me to them.
Maybe it was the fact everyone always thought of them as an underdog team, but they struck a chord with me and I began watching the highlights just to see how the team did that night, etc. I soon found myself really interested in the team and it’s players and before I knew it, I was a Jacket addict! It wasn’t until 2007 though that I finally got to my first game at Nationwide Arena (my ex and I drove all the way from Calgary to Columbus for that game) and ever since that first night at Nationwide, I make sure to get back to Columbus at least once a year for a game! I always make sure to get NHL Center Ice as part of my TV package every year for the purpose of watching the CBJ games! I love being able to watch the games live and not have to rely on the highlights!
U&B: Who is your favorite Blue Jackets player on the current roster?
Kevin: Wow, this one’s a hard question. Every player on the team contributes every night and it’s really hard to pick just one! But since I have to, I would have to say Sergei Bobrovsky. The man is a brick wall when he’s in net and he gives the team a chance to win every night with his stellar goaltending!
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?