Remember Them? Columbus Blue Jackets Players of Old

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Lyle Odelein

Odelein was the first captain in Blue Jackets franchise history. He was named captain before the team’s first season, and served with the Jackets for their first two seasons. He was known for his fighting and sometimes dirty play, earning himself a grand total of 2,316 penalty minutes in 1,056 regular season NHL games.

He ended his playing career after playing only 27 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and having to undergo career-ending knee surgery. Although he hasn’t played since 2006, according to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Odelein has not officially announced his retirement.

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