Columbus Blue Jackets: How We Became CBJ Fans

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 18: Columbus Blue Jackets mascot Stinger cheers with fans during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 18, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 5-4. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 18: Columbus Blue Jackets mascot Stinger cheers with fans during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 18, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 5-4. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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LEAFS BLUEJACKETS. 10,05, 2008 .Toronto Maple Leafs Alexei Ponikarovski gets punched by Ole Kristian Tollefsen of the Blue Jackets after he drilled Jason Blake ( rear) in an open ice hit in the first at the ACC on Sunday . Rene Johnston/Toronto Star (Photo by Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LEAFS BLUEJACKETS. 10,05, 2008 .Toronto Maple Leafs Alexei Ponikarovski gets punched by Ole Kristian Tollefsen of the Blue Jackets after he drilled Jason Blake ( rear) in an open ice hit in the first at the ACC on Sunday . Rene Johnston/Toronto Star (Photo by Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images) /

Michael Mallory

MM: I’ve become a fan of the Jackets because I had a family member growing up that had season tickets. As a birthday gift every year I was able to pick a game of the schedule and go. So I would go every year, and this grew my love of the team and the game. Then as I got older and independent, my friends and I would go.