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Meet The Team

Curtis Deem

Curtis Deem has followed hockey for basically his entire life, starting with the Columbus Chill of the ECHL around 1993. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, an avid supporter of the Columbus Blue Jackets since day one of their existence. Relocated to Spokane, Washington and spent 18 years out west, covering the Western Hockey League and the NHL Draft sporadically. Recently moved across the country again, this time to the Raleigh, NC area. Still live and breath everything Blue Jackets, with an enhanced eye on the NHL Draft and everything prospect-related.


Todd Matthews

Todd Matthews ran Sabre Noise and Raising Zona under the pen name Sion Fawkes between 2022 and 2024 before he switched his full focus to the NHL. A lifelong hockey fan, Todd now covers the entire NHL at FanSided as the Lead Editor and he is always happy to write about the league’s current happenings and its history. When he’s not writing about hockey, Todd is often found working out either in the gym or running on trails. He is a fan of symphonic and power metal, and an avid listener of audiobooks, particularly in the fantasy genre, and he can be reached at todd.matthews@fansided.com.

Matthew Duffey

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Matt was raised to love everything sports. In Columbus pre-2000, Matt (as were many other kids) was primarily consumed by football (specifically OSU football). However, when the puck dropped on October 7, 2000, a new love affair blossomed. The Blue Jackets filled Matt with joy that no other sport had before. Matt has had full season tickets for the Blue Jackets since the 2000-2001 season. Countless memories of Blue Jacket moments, from spectacular goals to big wins, are still fresh in Matt's mind. Matt currently resides in Columbus and still attends a majority of the home games.


Mike Stump

Mike is a long-time CBJ fan who has been around since Day 1 of the franchise. He grew up in Columbus, went to college at Ohio State, Class of '19, and now works as a Claims Operations Supervisor in Auto Insurance. He brings the perspective of a long-time Jackets fan who somehow has not had the relentless optimism beaten out of him over the last 25 years.


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