Based in Columbus, Ohio, United States, the Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team. The Columbus Blue Jackets are the members of the Western Conference’s Central Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). Preceded in Ohio's capital by the Columbus Chill of the ECHL, the Blue Jackets were formed as an expansion team in the year 2000. The Columbus Blue Jackets qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2009. They had previously been the only active National Hockey League team not to qualify.
The Blue Jackets' name and logos are embedded in the Ohio's rich Civil War history. Rick Nash, David Vyborny, Ray Whitney, Fredrik Modin, Steve Mason, Geoff Sanderson, R. J. Umberger and Sergei Fedorov are a few of the well-known National Hockey League figures to have donned a Columbus jersey. In Feb. 2010 Ken Hitchcock was fired from the post of the head coach and Claude Noel is currently serving as temporary head coach. Presently the general manager Scott Howson initiated in the year 2007. The Blue Jackets play their home games in downtown Columbus at the Nationwide Arena, which was opened in the year 2000.Name "Blue Jackets" was selected to celebrate the patriotism, pride, and the wealthy Civil War history in the state of Ohio and the city of Columbus.