From Ohio History Central
Columbus Blue Jackets Fredrik Modin faces off with a Dallas Stars player during a game on March 9, 2007
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a National Hockey League (NHL) team located in Columbus, Ohio. The NHL awarded Columbus the team in 1997, and the Blue Jackets began play in the 2000-2001 Season, following the expansion of the NHL. All of the Columbus Blue Jackets' home matches take place in Nationwide Arena, which was built to attract an NHL expansion team. In each of the team's first five seasons, the players have failed to make the NHL playoffs. In 2002, Brittany Cecil, a fan, died when an errant puck struck her in the head during a game at Nationwide Arena. Her death resulted in improved safety measures at all NHL arenas. During the 2004-2005 Season, NHL players went on strike, prompting the league to cancel the seasons. Since the cancellation, the two sides have reached an agreement, although it remains to be seen how many fans, including those in Columbus, will welcome back professional hockey in future seasons.