Category Archives: Pucks ‘n’ Stuff

Pucks ‘n’ Stuff – Camsanity!

[A periodic feature here at Dark Blue Jacket Plus, "Pucks 'n' Stuff" serves to highlight the stuff that's sitting on our shelves, in our shoeboxes and on our walls. It's the quirky history of the Columbus Blue Jackets brought to life.  If you have CBJ-signed memorabilia or other unique Blue Jackets merchandise, email photos to me at darkbluejacket [at] sbcglobal [dot] net, and I’ll post ‘em for you. If you happen to have a story about how you got the puck, or a favorite recollection of the ex-Blue Jacket whose memorabilia that you’re sending, feel free to share it as well!]

Like Major League Baseball – but somewhat unique in comparison to professional football or basketball – the National Hockey League is unique in that it has a meaningful minor league system.  The minor leagues – and by this, I mean the American Hockey League – are places for young players to gestate after finishing their major junior or college careers, for injured NHLers to recover from injury or find their games all over again, for sub-NHL talent who still want to make a living playing hockey and for once-NHLers to make a last shot at returning to the show.  This mixture makes for some fascinating stories, as movies like Slap Shot and Goon have shown.

In the case of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the minor league team in question is the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.  The Falcons – affiliated with teams as diverse as Hartford, Winnipeg/Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Edmonton over the years – have partnered with the CBJ for the past two seasons and enjoy their own legions of fans in New England (especially Western Massachusetts) that span the years.  Minor league teams are like that, with their own diehards.  Speaking of, I’ve been following one of their uber-fans, Twitter’s KatyLovesHockey (who is a fantastic Twitter follow if you’re interested in how things are going down on the farm).  She linked me up with a friend of hers, Jerod Yelinek, who…well, has a healthy dose of Camsanity.  By that, I mean he has a LOT of Cam Atkinson cards (as both a Falcon and Blue Jacket) and pucks, many of which are signed.  The incredible thing is, Atkinson has only played one full season of professional hockey!  This demanded further investigation, so I asked Jerod to share his Atkinson fascination:

The beginning of my collection started out with a few autographed hockey pucks at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Cam had just finished up at Boston College and was starting his pro career in Springfield. I was able to catch him outside the Mass Mutual Center with everyone crowding around him, as we all could see we had lightning in a bottle. Read More »

Pucks ‘n’ Stuff – Erick’s incredible CBJ collection

Welcome to a new, periodic feature of Dark Blue Jacket Plus: Blue Jackets Pucks ‘n’ Stuff.  This is the continuation of a blog I started last offseason.  It serves to highlight the stuff that’s sitting on our shelves, in our shoeboxes and on our walls. It’s the quirky history of the Columbus Blue Jackets brought to life.

Pucks ‘n’ Stuff is about YOU, Blue Jackets Fan.  If this feature is going to work, I’ll need your help. Email your photos of CBJ-signed pucks or other memorabilia – preferably by players no longer with the team – or other unique Blue Jackets merchandise (like a CBJ wives cookbook?) to me at darkbluejacket [at] sbcglobal [dot] net, and I’ll post ‘em for you. If you happen to have a story about how you got the puck, or a favorite recollection of the ex-Blue Jacket whose memorabilia that you’re sending, feel free to share it as well and I’ll post.

Over time, we’ll have a place where we can share our memories of our favorite NHL team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Carry The Flag!

 


 

We’ll kick off DBJ Plus’ Pucks ‘n’ Stuff with one of the most impressive collections of CBJ memorabilia that I’ve ever seen, that of reader Erick.  What’s his story, you ask?  What possesses a person to go hog-wild and accumulate so much Blue Jackets goodness?  Glad you asked…

The Blue Jackets mean more to me than I could possibly express, but most of all the it means having a professional sports team in my hometown. It all started for me when Columbus was awarded an NHL franchise. It continued in 2000 when the CBJ played their inaugural game against the Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena. Ever since then I have been to hundreds of Blue Jackets games cheering on the Jackets through all the highs and lows. I’m now a Blue Jackets partial season ticket holder. This coming up season will be my 6th season as a STH. Living in Columbus and going to several CBJ games I’ve seen how passionate fans are in Columbus. Knowing how great the fans are has helped me grow into the hockey fan that I am. Read More »