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A Union in Blue

Posted by Staff on May 26, 2015
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Twitter PictureYou might have noticed a slowdown on our site over the past few weeks. It’s time to let you in on the why: we’ve been working on something big. Here’s the news: The Union Blue and BS Hockey have now merged! Together, we’re known as Buckeye State Hockey.

We’ve been working hard to combine the two powers, and we have big plans ahead. Most of all, we’re excited to be under one roof, and ready for a Blue Jacket summer and season ahead!

Maybe this is your first time at the Bloguin site if you’re a Union Blue fan. Will everything be intact? Can we still expect the best CBJ views we’ve grown to know? Or maybe you’re a BS reader. Will the tone change with new voices? Will the podcast still happen?

The blog merger doesn’t change what you loved. Instead, it’s getting everyone under one roof, sharing thoughts and providing all the blog-based coverage you’ve come to expect from each source. If you’ve read either site before, you already know that The Union Blue and BS Hockey featured multiple, distinct voices. Having different authors makes it happen. And that won’t change here. In fact, it’s one of the great strengths of Buckeye State Hockey. Luckily, there is one surefire unifying theme: a passion for hockey, especially in Ohio.

Are you looking for hockey storytelling? Are you looking to dig in deep, and ask questions with us? Do you want to know about prospects, college hockey, and the CHL? Do you want to see a broad perspective on the Blue Jackets?

If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Buckeye State Hockey. We’re excited to grow together, and talk hockey with you!


Community Skate Details – Wednesday, January 21

Posted by Staff on January 20, 2015
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Hello everyone!

If you haven’t already heard, we are partnering with Buckeye State Hockey to provide you a full slate of events during All-Star Week! Tomorrow the fun begins with our community skate…here are some last minute details and information – we hope to see many of you there!

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All-Star Fun in Columbus – Join Us

Posted by Staff on January 10, 2015
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The All-Star Game is coming to Columbus! To celebrate a once in a generation event, The Union Blue and Buckeye State Hockey have partnered to bring you a slate of activities to celebrate the CBJ blog / social media community. We’re excited to invite each of you to join us for any and all of the following!

Wednesday, January 21, from 4:45 – 5:30 we will have EXCLUSIVE access to the outdoor rink on McPherson Square as part of the Winter Park. For $5 you can join us. We’ll have sticks and pucks too to play around with – if there’s interest in getting a mini skills competition together, we’d love to hear that from you too!

After enjoying the outdoor ice, we’ll move indoors to enjoy a great meal at Rodizio Grill and then move to a location that we’re working on to watch the CBJ game (the boys play at Winnipeg that night).

Friday evening we will be hosting an event in conjunction with Puck Daddy at Bernard’s Tavern in the Short North. This event will run from 6-10 on the 23rd:

Happy Hour prices will run from 6-8 at the bar including half price beer (bottle or draft) and $2.25 well drinks. From 8-10 they will be running a special including $3 bud light draft, $4 Jack Daniel’s Honey, $4 Jagermeister and $4 3 Olive products.

We want to have a fun, safe environment for those visiting us. This cocktail hour will let writers, bloggers and fans alike intermingle and talk about the sport we all love, hockey.

While Friday is more set in stone, over the coming weeks we should be getting more information on our Saturday event. In addition to Columbus hosting the All Star game we would like to give back to the community as well. We are currently looking for a venue to host a service event. We are speaking to multiple venues and expect an announcement in the days to come regarding the location.

Hopefully this provides a little something for everyone – and we want to hear from YOU!

So if you want to join us – please RSVP via this quick survey. There’s also a place for you to ask questions, provide feedback, let us know what else might be fun.

Let’s show the hockey community how fantastic the CBJ fan and blog community really is!

We look forward to it!

~Your friends at Buckeye State Hockey and The Union Blue

CBJ Social Media Day – Coming Thursday!

Posted by Staff on September 15, 2014
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What is going on in CBJ land? Not much you say? Well, not for long! Players return to Nationwide Arena Thursday to begin the 2014-15 campaign and, they want to talk to YOU.

Before Training Camp even starts, Blue Jackets players are going to be available via social media to take your questions!

As the players come back officially on Thursday, Bobby McElligott and Jody Shelley will be hosting a live interactive show and from noon till 1 pm they’ll be communicating your questions to the boys who will answer your questions right then and there!

How do you participate? Easy. On Thursday, check out the live stream and then, submit your questions via twitter using the hashtag #CBJSMDay

You can find a complete schedule and all the details HERE

Hockey’s back, friends. And the Blue Jackets are kicking it off in style come Thursday!

Carry the flag!

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Interview: Meet Ashley Ware, Artist and CBJ Fan

Posted by DerDrache on January 21, 2014
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It’s no secret that the CBJ fan base is full of talented individuals and today on TheUnionBlue we’re very glad to have had a chance to speak with Ashley Ware (@LeAshleh on Twitter) who recently has been generous enough to share what she refers to as her doodles but that I would deem them masterpieces. Some recent samples include her take on fan favorites Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky: Continue reading…

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Reality Check

In the wake of last night’s 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, and the uproar over the major penalty and game misconduct imposed on Brandon Dubinsky for his hit on Saku Koivu, emotions have been running high in the Twitterverse and elsewhere over the hit, the call and the hockey community reaction to both.  Some similar sniping has emerged concerning the fact that the Blue Jackets are a game below .500 and the attendance at the Anaheim game wasn’t where it should be.  As is seemingly necessary a few times each year, it’s time to take a brief reality check and put things in perspective.

The Dubinsky Hit

For those who have not seen it, here is the video from You Tube — which is the Anaheim feed of the incident:

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Cannonfest is Coming – How to Make The Most of It

Posted by Staff on August 01, 2013
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CannonFest 2012 official logoIt’s August and that means it’s the month of CANNONFEST!

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever and we have some great things to tell you about!

Our friends over at Full Mental Jackets have already announced the inaugural #CBJIVID contest spectacular. So be sure to check that out!

But there’s even more to share this year.

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2012 Schedule Showcase – New Year’s Eve With Chicago

Posted by AlisonL on August 20, 2012
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Another week, another schedule showcase to get us looking into the upcoming season for those “must watch” games. This Friday, we’re focusing on the New Year’s Eve match-up against the Chicago Blackhawks. Though our team travels to Chi-town for their first game of the season, this game on December 31st will mark the first time we see Toews, Kane and company in our own house. And it promises to be a doozy.

Read on to hear the Union Blue’s thoughts on the game, the match-ups, a key prospect and why we NEED to be at the game.

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2012 Schedule Showcase – The Blue Jackets Take on the Wild

Looking forward to the 2012-13 schedule, there are a few games that already are drawing the attention of the fan base so we’re putting these together into a “Schedule Showcase”. The optimist in us has us believing in the schedule as defined (no lockout) and looking towards the first Friday night game at Nationwide against an in-conference opponent. October 26th against the Minnesota Wild. Last season had the Jackets going 2-1 against the Wild, and with the off-season acquisitions of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, the Wild certainly became a “team to watch”. Consider also that Minnesota is the former home of our head coach, Todd Richards, and winger, Colton Gilles, and this match up looks to be one that will not only be entertaining, but also a good benchmark for what these new Jackets will bring to the ice.

Here at Union Blue, we’re going to take a quick look at what to watch for, what new players are on the horizon for this match-up in the form of a prospect spotlight, and the game experience. So let’s get on with it!

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The Union Blue

Posted by Canadan82 on May 04, 2012
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Welcome to The Union Blue. A fresh look for a group of Columbus Blue Jackets fans dedicated to bringing in depth coverage on the team to their fellow fans. While we are at the end of another disappointing season, hope for a new beginning, better players, and better results is on the horizon.

Here are some of the features you can look forward to:

Podcast :: Scheduled to begin later in the year, The Union Blue will be unleashing a minimum of one regularly scheduled podcast relating to current Blue Jackets topics. We hope to bring additional information soon on a project we are very excited to begin.

Forum :: Coming VERY soon. Here you’ll find all kinds of Blue Jackets discussion, Union Blue events, and an opportunity to go back and forth with fellow Blue Jackets fans on a multitude of topics including community events.

Prospect Database :: During the last year, Carry the Flag provided a tremendous weekly prospect update by popular twitter prospect follower @CBJProspects. We are excited to bring him on board to continue this weekly update on the teams youth, along with a constantly updated prospect twitter database.

Detailed Transaction Information :: You will find actively updated salary cap info, historical trade information, free agent signing information, historical draft selections, and waiver signings/losses in the transactions drop down menu above.

Day-to-Day Coverage :: We hope to provide daily updates to the site regarding the Blue Jackets as the next season nears. There is always a lot of exciting activities throughout the summer like the draft and free agency, and the Union Blue intends to be right in the thick of it all.

Union Blue Events :: Much like the popular TweetUp events this year, the Union Blue intends to orchestrate (or at least be strongly involved in) events related to the team. We recognize the power of TweetUps and want to see events like that continue into next season. Keep an eye on the Union Blue forum Calendar!

So Carry the Flag, Ignite the Night, March On, and bleed Union Blue for the new era of Columbus Blue Jackets hockey.

-The Union Blue Team