I finally joined! I love that there is so much passion in the #CBJ community!
Social media has really changed the way that I follow hockey! I've been a hockey fan for nearly 30 years, stemming from my days watching the Kalamazoo Wings. While I watched and rooted for the Red Wings in college, I never would have called myself a die hard NHL fan as my roots were in the IHL. Anyways, when I moved to Columbus in '99, I was thrilled that the NHL was coming to Columbus. My brother became a season ticket holder after the 2nd year and I attended 10-20 games a year with him up until last year when he could no longer renew.
That's when Twitter began to fill my void. While I don't tweet myself an awful lot, I love to follow those of you who do. The passion, and excitement that you all have for the game reminds me of what I experienced in a small market IHL town. We didn't have the best team, but man were those games fun! Add to that, a number of the players and other folks from the organization are active as well. It makes me feel like I'm a part of something, if only from afar. I even won some tickets last year from one of the early @BlueJacketsNHL twitter trivia contests last year.
Growing up in Michigan, I know what hockey markets feel like and without a doubt, Columbus is a great one! With the fan base that we have, and the changes in the organization in the past 12 months, the future is bright in Columbus. The #CBJSocial is proof that hockey works here, and when the team continues to have success, the haters will have no choice but to finally admit it!
Let's Go Jackets!
Thanks for reading!