I normally don’t root against the Detroit Red Wings, but a Columbus Blue Jacket’s fan started a Twitter revolution during the Blue Jackets game on Friday against the Wings. In an effort to beat their division rival, Jackets fan Tyler Schweinfurth tweeted he would donate $20 to the player who scored the game winning goal to the “money on the board.” “Money on the board” is a tradition in hockey where players right down a money sum on a whiteboard before a big game. The money is only collected if the team wins and is normally donated to a charity.
The Blue Jackets got in on Schweinfurth tweet and so did 150 other fans (including Red Wings fans). It’s a good thing Columbus won because $10,000 was donated to charities including the Red Cross and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. RJ Umberger scored in a shootout to make it 3-2.
An NHL referee flipped off two Columbus Blue Jackets fans while he officiated a game against the Minnesota Wild.
The Columbus Dispatch reports after referee Paul Devorski missed a penalty call, two fans in the front row heckled the 22-year veteran. That’s when Devorski turned to the fans and made a crying gesture and used his middle finger while pretending to cry.
“Two guys in front of us started giving the refs (grief) after they clearly missed a call,” said Ritter Hoy, who was seated five rows up from the glass in section 109. “Happens at every game, right?
“Well, the No. 10 official put his fingers up and rubbed his eyes and made a crying face, like ‘what are you going to do, cry?’ They started giving him more (grief) and he put his middle finger up to his chin and acted like he was scratching his face. It was very, very blatant. The whole section saw it and went crazy.”
The Blue Jackets lost in a shootout 4-3. The Wild were given seven power plays to the Columbus’ zero. The league is investigating the accusations.
Erin Andrews is in Ohio for the Ohio State Penn State football game. Last night, the cast of ESPN’s College Game Day took sometime to attend the Columbus Blue Jackets Colorado Avalanche game. Andrews got her start covering hockey for the Tampa Bay Lightning and is a former jersey chaser. In the clip above, Andrews admits she did not know much about hockey when she started covering the sport, but she got a crash course when she began dating former Florida Panthers defenseman Ryan Johnson.
The Blue Jackets lost to the Avs 5-1, and Ohio State beat Penn State 38-14.
Last night, the Columbus Blue Jackets hosted the St. Louis Blues at the Nationwide Arena. It is a common pre-game ritual for hockey players to play a quick game of soccer outside the hallway of the locker room to loosen up before the game. But an altercation occurred when the Blues decided to do it less than 100-feet away from the Blue Jackets locker room.
According to Columbus Dispatch writer Tom Reed, it is an unwritten rule of the NHL for teams to come not within 200-feet of their opponent in the locker room hallway. The Blue’s decision to have their soccer game less than 100-feet from the home team broke that rule. Then, St Louis’ close proximity interfered with R.J Umberger’s pre-game sprints in the hallway. Umberger, who is the Jackets’ alternate captain, ran right through the circle where the soccer game was going on.
Umberger’s interruption caused a verbal altercation between the Blues players and Umberger, with Umberger’s teammates stepping in. The incident escalated so much that arena security stepped it.
It is unclear how many players were involved or how it ended, but the Blue Jackets settled the score on the ice winning the game 8-1.
Of course, in the old NHL players wouldn’t be playing soccer, and any altercation was solved with a bench clearing brawl!