Columbus Blue Jackets Logo – Columbus Blue Jackets is a team of professional ice hockey U.S. located in the city of Columbus (Ohio). It was founded in 2000 and plays in the National Hockey League, framed in the Central Division. The history of a team of Ohio in the NHL back to the Cleveland Barons, a team that remained in the city only two seasons before merging with the Minnesota North Stars. The possibility that the state return to host a hockey franchise emerged in 1997, when the citizens of Columbus considered conduct a referendum to build a multipurpose hall with public money, which could accommodate an expansion franchise. Although the construction was rejected via query, John H. McConnell assured the NHL that the stadium would be built. Finally, the company Nationwide announced that the sand financiería worth $ 150 million, and June 25th of 1997 the NHL announced that Columbus would house a new franchise.
The new equipment is not launched until 2000, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild took part in the expansion draft for the 2000-01 season. As a first draft choice of the Blue Jackets selected goalkeeper Rick Tabaracci. The Blue Jackets played their first NHL game on October 7 of 2000, with a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. That season the team finished last in division and failed to qualify for the playoffs, and the following season 2001-02 the club achieved a record that earned them worst finish in last place in the league, with only 57 points. For three seasons the team finished last in their division.
For the 2006-07 season had to face several changes to the team, affecting both its structure and its coaching staff. At the end of the season the CEO since the inception of the franchise, Doug MacLean was fired with the intention of improving the team, and soon after were transferred Foote and Fedorov. The team continued without qualifying for playoffs and currently is the only existing franchise in the NHL that has not gone to the championship finals at least once in their history.