And they’re about to make the playoffs for the first time.
The Blue Jackets have been in the NHL since the year 2000 and are the only franchise to never make the playoffs.
Right now, after beating the Nashville Predators 2-1 Tuesday behind another great performance by goaltender Steve Mason, the Jackets at in sixth place in the Western Conference with their eyes on the postseason.
How is this possible? Well there is no one answer, but Mason is a good place to start.
The kid is 20 years old and a rookie. He’s also 31-18-5 this season with a 2.24 goals against and a .918 save percentage.
He is at times leading the Blue Jackets into the playoffs himself and he also may be playing his way past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price for the third goaltender spot on Team Canada’s 2010 Olympic team (behind Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo, of course).
But goaltending isn’t always that exciting. You know what’s exciting? Goals.
So who scores the goals for Columbus? Well, none other than 24-year old captain Rick Nash.
He has 36 goals and 38 assists for 74 points (in case you couldn’t add) and will also be a member of Team Canada come 2010 at left wing.
So there, now you know something about the Blue Jackets. Go out into the world and impress your friends.