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Blue Jackets fans are going to protest and demand firings

Jan 25, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

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You knew it had to happen eventually.

With how bad the Blue Jackets have been this season and the lack of forward progress they’ve seen in spite of firing former coach Scott Arniel, some Columbus fans have just about had it. Columbus Dispatch columnist Michael Arace finds out that some Blue Jackets fans are going to protest the team to try and make change happen.

On Saturday, as the NHL stands down for the All-Star break, some Jackets fans are planning to gather in front of Nationwide to demand the ouster of team president Mike Priest and general manager Scott Howson. The summons first went out on the web on Monday night — right after the Jackets staggered through a 4-1 loss at Nashville.

We’ve seen protests in Montreal against the hiring of Randy Cunneyworth but protesting a team for failing to get things right in a city desperate to root for a winner seems like a nobler effort. In Columbus where the team has made the playoffs once in team history and the team is perpetually losing money, wanting to see the people in charge ousted makes a world of sense.

The other side of this, however, is whether or not the fans can help make the message crystal clear that they demand better.

  1. drewsylvania - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Just how many Jackets fans are there?

    • miketoasty - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Last report was that all 32 fans are currently protesting.

      • cakeeaterbanks - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        “I, for one, think it’s great that minor league hockey fans are protesting their team’s poor performance. This proves Columbus should be getting an NHL team in no time!…”

        …(person whispers in his ear)…

        “Really?!… Oh… Wow… Yeah, that’s bad…”

  2. djwhite2710 - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Carry the….protest signs?

  3. ruddigervancity - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    In a market like Columbus, where, if your current ticketholders go away there are no new ones to take their place, the ticketholders are the real shareholders of the team. Of course ownership makes the ultimate call, but the real threat of a reduction in already low gate revenue has to be worrysome for the owners. Good on these fans.

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