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Blue Jackets fans hold protest, rip GM and President

Jan 30, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

Columbus Protest

Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch spent his Saturday covering something unique — a 250-person protest slamming Blue Jackets management for its dismal on-ice product.

The protest was emceed by an anonymous figure called CapnCornelius (it’s his hockey message board handle — he won’t reveal his actual name) and featured six speakers, all relaying the same message to irate BJs fans and the hockey world:

We love the team. We hate the management group.

The two primary targets for the day were President Mike Priest and GM Scott Howson. The pair are seen as the primary culprits for Columbus’ woes, something BJs fan Robert Allen explained.

“The current management team has already tried this several times over the years and the results are the same — losing,” Allen said. “Perhaps the ones doing the tweaking are doing it wrong. … I don’t think the same people tweaking in the past should be the same ones tweaking in the future.”

While Priest and Howson received a lion’s share of the criticism, owner John P. McConnell caught some heat as well. Many felt his refusal to connect losing with the front office has hurt the team — McConnell recently told The Dispatch that Priest “doesn’t have anything to do with” the team’s on-ice performance.

It has to be said the protest’s tone was occasionally positive. The emcee stated “We are here today, not of anger, but of love for this team,” at the onset…but given how bad the Blue Jackets have been, there was a fair share of negativity.

Case in point? On Saturday, Columbus received word that it would be hosting the 2013 NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena.

In response, one speaker asked if the Blue Jackets would even have a player on the team.

PHT Related:

Columbus owner knows of “no reason” why Howson won’t be GM next year

Really? The Jackets are planning to keep Howson?

(Photo courtesy Columbus Post-Dispatch)

  1. hibackhand - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    People are protesting their hockey team??? First world problems, eh… /rends garments /gnashes teeth

  2. cannonblast14 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    It looKs like you tried really hard to fit in “bj’s” in this article. Thought that joke was dead like 5 years ago.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Wow, on a stack of bibles I swear that was unintentional.

      • nhmac - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        BJ jokes never get old.

      • cannonblast14 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        True, true.

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Be a man and put your out instead of a message board handle. Grow a pair.

    • Jason Brough - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Maybe it’s Rick Nash.

  4. chiadam - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    The owner of a team as far in the red as Columbus is not going to launch his GM and President just because 250 idiots with nothing else better to do stood in a parking lot with a microphone. I’d like to know when people will mill around the NHL headquarters parking lot with a microphone. Fans in viable markets have to watch a diluted product because there are teams in places like North Carolina, Florida (times two), Columbus, Arizona, Nashville, and (until this season) Atlanta.

  5. solador78 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Can’t tell from the photo if Robert Allen is accusing management of being on crystal meth or if he’s the tweaker.

  6. t16rich - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Hahaha. One guy wore a Sillinger jersey. Thats one of the funniest things I have read on here.

  7. hockinj25 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    So basically all of their fans were there

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