The Blue Jackets have played their home games at the Nationwide Arena since their inaugural season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are an American professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio. They play in the Central Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team joined the NHL in 2000 as an expansion team. The Blue Jackets have played their home games at the Nationwide Arena since their inaugural season. The Blue Jackets have never been to the NHL playoffs since their inaugural season. The franchise is owned by John P. McConnell, Scott Howson is their general manager, and Rick Nash is the team captain.

There have been five head coaches for the Blue Jackets franchise. The team's first head coach was Dave King, who coached for three seasons. Ken Hitchcock is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (226), the most regular-season game wins (103), the most regular-season points (249), and the franchise's all-time leader for the highest regular-season winning percentage (.490). Gerard Gallant and Gary Agnew have spent their entire NHL head coaching careers with the Blue Jackets. Hitchcock has been the head coach of the Blue Jackets since 2006.

Key[edit | edit source]

# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins = 2 points
L Losses = 0 points
T Ties = 1 point
OT Overtime/shootout losses = 1 point[b]
PTS Points
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Blue Jackets

Coaches[edit | edit source]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2008–09 season.

# Name Term[c] Regular season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T/OT PTS Win% GC W L Win%
1 Dave King 20002003 204 64 106 34 162 .397 align=center
2 Doug MacLean 20032004 79 24 43 12 60 .380
3 Gerard Gallant* 20042006 142 56 76 10 122 .430
4 Gary Agnew* 2006 5 0 4 1 1 .100
5 Ken Hitchcock 2006–present 226 103 96 27 249 .551 4 0 4 .000 align=center

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • a  A running total of the number of coaches of the Blue Jackets. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b  Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.
  • c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.

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