The Johnny Gaudreau Signing Has Already Made a Tangible Impact off the Ice

By Coby Maeir on September 21, 2022 at 1:45 pm
Johnny Gaudreau at the Columbus Crew match
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While the Blue Jackets hope Johnny Gaudreau makes a major impact on the ice, his signing means much more to the franchise.

At Monday's pre-training camp media availability, Blue Jackets Vice President of Communications Todd Sharrock shared some tangible effects of the Gaudreau signing after John Davidson answered a question about what it has meant to the franchise. 

"We anticipate season tickets to be well over 11,000," Sharrock said. "Which will get us back to the pre-pandemic numbers for the first time."

Sharrock also added that the team sold more season tickets this summer than in any summer over the past 10 years. 

Davidson said it feels good that a player of Gaudreau's caliber picked to play in Columbus. 

"It's a nice feeling to have a player like him," Davidson said. "[He] wants to be here. It's a perfect fit for him with his family. His wife's got some family in Michigan. He has, of course, family on the east coast, and he's excited. We ended up moving Bjorkstrand, and Gaudreau bought his house."

Gaudreau's impact will be felt most importantly on the ice, but as my colleague Ed Francis (@bluejacketstats on Twitter) wrote earlier this summer, his the effects of his arrival extend far beyond the ice at Nationwide Arena. Here's an excerpt from his piece that can be read in full here.   

That brings us to the final theory, and it's a fool-proof one: Columbus was at the top of the list for his family. Full stop. Bar none. If he owed any explanation — and he didn't — it would start and end with that. 

No matter what the reason is, the bottom line is this: Gaudreau chose the Blue Jackets, and you know what? He's going to like Columbus. And sooner rather than later, he's going to win in Columbus, too.  


Gaudreau hasn't played a second for the Jackets yet, but clearly, he's already made an impact. With training camp beginning on Thursday, there's a palpable buzz around this franchise.