Hockey Town: More Than 5,000 Fans Packed Nationwide Arena for a Monday Morning Practice

By 1OB Staff on April 22, 2019 at 1:39 pm
More than 5,000 fans packed Nationwide Arena for Blue Jackets practice and a scrimmage.

Jerod Smalley – NBC 4

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"Does anybody work?"

John Tortorella made the light-hearted quip after the Blue Jackets' Monday morning practice and scrimmage at Nationwide Arena, which was anything but a normal skate. 

Blue Jackets management and the coaching staff wanted to get their players back into a competitive mindset, so they invited the public in to watch practice and a full-team scrimmage. It's a Monday morning, right? Couldn't be that many folks willing to ditch work and show up...uh huh. 

Folks, Columbus is quickly rising in the hockey town rankings.

5,200 people – for a practice!

On a Monday!

Way to go, Columbus. Blue Jackets fever is alive and well in central Ohio and the second round schedule hasn't even been released. We'll know the opponent Tuesday night after the Maple Leafs and Bruins play Game 7 at TD Garden, and we suspect the second round will begin later this week, either Thursday or Friday.

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