RJ Umberger, one of the more impactful players in Columbus Blue Jackets history, is getting some recognition in the state of Ohio - but not regarding his professional days.
On Thursday afternoon it was announced that Umberger is an official member of Ohio State's Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2019. He would join Canadian Olympian Natalie Spooner as the other hockey alumni to be named to the hall of fame class.
Umberger, who played six seasons in Columbus and 11 total in the NHL, had a three-year career at Ohio State. In those three seasons, he tallied 129 points in 112 games, and during his third and final season, was one of the top scorers in the nation.
In his time with the Blue Jackets, Umberger was a part of the first-ever team trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2009. In his final season with the club, Umberger helped lead the team to an exciting playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins that began the era of Blue Jackets' success that we are enjoying today.
Umberger recorded 250 points in 445 games for the Blue Jackets. He is currently ranked ninth all-time in games played, fourth in goals (120), eighth in assists (130) and fifth in points. After his 2015-2016 season with the Philadelphia Flyers, Umberger retired - having played for just the Blue Jackets and Flyers in his career.
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