Jarmo Kekalainen Releases Statement After Being Fired By Blue Jackets

By Coby Maeir on February 16, 2024 at 3:16 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen speaks after hiring Mike Babcock as the new head coach during a press conference at Nationwide Arena.

Jarmo Kekalainen has released a statement after he was fired by the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

"It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets," his statement read. "I want to thank the McConnell family, John Davidson and Mike Priest for the opportunity, and all the truly wonderful people I have worked with from our players, coaches and scouts to our hockey operations and business staff. The past 11 years have been the best of my life thanks to each of you.

"I also want to thank the 5th Line for your support and passion for Blue Jackets hockey. I wish we could've brought you the Stanley Cup that you deserve, but I am confident that will happen one day.

"Columbus is a very special place and will always remain in the hearts of my family and I. The friendships and memories we've made here will continue, as will our support for the Blue Jackets."

The Blue Jackets are back in action on Saturday in San Jose against the Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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