Friday, April 25, 2008

Blue Jackets owner dies

John H. McConnell, son of a steelworker, father to a new branch of the steel industry and majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team, died today after a long illness.
Condolences to the McConnells.

If you haven't seen it before, take the time to read John McConnell's story, as it's a great one. I'm sure he'll be missed in central Ohio.
  • The Dispatch also had a good Q&A with him in preseason
UPDATE National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today made the following statement on the passing of Columbus Blue Jackets owner John H. McConnell:

"There is an NHL team, and a terrific arena, in Columbus because of John McConnell. He loved the city, the Blue Jackets and the fans. He will always be remembered for his generosity and civic-mindedness. John was greatly respected and made a lasting contribution to the NHL. The entire NHL grieves his passing. Our condolences to John's family and to the Blue Jackets' organization."



At 6:38 p.m., April 25, 2008, Blogger Bethany said...

That is so sad. All the best to his family. What an amazing man.

At 9:21 p.m., April 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame a decent man like Mr. McConnell was ultimately deceived by a snake like MacLean.

At 5:15 p.m., April 27, 2008, Blogger Q said...


Thanks for posting Mr. Mac's obit. If the Blue Jackets enter the playoffs next season, it will be a fitting tribute to his memory.


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