Jack Nicklaus drops puck before Blue Jackets opener

Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Nicklaus, The Golden Bear, showed up to drop the puck before the Columbus Blue Jackets season opener on Friday night.

It's been quite a while since there was any excitement surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets, but after their second-half run last season (which was made possible almost entirely by Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky),  there seems to be at least a little bit of hope for hockey fans in central Ohio.

They opened their season Friday against the Calgary Flames and had a special guest show up to drop the puck for the ceremonial face-off: legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.

The Blue Jackets gave him a personalized jersey with the No. 18 on the back to represent the number of majors he won during his career.


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