October 25, 2011

Score the Assist to Number 3, Ryan Salmons

       Eric and Ryan, Wizmas 10/25/11
Like many Blue Jackets fans, I left Nationwiz on Tuesday night with an ear to ear grin. As I shuffled out of the nearest men's room and jostled for position toward the exit, I happened to bump into a friend of mine. He was wearing a Ryan Salmons jersey and for good reason. Eric was one of Ryan Salmons best friends. And then it occurred to me. Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Ryan Salmons. Duh . . . . . winning!

Much will be written about #Wizmas, the first NHL goals scored by Ryan Johansen and Johnnie Moore, and the gutsy performance turned in by the beleaguered Steve Mason. All of those contributed to one of the biggest and most desperately needed wins in CBJ history.

But I attended the game with my wife, who is a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator at Ohio Health. The night belonged to her, all of her awesome colleagues and the cancer survivors to whom the game was dedicated. And to Ryan Salmons, one of the greatest Columbus Blue Jackets fans to ever carry the flag, who died of pediatric cancer at the age of nineteen.

The Blue Jackets needed a win on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. And they got one, with the help of an angel. Score the assist to number 3, Ryan Salmons.


  1. Beautiful observation, Greg. Nicely said.

  2. Greg what a wonderful way to honor Ryan & his love of the Jackets!

  3. Great great post, Greg. Kudos!