This afternoon, F.A.N.S. sent an open letter to John P. McConnell demanding a change in the management of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The text of the letter is below.
John P. McConnell
John P. McConnell
Columbus Blue Jackets
200 West Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Re: Demand on Behalf of Columbus Blue Jackets Fans
Dear Mr. McConnell:
As perhaps you are aware, our organization, For A New Start (F.A.N.S.), was founded as a voice for the fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Our mission statement includes a commitment to honor the community and fans of Central Ohio from all of those involved in the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey franchise. Based on the recent events surrounding the team and the franchise, we believe that the voice of those fans needs to be heard loud and clear.
It is with heavy heart that on behalf of those fans, we hereby demand the immediate termination of Mike Priest and Scott Howson from their posts as President and General Manager, respectively, of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey franchise.
This is not a demand that we have arrived at lightly; nor is it a demand based on limited facts or some mere misunderstanding. Under their guidance, our NHL team has gone from a promising franchise with a devoted fan base to a perennial failure whose fans are quickly transitioning from anger to apathy. At this moment, this franchise needs experienced hockey men at its highest positions of management who are capable of rebuilding this mess. It is our fear that failure to act at this important juncture could negatively impact the franchise’s long-term viability. As Blue Jackets hockey fans, we cannot accept that possibility.
Mr. McConnell, ultimately the decision lies with you. We have every reason to believe that you are an intelligent and reasonable man. We are certain that in making this decision you will take the opportunity to consult with Craig Patrick and other men with experience in the management of hockey franchises to get their input. We hope that, upon reflection, you will determine what we have already determined—that the best way forward is a completely fresh start from top to bottom.
In the meantime, to further evidence that we are not alone, we will be seeking signatures on a petition from fans like us that we will present to you at the conclusion of the season demanding the removal of Mr. Priest and Mr. Howson.
Please note we will be forwarding copies of this letter on to various members of the press.
Very truly yours,
For A New Start