|Former Blue Jacket Jason Chimera is back in town|
tonight with the Washington Capitals
Most Columbus Blue Jackets fans know the story of Ryan Salmons, a local teen who valiantly fought cancer until his passing at age 19 in 2009 (retrospective video). They know that Scott Howson signed Salmons to a genuine NHL contract for a day in an impressive show of support for the young man.
What fans might not know is that the friendships developed between the Salmons family, Malhotra and Chimera last to this day. Both players regularly check in with the family and, to quote Ryan's father Brad, "They have become family!" Same goes for Howson, who makes a point of including Brad at Blue Jackets Foundation events like Black Tie Blue Jackets and the annual Foundation golf outing.