F.A.N.S. Announces Over 1,000 Signatures on Petition to Remove Priest/Howson
For A New Start (F.A.N.S.), the group behind the January 28 Fan Protest in front of Nationwide Arena, have sent a letter to Columbus Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell along with copies of petitions signed by 1,002 fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets demanding that Mike Priest and Scott Howson be immediately terminated as President and General Manger, respectively, of the team.
Columbus, Ohio April 9, 2012 -- The organizers of For A New Start (or “F.A.N.S.”), have provided copies of the petitions signed by 1,002 fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets demanding the immediate termination of Mike Priest and Scott Howson as President and General Manager, respectively, of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey franchise in an open letter to the team’s majority owner, John P. McConnell. The open letter raises concerns about the current management team’s ability to make a number of important decisions facing the team this off-season.
The Blue Jackets face numerous issues this off-season including what to do with the team’s star forward and Captain, Rick Nash, who requested a trade in late January, around the time fans were amassing outside of Nationwide Arena to express their disapproval of Mr. Priest and Mr. Howson. The team also has to make a determination regarding its coaching vacancy after having 4 coaches in the last 3 seasons and finishing last in the Central Division in each of those seasons.
F.A.N.S. has promised that if the President and General Manager are retained, it will continue to monitor the situation and “respond accordingly.” In addition to the fan protest, the organization has put together two sign nights recently with over 300 signs supplied to fans to take into Nationwide Arena.
[F.A.N.S. attached a copy of their letter to McConnell as well as a scan of the signed petitions.]