CBJ Newest Fan, welcomed by Huntington
Stinger pays visit to the newest Blue Jackets Fan
The Blue Jackets opened the 2018-19 season Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings and to celebrate the start of the season, the team sent Stinger to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital to visit one of their littlest fans as part of the “CBJ Newest Fan, welcomed by Huntington” program.
McKenley Kay McClelland was born the same day as the opener – October 4, 2018 at 1:00 a.m. – weighing six pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 19 inches long according to her father.
“Perfectly healthy, perfect baby all around. She came into the world with a really loud yell,” Mr. McClelland said.
When asked if that yell was a cheer for the Blue Jackets he said she is already a big time Blue Jackets fan and joked they might change her middle name to “Bobrovsky” in honor of the CBJ goaltender.
Stinger had a special gift basket full of goodies from Huntington and the Blue Jackets for McKenley and her family that included stuffed animals, a onesie and tickets for the new family of four to attend a game this season.
Stinger was a hit throughout the hospital, visiting infants in the nursery, giving high fives to the nurses and stopping to pose for photos in the surgery waiting area.
Having a baby at an OhioHealth hospital this hockey season? Keep an eye out for Stinger. You never know where and when he’ll be making a visit next!
About OhioHealth and the Blue Jackets
OhioHealth has been affiliated with the Blue Jackets since the club’s inaugural 2000-01 season. The Blue Jackets-OhioHealth partnership includes a host of in-arena, digital, broadcast and traditional assets, as well as the presenting sponsorship of the team’s training camp, the 5th Line 5K race and name entitlement to the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks, which encompass the Blue Jackets’ official practice facility, the OhioHealth Ice Haus.