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Blue Jackets Name J.D. Kershaw Vice chairman Of Operations & Development

The Columbus Blue Jackets have appointed J.D. Kershaw to the newly created position of vice-president of functions & development for the National Hockey League club, President Michael Priest announced today. Kershaw will focus on all team and league operational matters and special projects, while working closely with Columbus Arena Management and the Nationwide Arena staff on all i sues pertaining to the Blue Jackets.”As we look to strengthen our organization and position ourselves for growth moving forward, it became apparent that a position like this was needed and J.D. was the obvious choice to fill this role as he has a comprehensive knowledge of our busine s and has worked closely with the NHL and with our arena staff for many years on a variety of special events and projects,” said Priest. Kershaw, who in his new role will report directly to the club’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Cameron Scholvin, has spent the past 18-plus years with the Blue Jackets. He joined the club prior to the inaugural 2000-01 season as director of fan development, was promoted to director of marketing and fan development in 2006 and has spent the past seven years as vice-president of marketing.A graduate of Hamilton College, Kershaw has played an integral role in the club’s succe sful hosting of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, working closely with the NHL, Nationwide Arena and civic leaders on a variety of initiatives including All-Star Winter Park. He also helped coordinate the club’s hosting of the Riley Nash Jersey 2007 NHL Draft, 2002 Willie O’Ree All-Star Weekend and Team USA training camps prior to the 2004 and 2016 World Cup of Hockey tournaments. Prior to his tenure in Columbus, he worked at the National Hockey League’s European office from 1998-2000 and spent three years as marketing manager with the San Jose Sharks.