NHL Unsung Heroes: Blue Jackets’ RJ Umberger


Every team and every game has a hero. In hockey there’s usually more than one hero per team. Some like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and even Steven Stamkos are always at the top of the headlines, appearing in multiple All-Star games and Olympic events. Others go about the business of trying to win games for their team without much fanfare. This week’s “Unsung Hero” is the Columbus Blue Jackets R.J. Umberger.

When you think of Columbus the names you probably recognize are Rick Nash and Vaclav (Vinny) Prospal. However, Umberger’s a great player in his own right, producing 40 points in 77 games last season. Though that may not seem very impressive to many, it should be noted that it was the fourth highest total on a team that’s struggled to win games over the past few years.

If that’s not enough, Umberger also enjoys helping out in the Columbus community. On a recent Thursday he showed up at Blue Jackets Hockey School, interacting with and teaching kids how to play hockey. (Source: Columbus Blue Jackets)

This just goes to show that some players enjoy interacting with fans off-ice just as much as they like putting on a show for their fans on the ice.



If you have an “unsung hero” you’d like to nominate, please feel free to send me a tweet, at @TBLightning491, or contact me via e-mail at lburg2009@aol.com.