Not many people receive a standing ovation when walking into a Buffalo Wild Wings. But that is exactly what happened to Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen when he showed up to the fourth annual Cannonfest yesterday.
I want to tell the fans we appreciate their support and everyone on the team is excited about the fan base and their enthusiasm, said Kekalainen. I think its important to come here, show your face and tell fans face to face that you appreciate them.
Greg May, owner of the Buffalo Wild Wings Grandview, Hilliard and Bethel Road locations, as well as a Cannonfest co-creator himself, estimated a crowd of more than 250 Blue Jackets fans at the Bethel Road BWs to welcome Kekalainen.
The crowd definitely had an impact.
I was impressed, said Kekalainen. I didnt expect quite that big of a crowd in the summer on a Sunday. It was overwhelmingly full of people and such an enthusiastic crowd. It says a lot about the fan base.
Cannonfest is a grass roots community ...