In the 2004 off-season, the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) and NHL administration failed to renew their collective bargaining agreement.
Both the Blue Jackets and Wild had to use their first 24 selections on three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and thirteen forwards.
Their final two picks could be players of any position.
Out of 14,000 submitted entries, the franchise with help from the NHL narrowed the 14,000 entries down to 10 names.
Then with the information received from owner Mc Connell regarding Columbus' history, the League and the franchise narrowed the list of potential names down to two – Blue Jackets and Justice.
The Blue Jackets play their home games at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which opened in 2000.