Getting to Know Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jared Boll
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was originally drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL before deciding to play in the USHL for the Lincoln Stars where he eventually earned the title of team captain. After his second season with the Stars, he was offered a deal to play with the University of Minnesota – Duluth, but again decided to take another path and play in the OHL for the Plymouth Whalers who acquired his rights in exchange for a 6th round OHL Priority Selection in 2006.
In the meantime, Boll was drafted in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Blue Jackets, but would play with the Whalers for two seasons before making his debut with Columbus.
In his first season playing for the Whalers (2006-2007), he was named the alternate captain, named Whalers’ Labatt Blue Collar Player of the Year and was awarded the Alice Iafrate Award as the team’s Overage Player of the Year as well as helped to lead Plymouth to become the OHL Champions. He also became a fan favorite.
Boll debuted for the Blue Jackets in the 2007-2008 season scoring his first NHL goal on Oct. 10, 2007 against the Phoenix Coyotes on a breakaway. He played in his 100th career NHL game on Dec. 17, 2009. At the end of the 2009-10 season, it was announced that Boll had been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
Other accomplishments in the 2009-10 season include hitting the 30-goal mark for the third-straight season and fifth time in his seven NHL seasons, hitting the 30 assist mark for the fourth-straight season and the 60-point mark for the third-straight season and leading the club in goals (tied for 12th in the NHL) and shots (251), but he is mainly known for his role as the Blue Jackets enforcer.