Troy man drives to watch Columbus Blue Jackets practice...through a window

Troy Blue Jackets fan watches practice

COLUMBUS — A Troy man made the more than an hour-long trip to Columbus to watch the Blue Jackets practice ahead of their trip to Toronto later this month to play in the Stanley Cup Playoff Qualifier series.

Ryan Lacey wasn’t going to let the coronavirus pandemic stop him from getting his eyes on the NHL team as they practiced Wednesday inside Nationwide Arena’s Ice Haus. Lacey was spotted by our news partners at 10TV peeking through the windows to see the team tune up for the playoffs.

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“It was worth every minute,” Lacey said. “I’ve been a Jackets fan since day one...I would call it a little bit of crazy...a little bit of that and passion.”

The Blue Jackets training camp, which started Monday, has not been open to the public due to coronavirus.

The NHL announced last week that Toronto and Edmonton will serve as the two hub cities for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with special protocols in place to create a bubble-like atmosphere to help prevent COVID-19 cases. The league ended its regular season in March and has been on hiatus since.

The Blue Jackets will be housed in Toronto and will first play in an exhibition game against the Boston Bruins on July 30. They will then begin a best-of-5 series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.