Winter 2022 magazine

SS PODCAST: Blue Jackets defenseman Nick Blankenburg on following God's perfect plan

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING NICK BLANKENBURG

Nick Blankenburg is a defenseman with the Columbus Blue Jackets. After going undrafted out of the University of Michigan, he signed with Columbus and made his NHL debut on April 13, 2022. Eleven days later, he scored his first NHL goal in a 5-2 victory over Edmonton. He played in a total of seven games last season, with one goal and two assists. In July, he signed a two-year contact to return to Columbus.

Blankenburg excelled in college, leading Michigan to the Frozen Four his senior year, while he was a team captain scoring 14 goals with 15 assists in 38 games. For his career, he played in 133 games, scored 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Nick Blankenburg about his hockey journey, playing in the Frozen Four, signing with Columbus, making his NHL debut, scoring his first goal, and then playing for the United States at the World Hockey Championships. He also discusses his walk with Christ and what it means to play for an audience of One.

 

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