Hard to believe it's hockey season already, but we're certainly thrilled it's here.

Hard to believe itís hockey season already, but weíre certainly thrilled itís here.

You might not have realized it, but the Blue Jacketsí preseason starts Sunday with a split-squad game at 1:30 p.m. at the Carolina Hurricanesí PNC Arena, while the other half plays the St. Louis Blues at home at 6:30 p.m.

On the heels of last yearís electric playoff run, the Blue Jackets are poised for what could be its best season yet. The All-Star game (finally) comes to Columbus, but most importantly the team looks to build on last yearís success. (Shhh Ö donít remind us about the sticky Ryan Johansen contract situation).

Regardless of your optimism/pessimism level, kickoff the season Saturday with an Arena District bar crawl sponsored by Labatt Blue. In addition to an appearance by the Labatt Blue Hockey Bear mascot (!), expect a T-shirt, ticket giveaways and $3 Labatt Blue drafts in signature mugs at five different Arena District bars.