Jack Nicklaus drops the puck at Columbus Blue Jackets game

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Jack Nicklaus dropped the puck between Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets (l) and Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames before the start of the Blue Jacket's opening game of the 2013-14 NHL season.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, October 04, 2013 | 11:10 p.m.

At the Presidents Cup Friday night, the players gulped down their dinner and went to bed early. The tournament staff puzzled over how best to handle the remainder of the event after not one but both of the first two days were interrupted by rain. And unofficial host Jack Nicklaus went to a hockey game.

Specifically, the Golden Bear – well known as quite the sportsman – dropped the ceremonial first puck at the Columbus Blue Jackets' opening game of the new season against the Calgary Flames. Dublin, Ohio, where Muirfield Village is located, is just outside Columbus.

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Alas, the Blue Jackets couldn't perform like Nicklaus in pursuit of a green jacket, as they fell to the Flames, 4-3. That result, no doubt, was more popular with International team member Graham DeLaet, who's a huge Flames fan.

The best part of the night, though, had to be the jersey that that Jackets bestowed upon Nicklaus. Instead of the usual tradition of giving a celebrity a jersey with 00 or the year on it, the Golden Bear's jersey boasts the number 18. So even with the Jackets' loss, that made the evening a major success.