“I’m proud, of course. But it’s up to my ability, not my nationality, to get the job done. It’s not about the front page of your passport; it’s about your ability to do the job. I’m absolutely thrilled, I’m honored. It’s a big challenge, but I’m an awfully confident guy and we’ve got good people working in this organization to build a winner.”
– Jarmo Kekalainen, Columbus' new GM and the first European to hold that position for an NHL team.