Nov 10, 2020
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre
Columbus Blue Jackets Television Color Analyst / FOX Sports Ohio
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre - Television Color Analyst

The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio announced that former Blue Jackets defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre has joined the club's broadcast team as a studio analyst. He will join Brian Giesenschlag on Blue Jackets Live pre- and post-game shows and intermissions during games televised on the network, replacing Bill Davidge who retired following the 2018-19 season.

Grand-Pierre, who has been a contributor on Blue Jackets radio broadcast during the past three Stanley Cup Playoffs, was a member of the Blue Jackets' inaugural team in 2000-01. He appeared in 202 games with the club, registering four goals and 10 assists for 14 points with 239 penalty minutes between 2000-04. He tallied 7-13-20 and 311 penalty minutes in 269 career NHL games with Columbus, Buffalo, Atlanta and Washington and went on to play professionally in Sweden, Finland and Germany before retiring in 2013.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Grand-Pierre was a seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 1995 NHL Draft. He played for Beauport and Val-d'Or in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before making his professional debut with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans in 1997-98 and appearing in his first NHL game with the Sabres the following season. He was acquired by Columbus in a trade with Buffalo on June 23, 2000. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of a daughter, Darby, and son, Dennyn. The family resides in New Albany.