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Nick Foligno Draws On Strong Bloodlines As He Looks To Lead The Blue Jackets To NHL Supremacy PHOTO THIS PAGE BY Jamie Sabau; OPPOSITE: Getty Images FEAR Beard 2015-16 T he American Civil War, that bloody chapter in our nation's history that pitted brother against brother, is commemo- rated every time Nick Foligno scores a goal in his team's home rink. The Columbus Blue Jackets are named for the Union soldiers from Ohio who took up arms in an ultimately successful battle to ensure we remained one nation. They fire a deafening Civil War-era rep- lica cannon each time their team scores at Nationwide Arena. Last season, in his career-best campaign on the ice for the Blue Jackets, Foligno caused the cannon to fire 19 times, and notched a dozen more goals on the road for a team widely viewed as one of the up- and-coming franchises in the NHL. And in the Foligno family, the notion of brother battling brother on opposite sides of a much more civil war is a familiar one. Nick, who was born in Buffalo, N.Y., when his father, Mike, was a member of By JESS MYERS THE

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