When the Blue Jackets were getting ready for their annual Halloween party a couple years ago, captain Nick Foligno said there was one question brewing among the boys.
“What are the Savards going to do this year?”
David Savard and his wife, Valerie, would go all out at every holiday party, from Christmas to Halloween. One year, they dressed up like Legos, disguised so well behind the painted boxes that nobody knew who they were for 20 minutes. Pierre-Luc Dubois said most rookies would just grab a mask last minute, but Savard inspired him one year to collaborate as the Justin Timberlake and Adam Samberg “Dick in the Box” characters from “Saturday Night Live” skit.
“(The Savards) were always the kings of Halloween,” Dubois joked.
But Savard saved his best for the team party in 2019. It was at Rehab Tavern, a dive bar in Columbus with brick on the outside and plenty of character inside. You can play pool, pinball, order everything from Bud Light to Bell’s craft beer to Bulleit. The wall on the outside patio has a painted sign:
“Whiskey Made Me Do It.”
That night, Savard — a 6-foot-2, 230-pound French Canadian — walked in wearing a Scottish kilt, fake beard, a fat suit, pink beret and yellow cardigan.