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Jackets sign Matiss Kivlenieks to three-year entry level contract

Sioux City netminder captured 2016-17 USHL Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year awards

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Kivlenieks, 20, went 36-7-4-2 with a 1.85 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and five shutouts in 49 games to help the Sioux City Musketeers capture the 2016-17 Anderson Cup as the league's regular season champions. He was named the USHL's Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year and to the First All-Star Team after leading the league in wins, GAA, SV%, shutouts (tied) and finishing second in minutes played (2,991). His GAA was the second lowest mark for a season in USHL Tier 1 history, trailing the 1.82 GAA posted by the Green Bay Gamblers' Adam Huska in 2015-16, and his SV% was the second highest in USHL Tier 1 history behind .935 SV% posted by the Lincoln Stars' David Reekie in 2007-08.

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Tortorella Leadership Series: Part IV

Examining the development of the Blue Jackets leadership group

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

This is the fourth part of a series of articles exploring the concepts of leadership with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. We talked about what leadership is, how you develop it in players and coaches, and the progression of the Jackets' leaders themselves. You can read Part III HERE.

Are leaders born or can someone become one over time?

Through his many years of coaching, John Tortorella has come to the conclusion that when it comes to those who become leaders on a hockey team, it's a little bit of both.

"I've seen players that didn't have a clue about leadership grow," Tortorella said. "They start playing in the league, get a little bit of a stature and then they decide 'I'm going to take another step. I'm going to add more than just my points and my stature in the room. I'm going to try to help the young guys and I'm going to try to help the coach as a conduit,'…that's being a guy that's going to take the extra step to help people get better."

While this year's roster included countless examples of players who led in different ways, three Blue Jackets players are designated as the official leaders of the team.

Captain Nick Foligno and alternate captains Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky wear the symbols of leadership on their jerseys each game, and each of these players brings their own unique style of leadership to the Jackets' room.

 

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ESPN's Buccigross donates $13,000 to Foligno charities

John Buccigross fulfills pledge to donate $500 for every Foligno goal this season

by Allie Dosmann / BlueJackets.com

Yesterday was a big day for Nick Foligno and his charities. ESPN personality John Buccigross pledged $500 to Foligno charities for every goal he scored during the 2016-17 season, and yesterday, he fulfilled his promise. With Foligno's 26 goals on the year, second on the Blue Jackets, Buccigross donated $13,000. He split the money between the Foligno Family Cardiovascular Research Lab and the Janis Foligno Foundation.

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CBJ sign center Kevin Stenlund to three-year entry level contract

Club's 2015 second round pick helped HV71 capture SHL championship in 2016-17

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Kevin Stenlund to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Stenlund, 20, posted 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points with 16 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 48 regular season games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League this past season. He set career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus and games played and finished fifth on the team in goals. He added 4-6-10, six penalty minutes and was +10 in 16 playoff contests to help the club capture the SHL Championship.

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William Karlsson wins IIHF World Championship Gold with Sweden

Blue Jackets center played 17:03 in gold medal game

by Andrew Schwepfinger / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets organization added another trophy to the cabinet this postseason. William Karlsson helped Sweden to its first IIHF World Championship since 2013 on Sunday, playing 17:03 in the gold medal game.

 

Guldgaranti ihop! #Gold #VM #JVM

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#CBJ Social Roundup: May 22

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Nick Foligno has his baby and gets another great gift. This week's #CBJ roundup:

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Boone Jenner hosts second-annual hockey camp in hometown

by Allie Dosmann / BlueJackets.com

Just because it's the offseason doesn't mean Boone Jenner is slowing down. This week, he's on the ice for a couple hours a day with 68 new teammates.

Back in his hometown of Dorchester, Ontario, Jenner is hosting the second annual Boone Jenner Hockey Camp. The camp is for 10 and 11-year old male and female hockey players in the area and is completely free.

For Jenner, the camp is a way to say thanks to the community and its residents.

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Tortorella Leadership Series: Part III

Examining the role of conflict with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

This is the third part of a series of articles exploring the concepts of leadership with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. We talked about what leadership is, how you develop it in players and coaches, and the progression of the Jackets' leaders themselves. You can read Part II HERE

It's a natural reaction to bristle at the thought of conflict. In sports in particular, reports of disagreement within a team can spin off questions about "what's wrong?" or "can both sides still work together?"

But for head coach John Tortorella, conflict is an essential tool of building a team that, instead of breaking in the face of adversity, can weather the ups and downs of their jobs in the world of hockey.

"This is the most interesting thing for me in coaching," Tortorella said. "It's when you get into the one-on-one situations, and there's honesty. Usually when there's honesty, there's conflict. I'm anxious to see how (players) react."

Tortorella's approach lines up with one touted by noted leadership author, Patrick Lencioni. Lencioni's popular 2002 book, "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" outlined the major obstacles a team faces on the path to becoming effective in reaching their goals.

READ: PART II, JOHN TORTORELLA'S LEADERSHIP SERIES

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CBJ partner Land-Grant celebrates Craft Beer Week

Land Grant has been involved with the week since opening its doors in Franklinton three years ago

by Allie Dosmann / BlueJackets.com

Tap takeovers, special release celebrations, ice cream pairings and more. It's Craft Beer Week in Columbus, which means local businesses are embracing craft beer made here through an array of over 200 festivities.

There are over 35 craft breweries in Columbus, making it one of the largest craft brew cities in the Midwest. The majority of these local breweries are participating in this week's events.

Land-Grant has been involved with the week since opening its doors in Franklinton three years ago.

"It's an opportunity for ourselves and other brewers in town to do some special stuff, some fun stuff to get people excited about beer," Walt Keys, co-founder of Land-Grant, said.

Land-Grant is always looking for new ways to get people interested in beer while embracing what the city of Columbus has to offer. When exploring for ways to expand their reach, unwavering support for the professional hockey team quickly stood out as something engrained in the city's makeup. This made a partnership with the Blue Jackets a "no-brainer."

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#CBJ Social Roundup: May 15

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets celebrate Mother's Day, a #CBJ prospect brings home the WHL championship and more in this week's roundup:

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