COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Tomas Popperle to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. The club also announced that goaltender Fredrik Norrena is day-to-day due to a groin injury he suffered in last night’s 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Popperle, 22, has gone 13-13-3 with a 2.96 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and three shutouts in 29 games with Syracuse this season, which is his first playing in North America. Columbus fifth pick, 131st overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft spent last season playing in Germany, where he posted a 2.18 goals-against average in 33 regular season games and a 2.11 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 11 playoff games with Eisbaren Berlin.
The Broumov, Czech Republic native split the 2004-05 season between the Czech Elite and the Czech-1 League. In the Elite League, he appeared in 25 games with Sparta Praha and posted a 15-9-1 record, 1.58 goals against average, and .949 save percentage. He led the league in goals against average and save percentage and ranked sixth in shutouts (four).
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks. Game time is 10 p.m. ET with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the Ice Breaker pre-game show at 9:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Blueline at The Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and on-line at www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.