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Blue Jackets Celebrate Local Hockey History and Recognize Columbus Chill's 20th Anniversary on Friday, March 30

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Columbus Chill’s inaugural season, the Columbus Blue Jackets will recognize the influential history of the former East Coast Hockey League franchise on Friday, March 30 when the Jackets host the Florida Panthers. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m.

Highlights of the evening will include a ceremonial puck drop featuring four members of the Chill’s All-Time Team – Lance Brady, Derek Clancey, Jeff Salajko and Rob Schriner – as well as a video tribute that honors the Chill and also recognizes the city’s earliest minor league teams including the Columbus Checkers (1966-70), Columbus Seals (1971-73) and Columbus Owls (1973-77). In addition, several other Chill alumni will be in attendance and participating in various in-game activities.

The Blue Jackets game kicks off a full weekend of Chill Reunion festivities including a post-game party at the LC Pavilion on March 30; a youth hockey clinic at OhioHealth Chiller Dublin on Saturday, March 31; and a Chill Reunion game at OhioHealth Chiller North also on March 31. Event updates will be available through the Columbus Chill Memories Facebook page ( or on Twitter @ColumbusChill.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when the club hosts the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at

Single game tickets for the Blue Jackets home games starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at, the official club web site, and

The 2013 NHL All-Star Game is coming to Columbus Jan. 26-27, 2013. Fans can guarantee access to seats for both the game and Skills Challenge now by reserving a full or partial season ticket plan for the Blue Jackets’ 2012-13 season. Ticket plans start at less than $15 per game. In addition to guaranteed access to All-Star tickets, full and partial-season ticket holders receive a number of great benefits including significant savings versus single-game prices; the best available seat locations; exclusive access to events with players and coaches; and priority access to tickets for most other events at Nationwide Arena and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit

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