Blue Jackets, FOX Sports Ohio Announce 2009-10 TV Schedule
Blue Jackets Staff
/ Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio announced August 13 that the network will once again carry 75 live regular season Blue Jackets games during the upcoming 2009-10 National Hockey League season. FOX Sports Ohio's Emmy-award-winning coverage of the Blue Jackets begins on Saturday, October 3 when the club opens its ninth NHL season with a 7 p.m. matchup against the Minnesota Wild.
FOX Sports Ohio is currently finalizing the schedule of games in high definition, which will be released in the future.
The network will air 38 home games and 37 away contests during the 2009-10 Blue Jackets regular season. The schedule continues to emphasize division rivalries but also features contests against non-divisional Western Conference opponents and Eastern Conference clubs. Highlights include the October 3 opener versus the Wild, the October 30 clash with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and a November 11 game against the Detroit Red Wings in the first meeting between the two clubs since the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
As previously announced, The FOX Sports Ohio/Blue Jackets broadcast team features play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer alongside color analyst Bill Davidge. Joining the Blue Jackets broadcast this season will be John Michael, former play-by-play voice and host for the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters, as the broadcast's in-game reporter.
FOX Sports Ohio also recently announced the addition of the Jackets' first ever road pre-game and post-game shows anchored from the FOX Sports Ohio studio and hosted by Ray Crawford. This new host of the road shows will be joined from site by Michael and the game talent.
The complete 2009-10 Blue Jackets regular season telecast schedule follows: