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Blue Jackets fans encouraged to donate hockey gear

Annual equipment sale to be held Sept. 8 at OhioHealth Chiller North

by Blue Jackets staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Hockey players love nothing more than getting new gear, which means there's lots of old gear filling up closets and garages across the Columbus area.  

Throughout the summer, that gear can be recycled in the local hockey community -- and exchanged Blue Jackets tickets as well.

LEARN MORE: Recycle the Game

The Blue Jackets support the league-wide NHL Green initiative with its annual Recycle the Game promotion that continues this summer, with those in the local hockey community encouraged to trade in their gently used gear -- or any new hockey equipment as well -- to support local hockey.  

And for each donation turned in to an OhioHealth Chiller location through the end of August, fans will receive a voucher for two tickets to a Blue Jackets preseason game.   

It's a win-win, as hockey players both young and old -- from the more than 3,000 USA Hockey-registered adult players in central Ohio to the thousands of kids learning the game as well -- looking to boost the equipment collection will have the ability to do so.  

Collected donations are sanitized and then sold at the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation's annual equipment sale taking place on Sept. 8 at Chiller North.  

A year ago, more than 1,100 pieces of equipment were collected and sold, and no item is priced above $25 at the Sept. 8 sale.  

All proceeds are then granted back to the central Ohio youth hockey community. Since 2012, the equipment sale has raised more than $25,000 to benefit youth hockey programs in central Ohio.

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