COLUMBUS, OHIO – Fans will get a preview of the upcoming season of Columbus Blue Jackets hockey when "Blue Jackets Live: Season Preview" debuts on FOX Sports Ohio on Wednesday, September 23, at 10 p.m., the National Hockey League club and network announced September 22.
Hosted by "Blue Jackets Live" pre-game show co-host Jeff Hogan, the show will include interviews with head coach Ken Hitchcock, who discusses his expectations about the upcoming season; team captain and four-time All-Star Rick Nash on the contract extension he signed with the club this summer and his transition from first overall pick to team leader and league superstar; and goaltender Steve Mason, who talks about his memorable Calder Trophy-winning rookie season and his role as one of the team's more prominent players.
In addition, play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer sits down with club general manager Scott Howson to talk about how this year’s team was built and his expectations for the 2009-10 campaign. Color analyst Bill Davidge offers his thoughts on the Western Conference, examining each team’s strengths and weaknesses and making his predictions on who will be playing when the Stanley Cup Playoffs commence next April.
The show will also introduce the newest members of FOX Sports Ohio's Blue Jackets broadcast team, John Michael and Ray Crawford. The following is a list of current broadcast dates and times for "Blue Jackets Live: Season Preview":
- Thursday, September 24 - 10 p.m.
- Monday, September 28 - 8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 29 - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday September 30 - 10 p.m.
- Friday, October 2 - 10 p.m.
The Blue Jackets open the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday, October 3, against the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin 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 and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101 as well as online at www.BlueJackets.com.
Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.