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Blue Jackets Open Training Camp Friday

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets begin preparations for their seventh National Hockey League season with the opening of training camp on Friday, September 14 at The Dispatch Ice Haus. All practices held at The Dispatch Ice Haus will be open to the public. There are 58 players expected to participate in this year’s training camp.

Players will report for physicals at McConnell Spine & Sports Center and undergo fitness testing at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. There will be photo opportunities during the fitness testing and players will be available to the media at the conclusion of their workouts in the Blue Jackets dressing room between 10-11:30 a.m.

The club will then host a Media Day luncheon with Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. Lunch will be served in the Founders Club, located on the Suite Level of Nationwide Arena, beginning at 12 p.m. followed by a question & answer session with Howson and Hitchcock.

The first eight days of camp will consist of all players being divided into two groups – Team Blue and Team White – with each day featuring on-ice practices, off-ice workouts and video sessions. Following the first eight days, the players are scheduled to practice as one squad during the remainder of camp.

Click here for the 2007 Training Camp Schedule.

Note: All Dispatch Ice Haus practices are open to the public, while practices in the main ice are closed.

Click here for the 2007 Training Camp Roster.

Individual tickets for 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at and Season and group tickets, as well as preseason individual game tickets, are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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