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Blue Jackets Re-Sign Center Derek MacKenzie to a Two-Year, Two-Way NHL-American Hockey League Contract

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed center Derek MacKenzie to a two-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced July 1. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

MacKenzie, who turned 29 on June 11, recorded one goal and three assists for four points and was +3 in 18 games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He added 17-30-47 and 30 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' AHL affiliate. He led the club and tied for first in the AHL in shorthanded goals (5) and ranked second on the Crunch in assists and was third in points.

"Derek is a true professional, who brings experience, leadership and depth to our organization," Howson said.

Atlanta's sixth pick, 128th overall, in the 1999 Entry Draft, he has registered 3-5-8 and 30 penalty minutes in 64 career NHL games. He made his NHL debut with the Thrashers against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Apr. 12, 2002. He has also tallied 147-185-332, 567 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +40 in 550 career AHL games with the Crunch and Chicago Wolves.

The Blue Jackets are commemorating their 10th NHL season in 2010-11. Season tickets as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages are on sale now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com. Information regarding sales of single game tickets for all home pre-season and regular season games will be announced later this summer.

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