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Blue Jackets Re-Sign Goaltender Fredrik Norrena to Multi-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Fredrik Norrena to a multi-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Norrena has appeared in 33 games with Columbus this season and compiled a 14-13-2 record with a 2.95 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and two shutouts. He set the franchise record for longest shutout streak by a goaltender when he went 155:28 without allowing a goal from Nov. 25-Dec. 9. That span included back-to-back games in which he posted shutouts at Edmonton (21 saves, 4-0 on Dec. 2) and Colorado (42 saves, 3-0 on Dec. 5). He was acquired by the Blue Jackets, along with Fredrik Modin, from Tampa Bay on June 30, 2006, in a trade that sent Marc Denis to the Lightning.

Norrena, 33, was Tampa Bay's eighth pick, 213th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft and spent 13 seasons in the Finnish and Swedish leagues before making his North American debut this season. In 367 career games, he compiled a 2.18 goals-against average and 35 shutouts. In 2005-06, he had a 2.16 goals-against average and four shutouts in 36 games for Linkopings (SWE). He also played in 11 playoff games and had a 1.90 goals-against with two shutouts.

A native of Pietarsaari, Finland, Norrena was a member of the silver medal winning Team Finland at the 2006 Olympic Games. He played in the 2006 World Championships, fashioning a 1.11 goals-against average and .951 save percentage in six games as Finland captured the bronze medal. He has also represented his country at the World Championships in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

The Blue Jackets return to action today when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. ET with live television coverage on NBC. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.

Individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Blueline at The Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and on-line at www.BlueJackets.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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