COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Tom Sestito to a three-year entry level contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Sestito, who was Columbus' third pick, 85th overall, at the 2006 Entry Draft, is currently playing in the Ontario Hockey League Playoffs with the Plymouth Whalers.
Sestito, 19, tallied 42 goals and 22 assists for 64 points with 135 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 60 games with Plymouth during the 2006-07 regular season. He led the club and ranked 13th in the OHL in goals and was tops on the club and eighth in the OHL with 21 power play goals. He also led the Whalers with four shorthanded goals and was sixth on the club in points. He helped lead Plymouth to a 49-14-2-3 record, which was tops in the West Division and second in the league.
The 6-5, 212-pound Rome, New York native has appeared in 152 career OHL games with the Whalers, registering 53-35-88, 399 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating. He notched 10-10-20 and 176 penalty minutes in 57 games in 2005-06 and added 5-2-7 and 29 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games. Plymouth, whose roster also includes 2005 CBJ draft pick Jared Boll, currently leads the Guelph Storm 2-0 in its first round OHL playoff series.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the St. Louis Blues. Game time at Scottrade Center is 8 p.m. ET with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the Ice Breaker pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. 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 Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and on-line at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets (deposits are now being accepted for the 2007-08 season), call (800) NHL-COLS or mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK.