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Blue Jackets Sign Forward Oliver Gabriel to Three-Year Entry Level Contract

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Oliver Gabriel to a three-year standard entry level contract, club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced October 7. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

"Oliver is a good, young player and we are happy to have him as a member of our organization," said Howson. "He really impressed us during our development camp this summer and had a very good training camp as well."

Gabriel, 19, has tallied 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points with 66 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +10 in 94 career games with the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks. He scored a goal in two preseason games with Columbus and has collected 1-3-4 and six penalty minutes in three games after being returned to Portland by the Blue Jackets.

Single-game tickets for all Blue Jackets' regular season games, including the Friday, Oct. 15 home opener vs. the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $22 and are available 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 BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, 20-, 10- and six-game packages and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

OLIVER GABRIEL, Forward

Hgt.: 6-2; Wgt.: 193; Shoots:  Left; Born: May 13, 1991 (Edmonton, Alberta)

Career Statistics                 Regular Season                                     Playoffs

Year       Team     League   GP   TOI    G   A  PTS    +/-  PIM        GP    G    A  PTS  PIM

2008-09  Portland  WHL       50     n/a     6    5    11      -8     32                        

2009-10  Portland  WHL       41     n/a    10  14   24      15     28          13     2     4    6       9

2010-11  Portland  WHL        3      n/a     1    3      4       3       6                        

WHL Totals                         94          17  22   39     10     66           13     3      4    6      9

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