COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward T.J. Tynan to a two-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Tynan, 22, was Columbus’ second pick, 66th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.
A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Tynan has spent the past four seasons at the University of Notre Dame (CCHA/Hockey East), scoring 54 goals and dishing out 107 assists for 161 points with 132 penalty minutes in 164 games. He was named NCAA Rookie of the Year in 2010-11 and led the CCHA in scoring as a sophomore, recording 13-28-41 in 39 games.
In 2012-13, he led the Fighting Irish to a conference title, earning MVP honors at the CCHA Tournament in Detroit, Mich. As a senior in 2013-14, the 5-9, 165-pound forward led Notre Dame in scoring with 8-30-38 in 40 games. The Fighting Irish were eliminated from national title contention last weekend, suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to St. Cloud State in the NCAA West Regionals.
Tynan represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships, recording 1-3-4 in six tournament appearances. He spent one season with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League prior to enrolling at Notre Dame, registering 17-55-72 in 60 games in 2009-10 and leading the league in assists to earn a spot on the USHL All-Rookie Team.
The Blue Jackets return to game action tonight with a home game against the Colorado Avalanche. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 FM The Fan in Columbus and online at BlueJackets.com.