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Blue Jackets Sign RW Derek Dorsett to Two-Year Contract Extension

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract extension which begins in 2010-11 and continues through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Dorsett, 22, tallied four goals and one assist for five points with 150 penalty minutes in 52 games as a rookie with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09. He ranked second on the club and led all NHL rookies in penalty minutes and added 116 hits. He made his NHL debut at Phoenix on Oct. 11, 2008 and scored his first career goal, the game-winner, vs. Vancouver on Oct. 21, 2008. He also appeared in seven games with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, and notched 1-5-6 and 35 penalty minutes.

A native of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Dorsett was Columbus’ ninth pick, 189th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He made his professional debut with Syracuse in 2007-08, collecting 10-8-18 with 289 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 64 games. His penalty minutes total led the Crunch and ranked third in the AHL. Prior to his arrival in Syracuse, he spent three seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League where he registered 49-79-128 and 593 penalty minutes with a +42 plus/minus rating in 180 games from 2004-07. In 2006-07, he had 19-45-64 and 206 penalty minutes in 61 games as the Tigers won the WHL championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup Final.

The Blue Jackets open the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday, October 3, against the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.

Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now 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 www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

- CBJ -

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