COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jason Williams from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Clay Wilson and San Jose's sixth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft previously acquired by Columbus in exchange for Jody Shelley on January 29, 2008, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 14. Williams, 28, has tallied seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points with eight penalty minutes in 41 games with the Thrashers this season. In 337 career NHL games with Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit, he has registered 73-103-176, 123 penalty minutes, a cumulative plus/minus rating of +1, 26 power play goals and 12 game-winning goals. He has added 1-1-2 and 10 penalty minutes in 20 career playoff games and helped the Red Wings win the 2002 Stanley Cup championship.
The London, Ontario native spent five-plus seasons in the Red Wings organization, including 2005-06 when he notched 21-37-58 and 26 penalty minutes in 80 games to set career highs in goals, assists, points and games played. He also represented Canada at the 2006 World Championships, tallying 2-5-7 in nine games. He split the 2006-07 season between Detroit and Chicago, combining for 15-17-32 and 44 penalty minutes in 78 games.
In 2007-08, Williams picked up 13-23-36 and 22 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Blackhawks, tying for fifth on the team in scoring and assists and ranking seventh in goals. He was tied for second on the club with four game-winning goals and was sixth with six power play goals.
Prior to turning professional, he spent four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes from 1996-00. He registered 74-120-194 and 145 penalty minutes in 249 career OHL games and collected a career-high 36-37-73 and 64 penalty minutes in 1999-00. Following his final season, he was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent on Sept. 18, 2000.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they host the New Jersey Devils. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game also will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.