COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have added defensemen Andy Delmore and Jamie Pushor to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Saturday. Both players are expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena. The club will be without defensemen Duvie Westcott and Rostislav Klesla, who are day-to-day with injuries suffered in Thursday's 4-1 win over St. Louis.
Delmore, 29, has appeared in 281 career NHL games, tallying 43-58-101 and 105 penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets, Philadelphia, Nashville and Buffalo. Claimed off waivers by Columbus from the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 4, he collected two penalty minutes in five games with the Blue Jackets earlier this season. Last week, Delmore was named the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's Oustanding Defenseman. He is the AHL's top scoring defenseman this season as he has registered 17-55-72 with 46 penalty minutes, a +4 plus/minus rating and 11 power goals in 66 games with Syracuse.
A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Delmore spent the 2003-04 season with Buffalo, tallying 2-5-7 and 29 penalty minutes in 37 games. In 2002-03, he registered 18-15-34 in 71 games with Nashville, leading all NHL defensemen in goals (tied) and power play goals (14). In 2001-02, he notched a career-high 16-22-38 in 73 games with the Predators to give him 34-38-72 in 144 games between 2001-03, which ranked second among NHL defensemen.
Pushor, 33, is the Syracuse team captain and has played in 75 games with the Crunch this season, recording 5-17-22 with 132 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating. The 6-3, 218-pounder has scored 13-45-58 with 648 penalty minutes in 518 career NHL games with Detroit, Anaheim, Dallas, Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, and Columbus. Pushor, who won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1997, appeared in one game this season with the Blue Jackets, collecting an assist and logging 17:09 of ice time at Detroit on Dec. 31.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Pushor has registered 12-76-88 and 641 penalty minutes in 370 career AHL contests. Originally a second round pick by the Red Wings in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, he has appeared in 144 career games with the Blue Jackets, recording 3-17-20 with 150 penalty minutes, including an NHL career-best 13 points during the club's inaugural 2000-01 season.
The Blue Jackets and Blackhawks meet tonight at 7 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised live on FSN Ohio with the Ice Breaker pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. The game will also be carried live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM (1460 the Fan) and WWCD-FM (CD101). Tickets to all Blue Jackets home games are on sale now and may be purchased at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Blue Jackets Zones at Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton, Chiller North, all Ticketmaster ticket centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com.