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Columbus Blue Jackets Announce ECHL Affiliation Agreement with Johnstown Chiefs for 2008-09 Season

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced August 22 that the club has reached an agreement with the Johnstown Chiefs to serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Blue Jackets and the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch for the 2008-09 season.

"We are very excited to be partnering with the Chiefs this year," said Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland. "Developing players is crucial to the long term success of any team, and we feel Johnstown will be a positive place for our young players to learn the game and gain professional experience."

Johnstown, the only remaining original ECHL franchise, celebrated its 20th season in the ECHL in 2007-08. The Chiefs also serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Colorado Avalanche and AHL's Lake Erie Monsters. Columbus was affiliated with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals last season, after affiliating with the Dayton Bombers from 2000-07.

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Individual game tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games will go on sale Friday, September 19 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN 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 (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Deposits are now being accepted for season tickets for the 2008-09 season. New six-game plans starting at $150, as well as 10- and 20-game plans starting at $240 also are available. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

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