COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets forwards Fredrik Modin and Samuel Pahlsson have been named to the Swedish Olympic hockey team that will compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, the team announced December 27. Both players are holdovers from the squad that captured the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
Modin, 35, is a native of Sundsvall, Sweden and a member of the Triple Gold Club, which consists of 22 players who have won the three most prestigious championships in hockey – a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and World Championships gold medal. He has also represented Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey and at the World Junior Championships. He has registered 220 goals and 222 assists for 442 points with 419 penalty minutes in 822 career NHL games, including 37-43-80 and 104 penalty minutes in 160 games with the Blue Jackets. He has collected 0-1-1 and six penalty minutes in eight games this season since returning from injury.
Pahlsson, 32, hails from Ange, Sweden and is a veteran of numerous international competitions. In addition to the 2006 Olympic Games, he has played for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey, World Championships and World Junior Championships. Playing in his ninth NHL season, he has collected 56-98-154 and 274 penalty minutes in 593 career games. He has tallied 2-6-8 and 14 penalty minutes in 36 games with Columbus in 2009-10, which is his first season as a Blue Jacket.
The Blue Jackets return to action Monday when they host the Detroit Red Wings. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET with the game being televised live nationally on VERSUS. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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 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.