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Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation presents 2012 Pucks and Paws Calendar to Benfit Canine Companions for Independence®

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announces the release of the 2012 Pucks and Paws Calendar presented by Petland. This one-of-a-kind calendar features Blue Jackets players alongside assistance dogs and puppies in training from Canine Companions for Independence®, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities. One of the national organization’s five regional training centers is located in Delaware, Ohio.

The calendar, priced at $15, will be available starting Thursday, Dec. 8 with proceeds benefiting Canine Companions for Independence® and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. Players pictured with the dogs and puppies from Canine Companions include Rick Nash, Jared Boll, Grant Clitsome, Derek MacKenzie and Marc Methot while photos of Matt Calvert, Mark Dekanich, Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette and James Wisniewski also feature the player’s personal pets alongside dogs from Canine Companions.

Canine Companions assistance dogs serve people with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke, hearing loss, and developmental delay. The specially bred Labrador and Golden Retrievers and crosses of the two learn over 40 commands – open doors, turn off and on light switches, pick up dropped items that are out of reach, and alert their partners to important sounds, and more. For more information, visit www.cci.org.

Fans may purchase the calendar during home games at the Blue Jackets Foundation kiosk starting Thursday, December 8 or by visiting one of the following Petland locations:

- Carriage Place: 2620 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220
- Chillicothe: 881 North Bridge St., Chillicothe, OH 45601
- Dayton: 3444 York Commons Blvd., Dayton, OH 45414
- Hilliard: 5253 Nike Station Way, Hilliard, OH 43026
- Lewis Center: 86 Meadow Park Ave., Lewis Center, OH 43035
- Marion: 1609 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, OH 43302
- Pickerington: 1514 Stonecreek Dr., Pickerington, OH 43147
- Powell: 9848 Brewster Ln., Powell OH, 43065

Calendars will also be on sale at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line locations at Nationwide Arena and at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing. To order online, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.

The Blue Jackets return to action tomorrow when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 8:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.

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