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Columbus Blue Jackets Loan Defenseman Mikko Maenpaa to HPK of the Finnish Elite League

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned defenseman Mikko Maenpaa (pronounced MEE-koh MAHN-pah) to HPK of the Finnish Elite League, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced November 13. Maenpaa had appeared in seven games with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus's American Hockey League affiliate, this season and collected two assists and six penalty minutes.

A native of Tampere, Finland, Maenpaa signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent on June 1, 2007. Prior to this season, he registered 14 goals and 31 assists for 45 points with 112 penalty minutes in 142 career games in the Finnish Elite League since 2002. Last year, he notched 14-26-40 and 48 penalty minutes in 52 games with HPK.

The Blue Jackets return to action Wednesday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.

Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at The Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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