COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Cam Atkinson has been named to the Eastern Conference American Hockey League All-Star Team, the AHL announced today. Atkinson will represent the Springfield Falcons, the club's AHL affiliate, at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic to be held on January 29-30 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Playing in his first full professional season, Atkinson, 22, has registered 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points with 18 penalty minutes and has a +6 plus/minus rating. He leads the Falcons in goals and power play goals (eight), while ranking second in points. He ranks third (tied) in the AHL in power play goals, eighth in goals and is fifth (tied) among AHL rookies in points. He has appeared in five games with the Blue Jackets this season and scored his first NHL goal Oct. 10 vs. Vancouver. He made his NHL debut with the club Oct. 7 vs. Nashville.
Prior to making his professional debut with the Falcons last season, Atkinson completed his junior season at Boston College in 2010-11, registering 31-21-52 points, 28 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 39 games. The Riverside, Connecticut native set a career high in goals, which ranked second in the nation, while ranking third (tied) in points and sixth (tied) in power play goals (11) and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
Columbus' eighth pick, 157th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, he finished his career at Boston College with 68-56-124, 86 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +42 in 117 games. He had 30-23-53, 30 penalty minutes and was +26 in 42 games in 2009-10, leading the NCAA in goals and helping the Eagles win the National Championship. He was named the NCAA Northeast Regional Most Outstanding Player and was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when the club visits the San Jose Sharks. Game time from HP Pavilion at San Jose is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single game tickets for the Blue Jackets home games starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, 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, the official club web site, and www.ticketmaster.com.
Full and partial season ticket plans for the Blue Jackets' 2011-12 season are on sale now starting at less than $15 per game. Full and partial-season ticket holders receive a number of great benefits including significant savings versus single-game prices; the best available seat locations; exclusive access to events with players and coaches; and priority access to tickets for most other events at Nationwide Arena and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.