COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kevin Lalande has been named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 15, the American Hockey League announced March 16.
Lalande, 22, went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .974 save percentage, stopping 111-of-114 shots in three games with the Syracuse Crunch. He was named the game's first star in each of his three appearances as Syracuse was outshot by a margin of 114-71. He made his home debut as a member of the Crunch on Wednesday and stopped 32-of-33 shots in a 3-1 victory over Toronto. He made 31 saves in a 3-1 win over Lake Erie on Friday, and finished his week with a 48-save performance in a 4-1 win against Rochester on Saturday. In recognition of his achievement, the Kingston, Ontario native will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Crunch home game.
Calgary's fifth pick, 128th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Lalande was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on March 4. He has gone 7-2-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and one shutout in 10 games with Syracuse and Quad City along with posting a 9-8-0 record with a 2.39 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in 21 games with Las Vegas of the East Coast Hockey League.
The Blue Jackets return to action Wednesday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Face-off at Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game also will 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 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for all home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports 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. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.