COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets prospects Petr Straka and Lukas Sedlak were among 27 players selected to comprise the Czech Republic’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships in Edmonton and Calgary from December 26 through January 5, 2012.
Straka, 19, was the Blue Jackets’ third pick, 55th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft. He has registered eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points and has 19 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. In 129 career QMJHL games, he has collected 46-61-107 and 106 penalty minutes. He was named QMJHL Rookie of the Year, was selected to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team and to play in the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2009-10.
Sedlak, 18, was the Blue Jackets’ sixth pick, 158th overall, in this past June’s Entry Draft held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has tallied nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points, has 32 penalty minutes and is +10 in 24 games with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, his first season in North America. He ranks second on the club in plus/minus rating and is fourth in points. Last season he recorded 14-13-27 and 65 penalty minutes in 47 games with Ceske of the Czech Under-20 League.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when the club visits the Montreal Canadians. Game time from Bell Centre is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 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.