COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Grant Clitsome to a one-year contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced July 22. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Clitsome, 25, made his National Hockey League debut with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10 and collected one goal and two assists for three points with six penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating. He also appeared in 64 games with the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, tallying 5-15-20 and 42 penalty minutes last season.
Columbus' 12th pick, 271st overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Clitsome has registered 9-30-39 and 105 penalty minutes in 137 career AHL games with Syracuse in his first two professional seasons. He collected 4-15-19 and 74 penalty minutes in 73 games with the Crunch in 2008-09 after making his pro debut with the club during the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Gloucester, Ontario native played four seasons at Clarkson University (ECAC) from 2004-08. He registered 16-57-73 and 122 penalty minutes in 150 career games. As a senior in 2007-08, he tallied a career-high 5-17-22 with 28 penalty minutes and was +19 in 39 games to help the club win the ECAC regular season championship. He received Second Team RBK All-American, First Team ECAC All-Star and NCAA East Regional Team honors that year, in addition to being named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.
The Blue Jackets are commemorating their 10th NHL season in 2010-11. Season tickets as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages are on sale now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com. Information regarding sales of single game tickets for all home pre-season and regular season games will be announced later this summer.