COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled center Derek MacKenzie and defenseman Aaron Rome from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets' General Manager Scott Howson announced February 26. Columbus also assigned center Derick Brassard to the Crunch.
MacKenzie, 26, has appeared in two games and recorded two penalty minutes this season with the Blue Jackets. He has recorded 23-20-43 with 44 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 59 games with the Crunch. The Sudbury, Ontario native leads Syracuse in goals and shorthanded goals (tied – 5) while ranking second on the team in points and power play goals (7).
Rome, 24, is playing in his fourth professional season and has tallied five goals and 24 assists for 29 points with 157 penalty minutes in 55 AHL games with Syracuse and the Portland Pirates this season. He ranks tied for second on the Crunch in points, is third in penalty minutes and sixth in points. He, along with defenseman Clay Wilson, was acquired from Anaheim in exchange for Geoff Platt on November 15. Rome has registered 20-74-94 and 513 penalty minutes in 270 career AHL games with Syracuse, Portland and Cincinnati. The Nesbitt, Manitoba native was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round, 104th overall, of the 2002 Entry Draft.
Brassard, 20, scored the first goal of his NHL career against Minnesota on February 2 and collected his first NHL point with an assist at Colorado on January 20. In 17 games with Columbus this season, he has registered 1-1-2 with six penalty minutes. The Hull, Quebec native has 5-20-25 with 20 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Crunch this season.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. 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 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.