COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Craig MacDonald from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced December 27. MacDonald, 31, has collected eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points with 33 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Crunch this season. He is tied for the club lead in goals, ranks second in points and is third in assists.
The Antigonish, Nova Scotia native registered 2-9-11 and 16 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007-08, setting career highs in assists, points and games played. He has tallied 10-23-33 and 91 penalty minutes in 229 career NHL games with Carolina, Florida, Boston, Calgary, Chicago and Tampa Bay.
Hartford's third pick, 88th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft, he has split the past 10 seasons between the NHL and AHL, where he has recorded 84-146-230 and 419 penalty minutes in 344 career games with New Haven, Lowell, Omaha, Norfolk and Syracuse. He also played two seasons at Harvard University, collecting 13-20-33 and 30 penalty minutes in 66 games from 1995-97.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. Game time at Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD 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 Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for all Blue Jackets 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.