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Columbus Blue Jackets, Team Partners Celebrate 10th Season with Series of Alumni Nights

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that team partners AAA Ohio, FOX Sports Ohio, Columbia Gas, OhioHealth, Tim Hortons and Time Warner Cable are joining the team in celebrating the 10th season of Blue Jackets hockey, with each partner presenting a segment of the commemorative year highlighted by a series of Alumni Nights.

"The generous commitment of our partners at AAA Ohio, Columbia Gas, FOX Sports Ohio, OhioHealth, Tim Hortons and Time Warner Cable greatly enhances the 10th season festivities we look forward to sharing with our fans," said Cameron Scholvin, Blue Jackets Senior Vice President of Corporate Development.

The Alumni Nights will celebrate the history of the franchise with individual appearances by six inaugural-season players whose contributions marked defining moments in the nascent years of the hockey club. Each night will feature autograph opportunities with the player, a pre-game video tribute and ceremonial puck drop and a premium giveaway item, courtesy of the designated presenting partner. The Alumni Nights schedule follows:

Click on the alumni player and check out their career stats as a Blue Jacket as well as like them on Facebook

Friday, Oct. 15 vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Tim Hortons kicks off the series on Opening Night with an appearance by Bruce Gardiner, who scored the first goal in team history on Oct. 7, 2000 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Gardiner, who was selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2000 Expansion Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning, played 312 career NHL games from 1996-97 to 2001-02. All fans in attendance will receive a 10th season Opening Night T-shirt, as well as a 2010-11 schedule poster.

Friday, Nov. 12 vs. Colorado Avalanche - Time Warner Cable welcomes Lyle Odelein, who served as the first team captain in franchise history. Odelein, who was selected by the club in the 2000 Expansion Draft from the Coyotes, logged 1,056 games in his 16-year NHL career from 1989-2006. All fans in attendance will receive a 2010-11 team poster.

Saturday, Dec. 18 vs. Dallas Stars - Columbia Gas presents the appearance by Espen Knutsen, the first Blue Jacket and first Norwegian-born player to be selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game (2002). Knutsen, who represented Norway at the 1994 Olympic Games and enjoyed a standout career in the Swedish Elite League, is currently the head coach of Valerenga in Norway. All fans in attendance that night will receive a Blue Jackets winter hat.

Friday, Jan. 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings - AAA Ohio presents the appearance by current Blue Jackets development coach Tyler Wright. Wright spent five of his 13 NHL seasons with Columbus and was the first Blue Jacket to collect two hat tricks in the same season (2002-03). Off the ice, Wright is also known as the founder of the team's Hats For Heroes program, which has raised $1 million for the fight against pediatric cancer. All fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets winter scarf.

Saturday, Feb. 5 vs. Edmonton Oilers - OhioHealth welcomes Geoff Sanderson, who led the inaugural season team in goals and points and registered the first hat trick in team history on Feb. 10, 2001 vs. the Nashville Predators. All fans in attendance will receive a 10th season commemorative puck.

Friday, Mar. 11 vs. Los Angeles Kings - FOX Sports Ohio hosts the final Alumni Night with Marc Denis, who played five years with Columbus, where he recorded the first home win in club history (Oct. 25, 2000 vs. Washington) and set several team records for goaltending, including a then-NHL record 4,511 minutes played in 2002-03. To close out the Alumni Night series, all fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring Rick Nash wearing the club's new third jersey that will be unveiled later this season.

Single-game tickets for all Columbus Blue Jackets' regular season games, including the Friday, Oct. 15 home opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, will go on sale Friday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

Tickets starting at $22 will be available at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

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