The team will take the ice for the first time on Sunday, September 13 at the Dispatch Ice Haus. All practices held at The Dispatch Ice Haus throughout camp will be open to the public. There are 43 players expected to participate in this year's training camp. Also, a number of the 29 players participating in the club's rookie camp in Traverse City, Michigan from September 5-9 will also be taking part in the club's main camp and are listed on the enclosed roster.
The first two days of camp will consist of all players being divided into four teams – Team McConnell, Team Crane, Team Wolfe and Team Pizzuti – with each day featuring on-ice practices, off-ice workouts and intra-squad scrimmages. Team McConnell will face-off against Team Crane on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m., while Team Wolfe plays Team Pizzuti at 2 p.m. The losing teams will meet on Monday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. with the winning teams playing at 2 p.m. Both days include on-ice sessions prior to each scrimmage. Scheduled workout times from September 16-27 will include the following (except September 17): GAME DAYS: 10 a.m. – Playing Group, 11:30 a.m. – Non-Playing Group; NON-GAME DAYS: 11 a.m. – Group A; 1 p.m. – Group B.
The Blue Jackets open the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday, October 3, against the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.
Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now 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 ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.