COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets will take their first on-ice steps towards the opening of the 2009-10 season September 6-10 as 28 players will participate in a rookie camp and prospect tournament at the Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan. Participating players will undergo physicals and fitness testing beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 5 at McConnell Heart Health Center.
This year will mark the ninth-straight in which Columbus has participated in the Annual NHL Prospect Tournament. The Blue Jackets won the tournament championship in 2006 and 2007. In addition to Columbus, NHL clubs participating this year include the Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
Practice sessions and tournament games will be held on the facility's two sheets of ice – David's Rink and Citizens Rink – located at 1544 Hammond Road, Traverse City, Michigan 49686 (Phone – 231/933-7465). The Blue Jackets will play in the Western Conference along with Dallas, Minnesota and St. Louis. The Eastern Conference will consist of Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit and NY Rangers. Columbus’ schedule is as follows:
Date Event- Time (Rink)
Saturday, September 5 Physicals & Strength Testing - 7 a.m.
Travel to Traverse City
Sunday, September 6 vs. Minnesota Wild - 2:30 p.m. (David's Rink)
Monday, September 7 vs. St. Louis Blues- 6 p.m. (David's Rink)
Tuesday, September 8 No Games Scheduled
Wednesday, September 9vs. Dallas Stars- 3 p.m. (David's Rink)
Thursday, September 10 7th Place Game - 2 p.m. (David's Rink)
5th Place Game- 2:30 p.m. (Huntington Rink)
3rd Place Game- 6 p.m. (David’s Rink)
Championship Game- 6:30 p.m. (Huntington Rink)
The Blue Jackets' rookie camp roster will feature 26 players, including eight who were selected by the club via the NHL Entry Draft. Leading the group will be the Blue Jackets' top pick in this past June's Entry Draft, defenseman John Moore, who was selected with the 21st overall pick. In addition, two additional players who were selected in the 2009 Entry Draft will also participate: defenseman David Savard (94th) and defenseman Anton Blomqvist (167th).
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The Blue Jackets rookies will be coached in Traverse City by Ross Yates, head coach of the club's AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch. He will be assisted by Crunch Assistant Coaches Trent Cull and Karl Goehring. Columbus General Manager Scott Howson, Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland, Director of Player Personnel Don Boyd, Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron and Development Coach Tyler Wright will lead members of the organization's hockey operations staff who will also be on hand for the camp and tournament.
Blue Jackets veterans and rookies will officially open the club's ninth training camp with physicals and strength testing on Saturday, September 12, before taking the ice for the first time on Sunday, September 13. A complete schedule will be released prior to the opening of training camp.
Single game tickets for 2009 PRESEASON home games will go on sale Friday, August 21. Tickets will be on sale at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line team store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Single game tickets for the 2009-10 regular season will go on sale in early-September.
Columbus Blue Jackets season tickets for 2009-10 are on sale now with prices starting at $18 per game. In addition, six-, 10- and 20-game packages for 2009-10 are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.
Author: Blue Jackets Staff | Writer