The Columbus Blue Jackets begin preparations for their 19th National Hockey League season with the opening of training camp, presented by OhioHealth, on Thursday, September 12. Players will report for physicals at McConnell Spine, Sport and Joint Center beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday with fitness testing to follow at Nationwide Arena. Players will be available for interviews between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.
The team will conduct off-ice workouts and on-ice testing on Friday, September 13 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus with the first team on-ice practices and scrimmages slated for Saturday, September 14 in the Ice Haus. Three groups will take part in practice and scrimmages between 9 a.m.-2:10 p.m. at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. All practice sessions in the OhioHealth Ice Haus beginning Saturday, September 14 are open to the public. The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Blue Jackets long sleeve T-shirt courtesy of OhioHealth.
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The club's full training camp roster and player group assignments will be released on Wednesday. The players will be divided into four groups for skate testing on Friday, September 13 and into three groups for all sessions from September 14-17. The Jackets open their seven-game preseason schedule on Tuesday, September 17 when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Columbus will also host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, September 21 (2 p.m.), New Jersey Devils on Friday, September 27 and the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Sunday, September 29 (5 p.m.). Columbus opens the regular season at Nationwide Arena vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, October 4 (7 p.m.).
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Media Availability - Practices: Members of the hockey operations staff and Head Coach John Tortorella will be available following the final practice session each day. All players will be available following their final scheduled workout of the day.
Media Availability - Preseason Games: The CBJ dressing room will be open to the media five minutes after the game's conclusion. The Blue Jackets coach for that preseason game will meet the media in the press conference room approximately 20 minutes after each contest.
Media Information/Press Box at BlueJackets.com - Media covering training camp can park in the parking garage located on the north side of Nationwide Arena (bring garage ticket for validation). For daily updates including press releases, media clips, Jackets TV features, game notes, complete pre- and post-game coverage and more, visit the Press Box page at BlueJackets.com, the club's official Training Camp page and follow the communications Twitter account and the team's main Twitter accout.
Season Credentials - Media receiving Blue Jackets credentials for the 2019-20 season will be able to pick up their credentials beginning at the club's media day at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, September 11. The credentials will also be available during home preseason games and can be collected at the Media Entrance (Tower Entrance), located on the south side of the arena at the corner of Nationwide Blvd. and Marconi Blvd. The Media Entrance will be open three hours prior to game time.