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Countdown to Face-Off

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets fans won’t have to wait until Opening Night to enjoy Blue Jackets hockey. As the team gears up for the 2011-12 season, FOX Sports Ohio is helping fans get ready by featuring special Blue Jackets programming throughout the month of September in a “Countdown to Face Off.” Below is the complete list of programming for the month.


Blue Jackets Showcase Games

FOX Sports Ohio asked fans to vote for their four favorite games in Blue Jackets history.

Game Fans Vote Day Day Time
Mar. 9, 2001 at Florida Fourth Most Voted Monday Sept. 5 6 p.m.
Mar. 12, 2009 vs. Pittsburgh Third Most Voted Sunday Sept. 18 5 p.m.
Jan. 17, 2008 at Phoenix Second Most Voted Wednesday Sept. 21 7 p.m.
Apr. 8, 2009 at Chicago Top Voted Wednesday Sept. 28 7 p.m.




Blue Jackets Slap Shots - Summer Tour

This four part series, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m., is an all-access pass to the Jackets that every fan must see. Covering over 2,000 miles of the Great White North via minivan, this show will take fans to Quebec for a tour of Quebec City with Antoine Vermette. The road show then rolls into Ontario to check in with defensemen Marc Methot and Grant Clitsome in their hometown of Ottawa, catches up with captain Rick Nash at his cottage in the Muskoka region and has some fun with Steve Mason and his friends in the Toronto-area.

Featured Player(s) Day Date Time
Antoine Vermette Wednesday Sept. 7 6:30 p.m.
Marc Methot/Grant Clitsome Wednesday Sept. 14 6 p.m.
Rick Nash Wednesday Sept. 21 6:30 p.m.
Steve Mason Monday Sept. 26 6 p.m.




Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special

The half-hour special takes a look at the team’s off-season player moves, from trades to the draft and free agency.

Day Date Time(s)
Thursday Sept. 1 6:30 & 11:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 2 2 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 4 1 p.m.
Monday Sept. 5 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday Sept. 6 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 7 7 p.m.
Thursday Sept. 8 1 p.m.




Blue Jackets Slap Shots - Morning Sports Report Special

In this 30-minute program, FOX Sports Ohio/Blue Jackets play-by-play commentator Jeff Rimer sits down with Nash, 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Dino Ciccarelli and Stanley Cup champion and national NHL analyst Ed Olczyk. Taped in late June as part of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s Morning Sports Report, the show highlights some of the discussion that took place in front of a live audience.

Day Date Time
Thursday Sept. 8 6:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 9 6 p.m.
Monday Sept. 12 6:30 p.m.
Thursday Sept. 15 6 p.m.




Programming Schedule by Date

Thursday, Sept. 1 6:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Special
Friday, Sept. 2 2 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Special
Sunday, Sept. 4 1 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Special
Monday, Sept. 5 5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Special
Blue Jackets Showcase Game 1
Tuesday, Sept. 6 6:30 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Special
Wednesday, Sept. 7 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
Watch: Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Tour Episode 1
Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Special
Thursday, Sept. 8 1:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Special
Watch: Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Morning Sports Report Special
Friday, Sept. 9 7:30 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Morning Sports Report Special
Monday, Sept. 12 6 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Morning Sports Report Special
Wednesday, Sept. 14 6 p.m. Watch: Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Tour Episode 2
Thursday, Sept. 15 11:30 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Morning Sports Report Special
Sunday, Sept. 18 5 p.m. Blue Jackets Showcase Game 2
Wednesday, Sept. 21 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Tour Episode 3
Blue Jackets Showcase Game 3
Monday, Sept. 26 6 p.m. Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Tour Episode 4
Wednesday, Sept. 28 7 p.m. Blue Jackets Showcase Game 4

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