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FOX Sports Ohio, Blue Jackets announce return of the "Shootout Showcase"

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS – For the fourth straight season, FOX Sports Ohio and the Columbus Blue Jackets are excited to once again feature youth hockey in the return of the “Shootout Showcase,” presented by Scotts Miracle-Gro.

This season, 27 youth hockey teams from around the state have entered to compete in the single elimination shootout tournament. Each team consists of three shooters and one goalie.

The following organizations will be represented:

· Capital Amateur Hockey Association

· Columbus Chill Youth Hockey Association

· Newark Ice Hockey Association

· Easton Youth Hockey Association

· Dayton Hockey Association

· Columbus Ice Hockey Club

· Athens Youth Hockey Association

· CCYHA Blue Jackets Girls Hockey Program

· CCYHA Sting Girls Hockey

· Troy Bruins Youth Hockey

· Butler County Youth Hockey Association

· Northern Kentucky Youth Hockey Association

· Findlay Amateur Hockey Association

· Cincinnati Youth Hockey Association (Cincinnati Swords)

On this Friday, November 15th, when the Blue Jackets host the Montreal Canadiens at 7:00pm, FOX Sports Ohio will air the first shootout during the Blue Jackets Live pregame show at 6:30pm. Highlights from this first shootout between Findlay Amateur Hockey Association and Columbus Ice Hockey Club will also air during an intermission and in the postgame edition of Blue Jackets Live.

The network will continue to air one shootout every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Blue Jackets game whittling down to the final two teams. The final two teams will compete live at Nationwide Arena on April 6th, when the Jackets host the Islanders at 7pm. FOX Sports Ohio will televise the final shootout live.

All of the shootout segments will also be available on FOXSportsOhio.com and BlueJackets.com.

“The Showcase Shootout is a great vehicle for the Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio to highlight youth hockey talent from across the state of Ohio,” stated J.D. Kershaw, Vice President of Marketing for the Blue Jackets. “It has been very well received over the last few years and we’re happy to continue working with FOX to give more kids this unique experience.”

“In partnership with the Blue Jackets, we at FOX Sports Ohio are proud of the success of the Shootout Showcase,” said FOX Sports Ohio’s Director of Marketing Alex Slemc. “Now in its fourth season, the program has grown to become not only an important part of Blue Jackets programming, but also a unique and fun way to promote and celebrate youth hockey.”

The “Shootout Showcase” will additionally be featured with a recap during Slap Shots, the 30-minute week-in-review magazine show that highlights the Jackets recent matchups.

A new episode of Slap Shots airs on FOX Sports Ohio every Monday at 6pm.

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