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FOX Sports Ohio's 'Countdown to Face-Off' launches

Blue Jackets' TV partner will feature new, original programming to kick off 2016-17 season

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / Blue Jackets News

COLUMBUS, Ohio - FOX Sports Ohio is getting ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets 2016-17 season with "Countdown to Face-Off," presented by Wendy's, featuring a month of special Blue Jackets programming, marketing and digital coverage.
 
In the "Countdown to Face-Off," FOX Sports Ohio will air two NEW shows: John McConnell: Revealed and Blue Jackets Roundtable as well as four memorable Blue Jackets Rewind games from the 2015-16 season and three Blue Jackets Live - Preseason Edition programs.

John McConnell: Revealed premieres on FOX Sports Ohio Thursday, September 22 at 9:30pm. John H. McConnell's love of sports, business and his hometown of Columbus were a perfect combination to deliver a major professional franchise to Columbus in the late 1990's. This episode of Revealed applauds Mr. McConnell's tireless efforts to bring pro hockey to Columbus when it appeared the city's chances were put on ice.
 
Tune in September 22 at 10:00pm for the debut of Blue Jackets Roundtable. Dave Maetzold moderates an in-depth discussion of the Blue Jackets with Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, head coach John Tortorella, and president of hockey operations John Davidson.
 
Don't miss these four Blue Jackets Rewind games:
1. Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7:00pm - Game from January 2, 2016 when the Blue Jackets overpowered the Washington Capitals 5-4 in an exciting shootout win.

2. Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm - Game from February 11, 2016 when the Blue Jackets rallied against the Anaheim Ducks to force overtime and win 4-3 in a shootout.

3. Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm - Game from March 22, 2016 when the Blue Jackets came from behind to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout win.

4. Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00pm - Game from April 9, 2016 when the Blue Jackets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in a shootout thriller.
 
The network will also air three 30-minute Blue Jackets Live - Preseason Edition programs, hosted by Bill Davidge and Brian Giesenschlag:

Monday, October 10 at 10:00pm
Tuesday, October 11 at 9:00pm
Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30pm
 
Additionally, before the Blue Jackets season opener at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, October 13, FOX Sports Ohio will also feature a special hour-long Blue Jackets Live pre-game show, presented by Central Ohio Toyota Dealers.
 
New this season: LIVE STREAMING
In addition, all Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live on FOX Sports GO. FOX Sports GO is available to customers of participating pay-TV providers on iOS, Android, Fire tablets and Fire phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Roku, Windows devices, and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.
 
Fans can also stream the games via FOX Sports GO directly through the Blue Jackets official mobile app.
 
COUNTDOWN TO FACE-OFF BLUE JACKETS REWIND SCHEDULE
*Subject to change
 
Thursday, Sept. 22
7:00pm - Blue Jackets Rewind (1/2/16 vs. Capitals: 5-4 shootout win)
9:30pm - John McConnell: Revealed
10:00pm - Blue Jackets Roundtable

Friday, Sept. 23
6:30pm - McConnell: Revealed

Monday, Sept. 26
2:00pm - McConnell: Revealed

Friday, Sept. 30
2:30pm, 12:30am - McConnell: Revealed

Monday, Oct. 3
7:00pm - Blue Jackets Rewind (2/11/16 vs. Ducks: 4-3 shootout win)

9:00pm, 12:30am - McConnell: Revealed

Thursday, Oct. 6
7:00pm - McConnell: Revealed

7:30pm - Blue Jackets Rewind (1/22/16 vs. Flyers: 3-2 shootout win)

11:00pm - Blue Jackets Roundtable

Monday, Oct. 10

6:00pm - Blue Jackets Roundtable
10:00pm - Blue Jackets Live
 
Tuesday, Oct. 11
9:00pm - Blue Jackets Live
10:00pm - Blue Jackets Rewind (4/9/16 vs. Blackhawks: 5-4 shootout win)

Wednesday, Oct. 12
6:30pm - Blue Jackets Live

Thursday, Oct. 13

4:00pm - Blue Jackets Roundtable
6:00pm - Blue Jackets Live*
*Special hour-long pregame show live from Nationwide Arena plaza

Thursday, Oct. 20
5:00pm - McConnell: Revealed

Thursday, Oct. 27
6:30pm - McConnell: Revealed
 
Season Previews and Memorable Moments
Through a series of promotional vignettes, Jackets fans will re-live some of the most memorable moments from last season as well as hear from our broadcast team as they preview the season. FOX Sports Ohio will also feature a series of spots in a 10-day on-air countdown.

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