Kana, 22, was acquired by the Blue Jackets with defenseman Brendan Bell from St. Louis in exchange for forward Pascal Pelletier on December 8, 2009. He registered two assists, two penalty minutes and was +2 in six games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He made his NHL debut against Tampa Bay on March 30 and collected the first points of his NHL career with two assists at Detroit on April 7. He added 15-13-28, 47 penalty minutes and was +2 in 50 games with Syracuse, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, and had 0-6-6, 10 penalty minutes and was +2 in 11 games with Alaska of the East Coast Hockey League.
A native of Opava, Czech Republic, Kana has collected 16-13-29 and 62 penalty minutes in 68 career AHL games. St. Louis’ third pick, 31st overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, he played parts of four seasons with HC Vitkovice Steel and Usti n. L. in the Czech League from 2004-08, registering 19-21-40 and 128 penalty minutes in 112 games. His best season was 2006-07 when he picked up 9-7-16 and 54 penalty minutes in 44 games with HC Vitkovice Steel.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the Minnesota Wild. Game time from Xcel Energy Center is 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including CD101 at 102.5 FM and online at BlueJackets.com.
Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2010-11 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.
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