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Ohio Hockey Classic Showcases College Hockey At Nationwide Arena Dec. 29 & 30

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
The second annual Ohio Hockey Classic, hosted by The Ohio State University, returns to Nationwide Arena for two days featuring four games of college hockey action on Thursday, Dec. 29 and Friday, Dec. 30. Games are set for 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day. Tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office and through Ticketmaster.

This 2005 tournament features host Ohio State along with Miami (Ohio) representing the Central Collegiate Hockey Association while this year’s invitational schools are Holy Cross (Atlantic Hockey Association) and New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) of the ECAC Hockey League.

The hometown Buckeye squad is bolstered by five NHL draft picks including sophomore forward Tom Fritsche who was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (47th overall) during the 2005 Entry Draft. Other NHL draft picks include Ian Keserich (Colorado 2004), Matt McIlvane (Ottawa 2004), Tyson Strachan (Carolina 2003) and Nate Guenin (NY Rangers 2002).

The game schedule follows:

Thursday, Dec. 29:
5 p.m. – Miami (Ohio) vs. Rensselaer
8 p.m. – Ohio State vs. Holy Cross

Friday, Dec. 30:
5 p.m. – Third place game
8 p.m. – Championship game

Tickets are $11 per day (includes facility fee) and include both games. Tickets may be purchased at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at or by phone at (614) 431-3600. Tickets are also available at the Blue Jackets Zones at the Chillers Dublin, Chiller Easton and Chiller North. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.

Click here for more information about upcoming events at Nationwide Arena or call (614) 246-2000. Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets and the AFL Columbus Destroyers, is an SMG-managed facility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, SMG provides facility services to more than 170 venues controlling over 1.46 million entertainment seats worldwide.

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