For the second day in a row, the Blue Jackets held their morning practice at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
In addition to the usual skaters, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky joined Joonas Korpisalo on the other end of the rink for practice. After having three goalies on the ice yesterday, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said the coaching staff wanted Bobrovsky to participate in a full practice session today as he continues to get back into game shape.
“We wanted to try to get Bob more of a full practice,” Tortorella said. “(Ian Clark, goaltending coach) has done a lot of individual stuff with Mac. We don’t want to isolate him too much, but we had a couple of days here and we were trying to get Bob a little time there to have his own net during practice."
Tortorella added that Curtis McElhinney skated earlier this morning.
It was an exciting scene in the locker room post-practice, as today’s media availability marked the first chance for media members to formally catch up with the players since the 2016 World Cup of Hockey rosters were announced.
So far, the Blue Jackets are well-represented with four players, including three on Team North America (the under-23 entry).
Bobrovsky was named to Russia’s roster while forward Brandon Saad and defensemen Ryan Murray and Seth Jones were among the first 16 players selected to represent Team North America.
The Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena will host Team USA's training camp. Additionally, the Blue Jackets and city of Columbus have another connection with the tournament, as the head coach of Team USA is none other than Tortorella.
Tortorella said he is focused on his own club right now, but added that announcing the roster was an exciting moment with the tournament only six months away.
“You’re so involved with your own team, but last night when we announced it and were on a conference call and all that...this is (a tournament with) the best players in the world and you have an opportunity to represent your country," he said. "I couldn’t be more excited. When the time comes, it’ll be crazy.
“For me just starting here and starting to get to know the people...for the area here, I hope they’re pumped up about it, because it’ll be a blast.”