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by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

The fifth edition of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp began this afternoon with the blue team practicing from 3:30-5:30 p.m., before finishing the evening with an off-ice work out with new head strength and conditioning coach, Barry Brennan. Brennan has been working with the Jackets since the organization’s inaugural season, primarily working with players at Columbus’ minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Brennan’s off-ice workout program consists of conventional weight training, aerobic development, and Olympic Weight Lifting. The focus during the weight-training component is to acquaint each player to new and applicable weight lifting techniques, pertaining specifically to hockey. This also involves integrating speed, agility, and quickness drills in order to maximize the player’s required flexibility and muscle coordination. Training methods include Speed Strength, Maximal Strength, and Strength Endurance techniques.

In the aerobic component, each player’s aerobic base will be extended and strengthened through assorted forms of cardiovascular exercise. This element of in-season training is crucial. This is what keeps the players effective in critical late-game and overtime situations.

The final component is Olympic Weight Lifting. This teaches the player how to recruit and use the maximum number of muscle fibers—explosively and simultaneously, and in an integrated and coordinated fashion—during decisive game situations. These drills are crucial to improving and maximizing the player’s ability to accelerate, to give and receive body checks, and to instantly change direction and speed in real time.


Team Red and Team White opened the camp with first game of the Training Camp Tournament this evening, a free event open to the public inside Nationwide Arena, a 4-2 win by Team White.

Rick Nash scored a pair of goals for Team Red, while Nikolai Zherdev and David Vyborny countered with goals for Team White. Mark Hartigan led the White Team with a goal and two assists.

Nash scored in the opening two minutes of the contest, after Joe Motzko, who sped past the White Team defenders on a breakaway, backhanded a centering pass that Nash corralled, and beat Marc Denis to his right for a 1-0 Red advantage. The White Team evened the score at 19:15, as David Vyborny scored off assists from Hartigan and Kirill Starkov.

The White Team took the lead four minutes later when Nikolai Zherdev pounded home a rebound for a 2-1 lead. Greg Mauldin added a one-timer on an assist from Peter Sarno, to give the White Team some breathing room, at 3-1 heading into the break.

Hartigan added to the White Team lead, scoring off assists from Vyborny and Starkov at 74:21. At the end of the second period, the White Team held a 4-3 advantage on penalties, awarding the Red Team a penalty shot. Nash took the shot and beat Denis over his right shoulder to account for the final score.


Team / 1-2-F

/ 1-1-2

White / 3-1-4


Score (Per., Time) Goal Scorer (Assists)

0-1 (1, 2:15) Nash (Motzko)

1-1 (1, 19:15) Vyborny (Hartigan, Starkov)

2-1 (1, 23:55) Zherdev (Suchy, Hartigan)

3-1 (1, 26:40) Mauldin (Sarno)

4-1 (2, 74:21) Hartigan (Vyborny, Starkov)

4-2 (2, n/a) Nash (penalty shot)



Hartigan 1-2-3

Vyborny 1-1-2

Starkov 0-2-2

Zherdev 1-0-1

Mauldin 1-0-1

Suchy 0-1-1

Sarno 0-1-1


Nash 2-0-2

Motzko 0-1-1

Coach Gerard Gallant comments on today’s scrimmage

On what it’s like to be back…

“It’s exciting to be back out there. We’ve waited 18 months for this. It’s exciting to see your young guys out there with your veterans back on the ice again. It’s a little different, but it’s good to be back at it.”

On trimming the roster down…

“The cuts are going to be tough. We are going to cut some guys who should be in the NHL. We have some depth. We have some young guys who are knocking on the door. I am not concerned about the cuts just yet, it’s the last couple of weeks where we’ll make some decisions.”

On the preparation for Sunday’s first preseason game against Buffalo…

“We have to get to game speed. We are in five day mode getting ready for Buffalo. We have to work hard, compete and get ready. All the players came in to camp in top shape. We had our physicals yesterday (Monday) and all of them looked good.”

Some notes from the day:

• RW Bill Lindsay was added to the roster, and will join the Blue Team during the intra-squad tournament. The 6-foot, 195-pound Lindsay, spent the 2003-04 campaign with the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL, where he appeared in 32 games, posting 9-14-23. Lindsay is an NHL veteran of 777 games played with the Quebec Nordiques, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens and most recently with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2003-04. The Fernie, British Columbia native, has posted 83-141-224 for his NHL career. In 1995-96, Lindsay played for CBJ President/General Manager Doug MacLean, during the Florida Panthers’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals. For his career, Lindsay has played in 42 Stanley Cup Playoff games, scoring 7-8-15.

• Right winger Tim Konsorada, will not be reporting to camp, as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery in June.
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