COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have added four individuals to the club's hockey operations staff, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Former Blue Jackets forward Fredrik Modin has been named a special assistant to hockey operations and longtime NHL player Jarkko Ruutu has been hired as the club's first European development coach, while Blake Geoffrion and Rick Knickle have joined the club's scouting staff.
Modin registered 232 goals and 230 assists for 462 points with 453 penalty minutes in 898 career NHL games over 14 seasons from 1996-2011, including 39-46-85 and 110 penalty minutes in 176 games as a Blue Jacket from 2006-10. He added 14-12-26 and 42 penalty minutes in 57 career playoff games and helped the Tampa Bay Lightning capture the 2004 Stanley Cup championship. A native of Sundsvall, Sweden, he was selected by Toronto in the third round of the 1994 NHL Draft and is a member of the exclusive “Triple Gold Club” comprised of players who have won the three most prestigious championships in world hockey – Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and World Championships gold medal.
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