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Blue Jackets sign center Alexandre Texier to three-year entry level contract

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(courtesy CBJ)

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alexandre Texier to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

 

Texier, 18, registered 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points with 38 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating, while averaging 13:23 of ice time in 53 games with KalPa of Finland’s top professional league (Liiga) in 2017-18.  In his first Liiga season, the club’s youngest player finished third in goals, fourth-T in game-winning goals (two), fifth-T in power play goals (two), sixth in penalty minutes and ninth in points.  He also added 1-1-2 and 25 penalty minutes in six playoff contests.

 

“Alexandre is a very smart, skilled player with a very good shot and extraordinary vision to make plays all over the ice,” said Kekalainen.  “He is a young player who had a very good rookie season with KalPa and we are excited to watch his continued development as he gets bigger and stronger physically.”

 

The Grenoble, France native notched 10-9-19 and 69 penalty minutes in 40 games with Grenoble in France’s top professional league in 2016-17 and was awarded the Jean-Pierre Graff Trophy as the league’s Best Young Player.  He added 5-5-10 and 12 penalty minutes in 12 postseason contests to help the club capture the French Cup championship.

 

Texier was selected by the Blue Jackets in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft.  He has represented France at various international tournaments, including posting 0-3-3 and 10 penalty minutes in seven contests at the recently completed 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark.  He also skated in the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Junior Division 1A Championships.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

 

NHL announces Blue Jackets to take on Sabres in 2018 Kraft Hockeyville USA game in Preseason matchup

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Clinton, New York to Host September 25, 2018 NHL Preseason Game

 

NEW YORK / TORONTO – Clinton, New York, the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018, will host the Buffalo Sabres® and Columbus Blue Jackets® NHL preseason game on September 25, 2018, Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The central New York historic village earned its designation as this year’s most spirited hockey community in America, $150,000 in rink upgrades and the opportunity to host the NHL matchup after amassing the most votes in the online Kraft Hockeyville USA™ 2018 contest.

 

“The Buffalo Sabres are excited to participate in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA game,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Playing in front of Clinton’s passionate hockey community in a rink like the ones many of our players grew up skating in will be a great experience for our players. We look forward to putting on a great show for the NHL fans of Central New York.”

 

“Our game is built on the foundation of local communities and its continued growth is a testament to the individuals and families who love and support hockey in those communities,” said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson.  “Kraft Hockeyville™ USA is a wonderful celebration of hockey’s grass roots and our club is thrilled to be going to Clinton, New York to play the Buffalo Sabres this September.”

 

Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community in Clinton, N.Y. After suffering a fire in 1949 and rebuilding from scratch six years later, this beloved gem has served generations of young hockey players for nearly 70 years. Cementing its history, Clinton Arena was proudly listed on the National Historic Register in 2010. While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 will go toward improvements to several features.

 

Since launching in 2006, Kraft Hockeyville™ has positively impacted more than 80 communities with over $4 million in rink upgrades across the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets to the preseason game are free and awarded to the winning community. Details on how to get tickets will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit www.KraftHockeyville.com. Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 can also be found on Facebook(KraftHockeyvilleUSA), Twitter (@HockeyvilleUSA), and Instagram (KraftHockeyvilleUSA). Fans can join the conversation using #HockeyvilleUSA.

 

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Blue Jackets to participate in Kraft Hockeyville ™ USA 2018 Preseason Game against Buffalo

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Columbus, Buffalo Sabres to face off in Clinton, New York on Tuesday, September 25

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres will face off in a preseason game in Clinton, New York, the Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 winning community, on Tuesday, September 25, the clubs, National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced tonight.

 

“Our game is built on the foundation of local communities and its continued growth is a testament to the individuals and families who love and support hockey in those communities,” said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson.  “Kraft Hockeyville is a wonderful celebration of hockey’s grass roots and our club is thrilled to be going to Clinton, New York to play the Buffalo Sabres this September.”

 

Clinton earned its designation as this year’s most spirited hockey community in America, $150,000 in rink upgrades and the opportunity to host the NHL matchupafter amassing the most votes in the online Kraft Hockeyville USA 2018 contest.  Clinton Arena is a staple of the local hockey community.  Following a fire in 1949, the arena was rebuilt six years later and has served young hockey players for nearly 70 years.  It was listed on the National Historic Register in 2010.  While the venue still has many of its original fixtures intact today, the prize money from Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 will be used to improve a number of features, including the arena’s roof, locker room and seating.

 

In addition to the rink upgrades – and with the support of Kraft Heinz – NHLPA Goals & Dreams, the players’ charitable grassroots hockey program, will donate new hockey equipment to select Kraft Hockeyville™ USA communities, giving more disadvantaged youth the opportunity to play hockey.  These donations continue the work of the players’ charitable initiative which for more than 18 years has assisted grassroots programs all around the world.  Since launching in 2006, KraftHockeyville™ has positively impacted more than 80 communities with over $4 million in rink upgrades across the U.S. and Canada.

 

Tickets to the preseason game are free and awarded to the winning community.  For more information, visit www.KraftHockeyville.com. Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018 can also be found on Facebook (KraftHockeyvilleUSA), Twitter (@HockeyvilleUSA), and Instagram (KraftHockeyvilleUSA).  Fans can join the conversation using #HockeyvilleUSA.

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 campaign are currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

Blue Jackets report defenseman Zach Werenski undergoes successful shoulder surgery

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Zach Werenski during CBJ season-ending exit interviews back in April (megasportsnews.com)

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski underwent successful surgery on May 3 to repair an injured shoulder, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.  The surgery was performed by Dr. Larry Watson, one of the club’s OhioHealth team physicians, at Orthopedic ONE in Columbus.  Full recovery is expected to take five to six months.

 

“Zach has been dealing with this injury since early in the season and while he was able to play through it, our medical team determined that surgery was the best option at this time,” said Kekalainen.  “The surgery went very well and the expectation is Zach will be ready to play by the start of the season or shortly thereafter.”

 

Werenski, 20, collected 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points with 16 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 77 games this season.  His 16 goals were a team record for goals by a defenseman, tied with teammate Seth Jones, and ranked fourth among NHL blueliners.  He ranked second on the club in time on ice at 22:34 and made his All-Star Game debut at Amalie Arena in Tampa in January.

 

The Grosse Pointe, Michigan native was an NHL All-Rookie Team selection and finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s most outstanding rookie in 2016-17 after he notched 11-36-47, 14 PIM and was +17 in 78 games.  The club’s first pick, eighth overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft, Werenski has registered 27-57-84, 30 PIM and is +25 in 155 career NHL games.

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

 

Blue Jackets announce signing of 2017 Sixth Round Draft pick Jonathan Davidsson

 

Johnathan Davidsson in action (courtesy CBJ)

GETS THREE-YEAR ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT

Davidsson was second-leading scorer for SHL’s Djurgårdens IF in 2017-18

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Jonathan Davidsson to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on May 4.

 

Davidsson, 21, recorded 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points with 12 penalty minutes, a +18 plus/minus rating and averaged 14:24 of ice time in 52 regular season games with Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2017-18 season.  He finished second on the club in assists, points and plus/minus (tied) and third in game-winning goals (three-tied).  He also added 4-4-8 and six penalty minutes, while averaging 17:02 of ice time in 11 playoff contests.

 

“Jonathan is a fast, skilled player who put up good numbers in the Swedish Hockey League this season,” said Kekalainen.  “He is a smart player and mature young man and we believe he has a very bright future with our organization.”

 

A native of Tyreso, Sweden, Davidsson has collected 13-30-43 with 30 penalty minutes and a +11 plus/minus rating in 108 career games with Djurgårdens IF (SHL) and has added 4-4-8 in 13 career playoff contests.  The 5-11, 185-pound winger has also collected 32-63-95, 64 penalty minutes and was +43 in 89 career games with Djurgårdens IF J20 of the SuperElit (Juniors).  In 2016-17, he notched 3-9-12 with 16 penalty minutes in 44 games in the SHL and added 5-7-12 in 11 contests in the SuperElit league.

 

Davidsson was selected by the Blue Jackets with the club’s sixth round pick, 170th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft.  He has represented Sweden in junior international competition, registering 9-19-28 and 20 penalty minutes in 59 contests.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

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