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Blue Jackets celebrating NHL Green Month with many Community, Fundraising Initiatives




COLUMBUS, OH — The Columbus Blue Jackets join the National Hockey League in promoting environmental sustainability during NHL Green Month in March. The club invites fans to participate in the following themed events and fundraisers in the coming weeks:


Green Jersey Raffle: In recognition of both NHL Green and St. Patrick’s Day, the Blue Jackets Foundation will raffle off a complete set of authentic, individually autographed green jerseys with proceeds benefiting the Blue Jackets Foundation’s playground build initiative. The players will wear the Shamrock-adorned jerseys during pre-game warm-ups on Saturday, March 17. Raffle sales open Friday, March 9 and run through the second intermission of the March 17 game. Fans can text CBJAUCTION to 52182 or visit to participate. Raffle tickets, priced at $10, can also be purchased in-arena. All winners will be notified on March 18.


Recycle the Game Equipment Collection: Throughout the month of March, fans are encouraged to donate used hockey equipment at the Recycle the Game “green goal” located in the lobby of the OhioHealth Ice Haus. In exchange for donations, fans will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to the Blue Jackets-Red Wings game on April 3. All equipment collected will be sold at the Blue Jackets Foundation’s annual equipment sale in September with proceeds being reinvested back into youth hockey in central Ohio.


Recycled Auction Items: For each home game this month, the Blue Jackets Foundation’s online auction will feature at least one item that has been recycled, reused or repurposed. Offerings range from traditional game-used equipment to custom items made from broken sticks, rink glass, recycled jerseys and hockey socks. Proceeds from these items will help fund the Foundation’s playground builds.


The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Colorado Avalanche. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m.  All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via FOX Sports GO.  The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at

Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at,, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.  Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.





Blue Jackets assign goalie Jeff Zatkoff to Cleveland Monsters



Jeff Zatkoff with Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014 By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https



COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  Zatkoff was added to the roster on emergency recall on Tuesday.


Zatkoff, 30, has gone 18-21-4 with a 2.72 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and one shutout in 48 career NHL games with the Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Los Angeles’ third round selection, 74th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft, Zatkoff was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Kings on January 22 for future considerations.  He appeared in 13 games with Los Angeles in 2016-17, going 2-7-1 with a 2.95 GAA and .879 SV%.  He made his NHL debut in 2013-14 and went 12-6-2 with a 2.61 GAA, .912 SV% and one shutout in 20 games with Pittsburgh.  His lone shutout was a 19-save effort in a 3-0 win at Columbus on Nov. 2, 2013.


The Detroit, Michigan native is 2-3-1 with a 3.56 GAA, .863 SV% and one shutout in seven games with the Monsters this season.  He has gone 100-85-7 with a 2.48 GAA, .913 SV% and 17 shutouts in 215 career AHL games with the Monsters, Ontario Reign, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Manchester Monarchs since making his pro debut in 2008-09.  Prior to turning pro, Zatkoff played three seasons at Miami University from 2005-08.



Blue Jackets slow down record-setting expansion Vegas Golden Knights in 4-1 win









Columbus Blue Jackets Post-Game Notes

Columbus Blue Jackets (4) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (1)

March 6, 2018 – Nationwide Arena (17,402)





*It only took 16 seconds for the Blue Jackets to take the lead in their rematch with the Golden Knights, who completely dominated Columbus in a 6-3 win back on Jan. 23 in Las Vegas.

*Defenseman Zach Werenski’s goal was one of the record-breaking type. It moved the former Michigan Wolverines star past defense partner Seth Jones (2016-17) and Bryan Berard (2005-06) on the franchise list of most goals by a Blue Jackets defenseman in a single season.

*With the win, the Jackets picked up points 72 and 73 on the season. Those points were huge in the playoff race for the Blue Jackets, who kept control of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Columbus picked up a point on the Panthers, who have 71 points, because Florida lost on the road in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-4. The Panthers had come back to tie the game at 4-4. Plus, the Jackets pushed their lead over the Carolina Hurricanes, who have 69 points, by four after they lost on the road to the Minnesota Wild, 6-1.

*The winning goalie last night was Joonas Korpisalo. He played due to Sergei Bobrovsky being sick. Korpi was solid last night. Only allowed one goal to one of the NHL’s most explosive offensive teams. The CBJ backup goaltender has not had many games top performances lately as he has allowed 5 goals in a game three times and 4 goals once and had a very bad record of 1-4-0 in those games. His teammates have complete faith in him however. LW Pierre-Luc Dubois said last night, “Korpi needed this game and we needed to play well in front of him. Yes, he has had some bad games, but we haven’t always played well to help him out to get the winning result.”


Goal Scorers
Columbus: A. Panarin (21), Z. Werenski (13), I. Cole (4), EN – P. Dubois (15)
Vegas: E. Haula (24)



Columbus: J. Korpisalo (37 Saves, W)                          Vegas: M. Fleury (17 Saves, L)

Game Summary:

Event Summary:


  • The Blue Jackets split the season series with the Golden Knights (1-1-0) with each team recording seven goals.
  • Columbus, which began a four-game homestand, won at Nationwide Arena for the third-straight time and the 15th time in the last 24 contests (15-7-2).
  • The Blue Jackets scored 16 seconds into the first period, their fastest goal to start a game this season (previous: Josh Anderson, 30 seconds 12/9/17 vs. ARI).
  • Columbus scored the first goal for the fifth-straight game and improved to 24-10-4 when scoring first this season.  The club also improved to 21-3-2 when leading after two periods this season, including a 13-0-0 record at Nationwide Arena.
  • The Blue Jackets were two-for-two on the penalty kill and have killed nine of their last 10 (90%) penalties at home.  They have killed off all eight penalties in the past three contests overall.


  • Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded his first career three-point game (1-2-3) and seventh multi-point game of the season.  He has 2-4-6 in his last six contests.  The rookie’s 15 goals rank third for a Blue Jackets rookie in a single season while his 35 points rank fourth and his 20 assists rank fifth.
  • LW Artemi Panarin recorded his fifth game with three or more points (1-2-3) this season and has 6-6-12 in his last nine games.  He has recorded at least one point in 11 of the last 14 contests and leads the Blue Jackets with 12 multi-point games this season.
  • Zach Werenski scored his 13th goal of the season and has 2-2-4 in his last four games.  With the goal, he passed Seth Jones (2016-17) and Bryan Berard (2005-06) for the most goals in a single season by a Blue Jackets defenseman.
  • Ian Cole scored his fourth goal of the season and first as a member of the Blue Jackets (1-1-2 in past two contests).  Three of his four goals this season have come against the Golden Knights.
  • David Savard recorded his eighth assist of the season and led all skaters with three blocked shots.
  • Alexander Wennberg notched his 19th assist of the season and finished the season series with 0-2-2 in two games against Vegas.
  • RW Cam Atkinson recorded his 15th assist of the season and seventh point (3-4-7) in the last six games.
  • Nick Foligno won 10-of-14 (71%) faceoffs and blocked two shots.
  • Joonas Korpisalo won his second-straight home game and has a 0.96 GAA and .973 save percentage over the two contests.  He improved to 5-2-0 at Nationwide Arena this season, posting a 2.27 GAA and .931 save percentage while allowing two or less goals in six of seven starts.


Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Ian Cole | Pierre-Luc Dubois | Joonas Korpisalo | Zach Werenski

Golden Knights:

Coach Gerard Gallant | Erik Haula | David Perron



Thursday, March 8 vs. Colorado Avalanche, Nationwide Arena, 7:00 p.m. ET – FOX Sports Ohio / 97.1 The Fan. It will be the finale of the two-game season series, with Colorado looking to sweep after defeating the Blue Jackets 2-0 on Jan. 4  in Denver. The Jackets being in the Eastern Conference, play the Western Conference teams only twice in a home-and-home.







Blue Jackets bring back popular, productive Mark Letestu in trade with Nashville


Mark Letestu with CBJ in 2012 By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https


Letestu collected 43-55-98 and 36 penalty minutes in 233 games with Columbus from 2011-15


COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Mark Letestu from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2018 fourth round selection, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  The former Blue Jacket was acquired by the Predators earlier in the day in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.


Letestu, 33, has recorded 92 goals and 114 assists for 206 points with 90 penalty minutes in 538 career NHL games with the Oilers, Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins.  He has registered six seasons with 10 or more goals and 24 or more points and added 6-9-15 and two penalty minutes in 30 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests.


The Elk Point, Alberta native has notched 8-11-19 with 10 penalty minutes and three power play goals in 60 games with Edmonton this season.  In 2016-17, he posted NHL career highs in goals, points and power play goals with the Oilers, collecting 16-19-35, 17 penalty minutes and 11 power play tallies in 78 games.


“Mark is a very good player who will bring versatility and experience to our lineup.  He can play on the power play, kill penalties and is very good in the faceoff circle,” said Kekalainen. “He is also a person of very high character who made an impact on and off the ice during his previous time here and we are very happy to bring him back to Columbus.”


Letestu spent four seasons with the Blue Jackets from 2011-15, recording 43-55-98 and 36 penalty minutes in 233 games.  He tallied three-straight campaigns of 10 or more goals and 24 or more points, including 12-22-34 in 82 games in 2013-14 to help the Blue Jackets reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He was originally acquired by Columbus in a trade from Pittsburgh on Nov. 8, 2011.  Signed by the Penguins as a free agent in March 2007, he spent the 2006-07 season at Western Michigan University and was named the CCHA Rookie of the Year after posting 24-22-46 and 14 penalty minutes in 37 contests.



CBJ assigns Zac Dalpe to Cleveland Monsters

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Zac Dalpe to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.


Dalpe, 28, made his Blue Jackets debut on Oct. 6 vs. the New York Islanders and has registered 13 penalty minutes in 12 games this season.  He has also posted 9-14-23 with 28 penalty minutes in 28 games with Cleveland.  He has posted 12-12-24 and 36 penalty minutes in 140 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes since making his NHL debut in 2010-11.  The Paris, Ontario native has added 106-107-213, 126 penalty minutes and is +5 in 298 career AHL games with the Monsters, Iowa Wild, Rochester Americans, Utica Comets, Charlotte Checkers and Albany River Rats.  Claimed off waivers by Columbus from Minnesota on Feb. 27, 2017, Dalpe was originally Carolina’s second round pick, 45th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.




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