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Archive for June 21st, 2017

Blue Jackets announce 2017-18 Home Opener vs. Metro Division foe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 21, 2017

 

Complete 2017-18 season schedule slated to be released on Thursday

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will open the home portion of the 2017-18 regular season on Friday, October 6 against the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena, the club and National Hockey League announced today.  The remainder of the 2017-18 schedule is expected to be released on Thursday afternoon.

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 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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Blue Jackets place Goaltender Bobrovsky, Defenseman Werenski on NHL Postseason All-Star Teams

Sergei Bobrovsky playing a puck in 2013 By Leech44 - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Zach WerenskiBy Erik Drost CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 21, 2017

 

Bobrovsky named to First All-Star Team and Werenski named to All-Rookie Team

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team and defenseman Zach Werenski was selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team, the club and NHL announced tonight at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft held in Las Vegas.  Voting for both teams were conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

 

Bobrovsky, 28, captured his second-career Vezina Trophy as the league’s best netminder and was a finalist for the Hart Trophy after going 41-17-5 with a 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 63 games in 2016-17.  He led the NHL in GAA and SV% while ranking third in wins and shutouts (tied).  He joins Montreal’s Carey Price, who recorded 44 wins and a .933 SV% in 2014-15, as the only netminders to win 40 games and earn a .930 SV% in a single season in NHL history.  Along the way, he won 14-straight games from November 29 to January 3, tying the second-longest winning streak in NHL history.  Bobrovsky was named the NHL’s First Star for the month of December (12-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .939 SV%) and Second Star in March (9-1-1, 1.09 GAA, .967 SV%) and posted three-straight shutouts on March 2 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 5 at New Jersey and March 7 vs. New Jersey to tie a club record.  He also made his NHL All-Star Game debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in January.

 

The Novokuznetsk, Russia native also won the Vezina Trophy and was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team in 2012-13 after going 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA, .932 SV% and four shutouts in 38 games.  Since arriving in Columbus from the Philadelphia Flyers in a June 2012 trade, he has gone 139-84-20 with a 2.36 GAA, .923 SV% and 19 shutouts in 247 games.

 

Werenski, 19, finished as a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s best first-year player.  He led all rookie NHL defensemen in scoring with 11-36-47 with 14 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 78 games this past season.  His point total also stood seventh in overall rookie scoring, was 13th among all NHL defensemen, set a franchise record for points by a rookie and was the second-highest total by a blueliner in club history (51-James Wisniewski, 2013-14).  Historically, he tallied the sixth-most points by a teenage rookie defenseman in NHL history.

 

The Grosse Pointe, Michigan native is the fourth player to be named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in Blue Jackets history, joining defenseman Rostislav Klesla (2001-02), forward Rick Nash (2002-03) and goaltender Steve Mason (2008-09).  Werenski was Columbus’ first pick, eighth overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 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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Blue Jackets Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky earns second Vezina Trophy of career

Sergei Bobrovsky in goal with CBJ By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 21, 2017

 

28-year-old also won the award as NHL’s best goaltender in 2013

COLUMBUS, OHIO — For the second time in his career, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was awarded the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League’s most outstanding goaltender as voted by league general managers, the club and NHL announced tonight at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft held in Las Vegas.  He also won the award following the 2012-13 season.  Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens were the other two finalists.

 

Bobrovsky posted a 41-17-5 record, 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 63 games this season, leading the NHL in GAA and SV%, while ranking third in wins and shutouts (tied).  He joins Price, who recorded 44 wins and a .933 SV% with the Canadiens in 2014-15, as the only netminders to win 40 games and earn a .930 SV% in a single season in NHL history.  Along the way, he won 14-straight games from November 29 to January 3, tying the second-longest winning streak in NHL history.  He was named the NHL’s First Star for the month of December (12-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .939 SV%) and Second Star in March (9-1-1, 1.09 GAA, .967 SV%) and posted three-straight shutouts on March 2 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 5 at New Jersey and March 7 vs. New Jersey to tie a club record.  He also made his NHL All-Star Game debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in January.

 

The 28-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia won the Vezina Trophy in 2012-13 after going 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA, .932 SV% and four shutouts in 38 games.  Since arriving in Columbus from the Philadelphia Flyers in a June 2012 trade, he has gone 139-84-20 with a 2.36 GAA, .923 SV% and 19 shutouts in 247 games.

 

Bobrovsky is the first two-time finalist of a major NHL award in franchise history and the second Blue Jackets goaltender to be recognized for the Vezina.  Steve Mason finished second in the voting to winner Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins in 2008-09.  Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom was the third finalist that season.

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 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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Breakout year by Blue Jackets helps John Tortorella capture Jack Adams Award as Top NHL Head Coach for 2016-17

 

John Tortorella after win over Blues 11 12 2016 (megasportsnews.com photo)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 21, 2017

 

Tortorella becomes sixth coach in NHL history to win multiple Coach of the Year awards after also winning with Tampa Bay in 2003-04

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella was awarded the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to “the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success” as voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association, the club and NHL announced tonight at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft held in Las Vegas.  Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers were the other two finalists.

 

Tortorella led the Blue Jackets to the best season in the club’s 17-year history in 2016-17 with a 50-24-8 record and 108 points, which was the fourth-best record in the NHL.  The club’s 108 points was a 32-point turnaround from 2015-16 when Columbus finished with a 34-40-8 mark and 76 points.  This past season, the Blue Jackets ranked second in the League in goals-against average (2.35 per game), sixth in goals-for (3.01), ninth in penalty killing (83.3 percent) and 12th in power play efficiency (19.8 percent).  The club also boasted the third-best goal differential in the League at +54.

 

Tortorella joined the Blue Jackets on Oct. 21, 2015 and has led the club to an 84-57-16 record (.586 points percentage).  On Dec. 18, 2016, he became the first U.S.-born coach and the 24th in NHL history to record 500 wins in a 4-3 overtime victory at Vancouver.  The Boston native is the winningest U.S.-born coach in NHL history as he has compiled a 530-432-131 record (.545) in 1,093 games with Columbus, Vancouver, NY Rangers and Tampa Bay.

 

Tortorella is the sixth coach in NHL history to win multiple Jack Adams Awards, joining Pat Burns (1988-89, 1992-93 and 1997-98), Scotty Bowman (1976-77 and 1995-96), Jacques Demers (1986-87 and 1987-88), Jacques Lemaire (1993-94 and 2002-03) and Pat Quinn (1979-80 and 1991-92).  He previously won the award in 2003-04 after leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 46-22-14 record, Southeast Division title and a Stanley Cup championship.  Tortorella was runner-up for the Jack Adams Award in 2002-03 after guiding Tampa Bay to the first division title in club history with a 36-25-21 mark and in 2011-12 with the New York Rangers, whom he led to an Atlantic Division title with a 51-24-7 record.

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 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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Blue Jackets lose William Karlsson in expansion draft; trades David Clarkson, draft picks to Vegas Golden Knights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 21, 2017

 

2017 FIRST ROUND, 2019 SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICKS INCLUDED IN DEAL

COLUMBUS, OHIO — In exchange for selecting forward William Karlsson in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets have traded their 2017 first round pick, 24th overall, a second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and forward David Clarkson to the Vegas Golden Knights, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.

 

“We knew a player we didn’t want to lose was going to be taken in this year’s Expansion Draft, but our goal was to try to keep the core of our team intact,” said Kekalainen.  “While we didn’t want to lose William Karlsson as he has been a good player for us, we believe this deal keeps our core group together and gives us additional financial flexibility to build on the success we had last season.”

 

Karlsson, 24, collected 16-31-47 with 16 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 165 games since joining the Blue Jackets from the Anaheim Ducks via trade late in the 2014-15 season.  In 2016-17, he notched 6-19-25, 10 penalty minutes and was +10 in 81 games.

 

Clarkson, 33, collected 2-2-4 and 37 penalty minutes in 26 games after joining the Blue Jackets in a February 2015 trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He missed most of the 2015-16 season and all of the 2016-17 campaign due to a back injury.  He has 114-86-200 and 992 penalty minutes in 570 career NHL games with Columbus, Toronto and New Jersey.

 

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