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Blue Jackets recall Markus Hannikainen from Cleveland Monsters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 2, 2018


COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen from the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.


Hannikainen, 24, has registered two goals and two assists for four points with six penalty minutes in 27 games with the Blue Jackets this season and has added 0-3-3 in seven contests with Cleveland.  He has notched 3-3-6 and 12 penalty minutes in 41 career NHL contests with Columbus and 26-34-70, 42 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating in 114 career AHL games with Lake Erie/Cleveland over the past three campaigns.  The Helsinki, Finland native was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jackets in April 2015.

Markus Hannikainen


The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the San Jose Sharks.  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




San Jose Sharks visit Blue Jackets tonight at 7 pm Nationwide Arena


One of the NHL’s top Western Conference teams, San Jose Sharks, will be in Columbus tonight to take on the Blue Jackets.

The Sharks are second in the Pacific Division behind the surprising & expansion Vegas Silver Knights with a record of 26-16-8, 60 points.

San Jose is 14-7-3 at home, 12-9-5 on the road and 12-2-3 in their division. They are loaded with stars, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, Chris Tierney, Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Their best player Joe Thornton is out with a knee injury.

They are 5-3-2 in the past 10 games. Power play is very potent, fifth in the NHL at 23%. Penalty kill is one of the best, second in the league at 84.1 percent. The Blue Jackets, who usually play well against this team, will find it a tough go to get 2 points.

Joe Thornton 2016 photo By mark6mauno, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Sharks.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2012–13 48 25 16 7 57 124 116 3rd, Pacific Lost in Conference Semi-finals, 3–4 (Kings)
2013–14 82 51 22 9 111 249 200 2nd, Pacific Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Kings)
2014–15 82 40 33 9 89 228 232 5th, Pacific Did not qualify
2015–16 82 46 30 6 98 241 210 3rd, Pacific Lost in Stanley Cup Finals, 2–4 (Penguins)
2016–17 82 46 29 7 99 221 201 3rd, Pacific Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Oilers)


Hall of Famers

Team captains

First-round draft picks

Devin Setoguchi was selected by the Sharks with the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft.


Franchise regular season scoring leaders

Recording 722 regular season assists as a Shark, Joe Thornton holds the all-time record for assists recorded with the team.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise regular season history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

  • *  – current Sharks player

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Patrick Marleau C 1,493 508 574 1,082 .72
Joe Thornton* C 914 215 722 937 1.03
Joe Pavelski* C 806 295 336 631 .78
Owen Nolan RW 568 206 245 451 .79
Logan Couture* C 504 179 197 376 .75
Jeff Friesen LW 516 149 201 350 .68
Brent Burns* D 426 115 201 316 .74
Jonathan Cheechoo RW 440 165 126 291 .66
Vincent Damphousse C 385 92 197 289 .75
Marco Sturm LW 553 128 145 273 .49
Player Pos G
Patrick Marleau C/LW 508
Joe Pavelski* C/RW 295
Joe Thornton* C 215
Owen Nolan RW 206
Logan Couture* C 179
Jonathan Cheechoo RW 165
Jeff Friesen LW 149
Marco Sturm LW 128
Brent Burns* D 115
Mike Ricci C 101
Player Pos A
Joe Thornton* C 722
Patrick Marleau C/LW 574
Joe Pavelski* C/RW 336
Owen Nolan RW 245
Brent Burns* D 201
Marc-Edouard Vlasic* D 201
Jeff Friesen LW 201
Dan Boyle D 201
Logan Couture* C 197
Vincent Damphousse C 197

Franchise playoff scoring leaders

With 48 playoff points, Dan Boylerecorded the most playoff points by any Sharks defensemen.

These are the top-ten playoff point-scorers in franchise playoff history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Sharks player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Patrick Marleau C/LW 177 68 52 120 0.68
Joe Thornton* C 125 21 84 105 0.84
Joe Pavelski* C/RW 111 42 41 83 0.75
Logan Couture* C 86 30 39 69 0.80
Dan Boyle D 62 11 37 48 0.77
Ryane Clowe LW 68 18 27 45 0.66
Vincent Damphousse C 53 15 23 38 0.72
Brent Burns* RW/D 53 12 24 36 0.68
Jonathan Cheechoo RW 58 16 19 35 0.60
Mike Ricci C 59 14 19 33 0.56
Player Pos G
Patrick Marleau C/LW 68
Joe Pavelski* C/RW 42
Logan Couture* C 30
Joe Thornton* C 21
Ryane Clowe LW 18
Jonathan Cheechoo RW 16
Vincent Damphousse C 15
Owen Nolan RW 15
Mike Ricci C 14
Devin Setoguchi RW 14
Player Pos A
Joe Thornton* C 84
Patrick Marleau C/LW 52
Joe Pavelski* C/RW 41
Logan Couture* C 39
Dan Boyle D 37
Ryane Clowe LW 27
Marc-Edouard Vlasic* D 26
Brent Burns* RW/D 24
Vincent Damphousse C 23
Igor Larionov C 21


NHL awards and trophies

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Presidents’ Trophy

Art Ross Trophy

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Calder Memorial Trophy

Hart Memorial Trophy

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Jonathan Cheechoo was awarded the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophyafter scoring 56 goals in the 2005–06 season.

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy

NHL Foundation Player Award

All-Star Game head coach

(* – traded from the Boston Bruins during the 2005–06 season)


All-Star Game selections

Year Player(s)
2017 Brent BurnsMartin JonesJoe Pavelski
2016 Brent BurnsJoe Pavelski
2015 Brent Burns
2012 Logan Couture
2011 Dan Boyle
2009 Dan BoylePatrick MarleauJoe Thornton
2008 Evgeni NabokovJoe Thornton
2007 Jonathan CheechooPatrick MarleauJoe Thornton
2004 Patrick Marleau
2003 Teemu Selanne
2002 Teemu SelanneVincent DamphousseOwen Nolan
2001 Evgeni NabokovMarcus Ragnarsson
2000 Owen Nolan
1999 Marco Sturm
1997 Tony GranatoOwen Nolan
1996 Owen Nolan
1994 Arturs IrbeSandis Ozolinsh
1993 Kelly Kisio
1992 Doug Wilson



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Daily Almanac for Friday, February 2, 2018: 33rd Day of 2018; 232 left in the year

A Groundhog is a rodent in the family of ground squirrels 2005 photo By Marumari at English Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0, https

Today is Groundhog Day

The observance of Groundhog Day in the United States first occurred in German communities in Pennsylvania, according to known records.

The earliest mention of Groundhog Day is a February 2, 1840 entry in the diary of James L. Morris of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, according to the book on the subject by Don Yoder. This was a Welsh enclave but the diarist was commenting on his neighbors who were of German stock.

Is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog (DeitschGrundsauGrunddaxDax) emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early.

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