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Blue Jackets management likes direction of club; gives head coach John Tortorella 2-year extension through 2020-21




John Tortorella says he and his wife really enjoy the Columbus community (photo by Stuart Mason)

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced last week.


Tortorella is the franchise’s all-time leader in wins and points percentage as he has guided Columbus to a 129-87-23 record (.588 points percentage) in 239 games since being named head coach on Oct. 21, 2015.  He has led the Blue Jackets to appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his first two full seasons behind the bench, marking the first back-to-back post-season berths in club history.


In 2016-17, he won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s Coach of the Year after Columbus posted the best record in franchise history with a 50-24-8 mark (108 pts.), including a 16-game winning streak from Nov. 29, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017 that fell one win shy of the NHL record of 17 set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.  Last season, the club went 45-30-7 (97 pts.), including 10 consecutive wins from Mar. 4-22, 2018.  Columbus became just the third team in league history to post winning streaks of 10-plus games in consecutive seasons, joining the Penguins (2010-11, 2011-12) and Philadelphia Flyers (1984-85 and 1985-86).


“Our team has been one of the winningest in the NHL over the past two seasons and John Tortorella has played a critical role in that success and in raising the level of our team’s play since his arrival,” said Kekalainen.  “His passion and commitment to being the best has permeated our team and we believe will lead to even greater success in the future.”


Tortorella, 60, has compiled a 575-462-138 record (.548) in 1,175 games with the Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.  He won his first Jack Adams Award in 2003-04 when he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to its second-straight Southeast Division title with a 46-22-14 record (106 pts.) en route to the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup championship.  The Boston native ranks first among U.S.-born coaches in NHL history in wins and on Dec. 18, 2016 became the 24th coach in NHL history to record 500 wins when the Blue Jackets beat the Canucks, 4-3, in overtime.  He currently ranks 19th on the NHL’s all-time wins list and is 18th in games coached.  Among active coaches, he ranks sixth in wins and fifth in games coached.


The Blue Jackets open their 18th training camp, presented by OhioHealth, on Thursday with medicals and fitness testing with the first day of on-ice activities scheduled for Friday at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.  The club hosts the Buffalo Sabres in the pre-season opener on Monday, September 17.  Game time is 7 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena.


‐ CBJ ‐


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


Blue Jackets reintroduces third jersey; will wear 12 times during 2018-19 season



COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today the return of its signature cannon logo jersey with the club wearing the new adidasadizero Authentic Pro NHL third jerseys for select games during the 2018-19 season. The Jackets will wear the alternate sweaters 12 times at home with the first game set for Thursday, Oct. 18 when the club hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide Arena.  The complete schedule follows:


Thursday Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday Nov. 15 vs. Florida Panthers

Thursday Nov. 29 vs. Minnesota Wild

Tuesday Dec. 4 vs. Calgary Flames

Monday Dec. 17 vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Thursday Dec. 20 vs. New Jersey Devils

Thursday Jan. 10 vs. Nashville Predators

Tuesday Jan. 29 vs. Buffalo Sabres

Saturday Feb. 2 vs. St. Louis Blues

Tuesday Feb. 12 vs. Washington Capitals

Tuesday Feb. 26 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Sunday Mar. 3 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Beginning today through Friday, Sept. 21, the men’s adidas adizero Authentic Pro jerseys, as well as adult and youth replica third jerseys, are on sale exclusively at FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line locations at Nationwide Arena and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing in suburban Columbus. All items on sale in the team stores are also available for purchase online at Third jerseys will be made more widely available at additional retail locations after this exclusive window.


The Blue Jackets introduced their third jersey logo during the 2010-11 season.  The featured mark reinforces the connection between the team name and its Civil War heritage, depicting the hockey club’s signature 1857 Napoleon cannon that fires each time the Blue Jackets score at Nationwide Arena.  The name “Columbus Blue Jackets” encircles the cannon in a ribbon inspired by Civil War medals, while a single star centered at the bottom of the crest signifies Columbus as Ohio’s capital.


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2018-19 regular season, including the Friday, October 5 home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, are on sale now.  To view the club’s complete 2018-19 schedule and find information on a variety of season ticket options, visit


Blue Jackets announce former players, Boll and Tyutin to join Hockey Operations Staff




Jared Boll 2014 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_6449, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Fedor Tyutin 2009 photo By Resolute - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

Boll named assistant development coach, while Tyutin joins club’s scouting staff


COLUMBUS, OHIO – Former Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has joined the National Hockey League club as an assistant development coach and former defenseman Fedor Tyutin will serve as a member of the club’s scouting staff, General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.


Boll, who spent the past two seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, retired following the 2017-18 campaign having registered 28 goals and 38 assists for 66 points with 1,298 penalty minutes in 579 games during his 11-year NHL career.  The 32-year-old spent nine seasons in Columbus, tallying 27-35-62 and 1,195 penalty minutes in 518 games from 2007-16.  He is the club’s all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks fourth in games played.


Born in Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Boll was selected by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 101st overall, at the 2005 NHL Draft.   After spending two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers from 2005-07, he made his NHL debut the following season and notched 5-5-10 and a career-high 226 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Jackets.  He set a career high in points with 4-10-14 in 75 games in 2008-09 and scored a career-best seven goals and added five assists for 12 points in 73 contests in 2010-11.


Tyutin, 35, amassed 55-209-264 and 548 penalty minutes in 872 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche from 2003-17.  He spent eight seasons with the Jackets from 2008-16, collecting 39-146-185 and 351 penalty minutes in 553 games.  Among defensemen, he ranks first in games played, goals and points and is second in assists and penalty minutes in Blue Jackets history.  His 553 games rank second on the club’s all-time list, trailing only Rick Nash’s 674 games.


Selected by the Rangers in the second round, 40th overall, at the 2001 NHL Draft, Tyutin was acquired by Columbus in a trade prior to the 2008-09 season.  He posted back-to-back 30-point campaigns with a career-high 9-25-34 in 82 games in 2008-09 and 6-26-32 in 80 outings in 2009-10.  A native of Izhevsk, Russia, he represented his country in numerous international competitions, including the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games.  He also captured gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Championships and 2002 and 2003 IIHF World Junior Championships.


Columbus opens preseason play tonight, hosting the Buffalo Sabres at Nationwide Arena.  The game is set for a 7 p.m. ET start and will be streamed and on the FOX Sports app with radio coverage on 1460 ESPN Radio.


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2018-19 regular season, including the Friday, October 5 home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes are on sale now.  Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 campaign are also currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting


CBJ announces all preseason games to be streamed on and the Fox Sports App



COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today the following television, streaming and radio broadcast information for the team’s eight-game preseason schedule:


Sept. 17 vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET –, FOX Sports app // 1460 ESPN Radio

Sept. 18 vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m. ET –, FOX Sports app // 1460 ESPN Radio

Sept. 21 at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET –, FOX Sports app // 1460 ESPN Radio

Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 3 p.m. ET – NHL Network // CD102.5

Sept. 23 vs. St. Louis Blues, 3 p.m. ET –, FOX Sports app // 1460 ESPN Radio

Sept. 25 at Buffalo Sabres*, 7 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network // 1460 ESPN Radio
*Kraft Hockeyville game played in Clinton, New York

Sept. 28 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. ET –, FOX Sports app // 1460 ESPN Radio

Sept. 29 at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET- NHL Network // CD102.5

Livestream coverage of the Blue Jackets’ home preseason games will feature the Nationwide Arena videoboard feed accompanied by the radio broadcast featuring play-by-play announcer Bob McElligott. It is available through the club’s NHL-defined broadcast territory, including most of Ohio and parts of Kentucky and West Virginia.


Hockey is Back! Blue Jackets host Buffalo to open preseason tonight! Prospects will get a good look in all games

The Blue Jackets are back and are ready to knock down that door that has kept them from advancing past the first round of the playoffs.

Several players answered that yearly question at the September 12 Media Day and are eager to prove they are worthy of making the playoffs again and getting a chance to advance.

The team just started training camp last Friday and are already playing exhibition games.

The games will be played very quickly with five between now and next Sunday: Buffalo tonight, Chicago Tuesday at home; Friday and Saturday on the road at St. Louis and Pittsburgh and Sunday back home against The Blues.

For the fans, do not expect all the usual star players to be on the roster every game. For example, in Monday’s game, there will only be 8 NHL players on the roster with Pierre-Luc Dubois, Brandon Dubinsky, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Sonny Milano, Markus Hannikainen, David Savard, Markus Nutivaara and Scott Harrington highlighting the veteran players. Your goalies will be Matiss Kivlenieks and Brad Thiessen.

The object during preseason is not necessary winning games but to evaluate the young prospects and to develop team chemistry. Thus, head coach John Tortorella will be watching the games from upstairs and will let the assistants handle the bench. ”I like watching, because I don’t know the prospects, and I want to give the assistants some time on the bench, too, to converse with the players in a different way, to feel that type of what that job is,” he said.

CBJ head coach John Tortorella says he will be watching in most exhibition games to evaluate the younger talent (photo by Stuart Mason)

The Buffalo Sabres will bring a few of their younger players to Columbus. Forward Tage Thompson, whom the Sabres acquired in an early July trade with St. Louis where they gave up center Ryan O’Reilly. The Sabres are also traveling with defenseman Taylor Fedun, forward prospect Alexander Nylander and veteran forward Patrik Berglund.


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