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Archive for May 18th, 2019

Crew SC visits Minnesota United FC tonight at 8 PM

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Logan Agin; COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (5-7-1, 16 pts.) travels to face Minnesota United FC (4-4-3, 15 pts.) at Allianz Field tomorrow, Saturday, May 18.The match begins at 8:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on SportsTime Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Ben Bowe on the call. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against Minnesota United FC is the lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019 and is Crew SC’s first visit to Minnesota’s new venue.

Columbus Crew SC (5-7-1, 16 pts.) travels to the new Allianz Field this weekend when they take on Minnesota United FC on Saturday, May 18. The stadium opened just a month ago and the Black & Gold are looking to capitalize on the new environment.

The Crew are coming off of a 3-0 loss against LAFC at home but are looking forward to the opportunity that comes with this next match.

Minnesota United FC (4-4-3, 15 pts.) is currently sitting in sixth in Western Conference. They are coming off of a 2-0 loss at the Chicago Fire on Saturday, May 11. The Loons held possession for a majority of the match (52%) but were not able to create many chances in the match as they got only five shots with two on target for the entire match.

Minnesota has scored 19 goals this season, the fifth most in the League. Their goal production is led by Darwin Quintero with five goals on the season, four of which have been from the penalty spot. He is followed by Angelo Rodriguez with four and Romario Ibarra with two.

 

Allianz Field (courtesy Minnesota United FC)

 

 

 

John Davidson explains why he is going home to the NY Rangers

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

MAY 17, 2019

 

John Davidson (file photo)

STATEMENT FROM JOHN DAVIDSON

“It has been my great pleasure and honor to serve as the president of hockey operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets and I offer my sincerest thanks to the ownership group led by John P. McConnell, Mike Priest and all of the great people I have had the pleasure of working with over the past seven years.  I also want to thank our fans and the people of this community who have been so kind to my family and me during our time here.  Columbus is truly special place.

 

“I have come to love this organization and the city.  There was only one opportunity that I would’ve considered leaving for, and the one before me now is that opportunity as I spent 30 years with the Rangers as a player and broadcaster and have strong ties to that team and the city of New York.

 

“I am extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the past seven years and know that one of the challenges before me now will be competing against this group moving forward.  On behalf of my wife, Diana, and our family, I offer my sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of you for allowing us to be Blue Jackets and call Columbus home.”

 

Blue Jackets management thank John Davidson for his work in making team a Stanley Cup contender

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

MAY 17, 2019

 

STATEMENTS FROM COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS OWNER JOHN P. McCONNELL AND PRESIDENT MIKE PRIEST

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The following is a statement from Columbus Blue Jackets President Mike Priest:

 

“The New York Rangers recently sought permission from our organization to speak with John Davidson about serving as their team president.  That permission was granted and today John has resigned his position as the president of hockey operations and alternate governor with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

“Personally, I want to thank J.D. for his friendship and the many contributions that he and his wife, Diana, have made to the Blue Jackets and throughout our community.  He helped us forge a winning culture based on preparation, hard work, accountability and honesty.  He set the tone and hired talented people that put in place a plan to build the Blue Jackets through the draft and player development with the end goal being a team that could

John Davidson (file photo)

compete and have success at the highest-level on a yearly basis.

 

“The winning culture that now is entrenched in all of us will continue under the direction of Jarmo Kekalainen, who will now serve as an alternate governor in addition to general manager, and the leaders within our hockey operations department.  We remain committed to improving on the successes we’ve had in recent seasons with the goal of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to Columbus.”

 

STATEMENT FROM BLUE JACKETS OWNER/GOVERNOR JOHN P. McCONNELL

“When we hired John Davidson in October 2012, I said I thought he was the perfect person to lead our hockey operations efforts.  Nearly seven years later, I believe I was right.  He joined our team at a very difficult time and led a transformation that has resulted in consistent winning and appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.   J.D. is a man of great character and compassion and I completely understand his interest in the unique opportunity before him.  I know leaving Columbus is a difficult decision for him as he has a genuine love of our community and organization, but the possibility of returning to his roots in New York, where he spent three decades as a player and broadcaster, is an extraordinary circumstance for him and his family.

 

“On behalf of my family, our ownership group and the entire Blue Jackets organization, I want to thank J.D. and wish him, Diana and their family nothing but the best in the years to come.”


 

Crew SC continues dealing in trade with Nashville SC

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS CREW SC ACQUIRES GENERAL AND TARGETED ALLOCATION MONEY IN TRADE WITH NASHVILLE SC
Black & Gold complete transaction – effective Jan. 1, 2020 – with 2020 Major League Soccer expansion side Nashville SC

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC announced this week that the club has finalized a trade with 2020 Major League Soccer expansion side Nashville SC. Effective January 1, 2020, midfielder David Accam will be traded to Nashville SC. In exchange, Crew SC will receive $450,000 in Allocation Money – specifically 350,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).

David Accam

The finalized transaction, agreed upon as part of the close of the 2019 primary transfer window, ensures Accam will remain a part of the Crew SC roster for the remainder of the 2019 season before joining Nashville ahead of its inaugural season in MLS. Crew SC initially acquired Accam from the Philadelphia Union on May 8 in exchange for $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $400,000 in General Allocation Money and an International Roster Spot for the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

“As part of the several transactions at the close of the primary transfer window, this transaction not only benefits us for the 2019 season in having David a part of our attack on our roster, but it also allows us the long-term roster flexibility by restoring significant allocation money for future use,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko.

Crew SC begins a stretch of two consecutive road matches against Western Conference opponents, beginning with a visit to Allianz Field to face Minnesota United on Saturday, May 18 [8:00 p.m. ET / SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com(Spanish)].

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC finalized a trade with 2020 Major League Soccer expansion side Nashville SC. Effective January 1, 2020, midfielder David Accam will be traded to Nashville SC. In exchange, Crew SC will receive $450,000 in Allocation Money – specifically 350,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). The transaction, agreed upon as part of the close of the 2019 primary transfer window, ensures Accam will remain a part of the Crew SC roster for the remainder of the 2019 season before joining Nashville ahead of its first season in MLS. The announcement was made on May 16, 2019.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

Blue Jackets sign 2017 draft pick Emil Bemström to entry level contract

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Emil Bemström 2019 photo by Rolandhino1 - Own work via wikipedia commons

Fourth round pick Bemstrom was top goal scorer in the Swedish Hockey League in 2018-19

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Emil Bemstrom to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced earlier this week.  Bemstrom was selected by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 117th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.

 

Bemstrom, 19, recorded 23 goals and 12 assists for 35 points with eight penalty minutes, 10 power play goals and a +10 plus/minus rating, while averaging 13:46 of ice time in 47 games with Djurgardens IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2018-19.  He led the league in goals and power play goals and captured the SHL’s Rookie of the Year and Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year awards after leading all rookies in goals, points and power play goals.  His 23 goals were tied with Tomas Sandstrom (1982-83), Peter Forsberg (1992-93) and Patric Hornqvist (2006-07) for the third-most by a teenager in a season in league history, trailing only Kent Nilsson (28, 1975-76) and Elias Pettersson (24, 2017-18).  He added 5-5-10 in 19 playoff games to help the club advance to the SHL final.

 

The Nykoping, Sweden native has notched 23-12-35, eight penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 52 career SHL appearances with Djurgardens IF and Leksands IF, including a five-game stint with Leksands in 2016-17.  He spent the 2017-18 campaign with the Leksands organization, collecting 8-7-15 in 33 games with the men’s club (Allsvenskan) and 12-13-25 in 18 outings with the junior team (SuperElit).

 

The 5-10, 181-pound winger has represented Sweden at several international competitions.  He was named a top three player for his country at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships after collecting 4-2-6 in five appearances.

 

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 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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