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Blue Jackets select Three players on Day 2 of 2019 NHL Draft


Jackets select two forwards, one defenseman over two days in Vancouver


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up the 2019 National Hockey League Draft by selecting three players during rounds two through seven on Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.


The Blue Jackets acquired two fourth-round picks, 104th and 114th overall, from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the club’s third-round selection (81stoverall).  Columbus chose defenseman Eric Hjorth with the team’s first fourth-round pick, 104th overall.  The 18-year-old Landvetter, Sweden native missed the majority of the 2018-19 campaign due to an injury and registered four goals and three assists for seven points and two penalty minutes in four games split between Linkoping HC’s Under-18 and junior teams.  He added 2-1-3 in six games in the Under-18 Allsvenskan postseason.  The 6-3, 192-pound blueliner recorded 10-19-29, 22 penalty minutes and was +17 in 45 games split between three Linkoping HC teams in 2017-18, including 1-0-1 in six outings with the club’s junior squad (SuperElit).


With their second fourth-round pick, 114th overall the Blue Jackets selected 18-year-old forward Dmitri Voronkov.  The Angarsk, Russia native made his Kontinental Hockey League debut in 2018-19, skating in three games with Ak Bars Kazan.  He added 7-7-14 and 49 penalty minutes in 50 appearances with Bars Kazan in Russia’s second-highest professional league (VHL) and 1-1-2 and 33 penalty minutes in three games with Irbis Kazan in Russia’s junior league (MHL).  The 6-4, 190-pound forward skated in 14 games for Yermak Angarsk (VHL) and tallied 27-23-50 and 50 penalty minutes in 19 games with Angarsk U18 in Russia’s U18 league in 2017-18.


With their final selection of this year’s draft, the Blue Jackets selected Windsor Spitfires center Tyler Angle in the seventh round, 212th overall.  The 18-year-old notched 20-24-44 and 34 penalty minutes in 58 Ontario Hockey League games in 2018-19.  The 5-10, 167-pound native of Thorold, Ontario has totaled 32-33-65 and 82 penalty minutes in 166 career OHL games with the Spitfires from 2016-19.  In 2017-18, he registered 10-7-17 and 42 penalty minutes in 67 appearances with the club.


Blue Jackets Draft Recap: Rd 4 (104) – Eric Hjorth, D (Linkoping HC/SuperElit)… Rd 4 (114) – Dmitri Voronkov, F (Bars Kazan/VHL)… Rd 7 (212) – Tyler Angle, C (Windsor/OHL).


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



Atlantic 10 Conference announces Men’s Basketball Pairings for 2019-20 Season

All Four Teams From Last Year’s Post-Season Will Play At UD Arena

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the sixth straight year, the Atlantic 10 Conference will play an 18-game conference men’s basketball schedule as the league announced the 2019-20 schedule pairings on Thursday.


The University of Dayton men’s basketball team play Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and VCU home-and-home, and will also host Davidson, Fordham, George Washington and St. Bonaventure.  Dayton will visit George Mason, La Salle, Richmond and Saint Joseph’s.


The other three teams that played in the 2019 post-season – Davidson, Saint Louis and VCU – will visit UD Arena in 2019-20.  The Flyers will also play host to six of the other seven teams to win at least 18 games last year.  This will be the 50th anniversary season of the University of Dayton Arena, which hosted its first game on Dec. 6, 1969.


The complete 2019-20 conference schedule with dates and times as well as national television information will be released later in the year.


The 2020 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be played March 11-15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Dayton improved by seven wins in Anthony Grant’s second season as the Dayton head coach, finishing 21-12 and reaching the NIT.  UD was third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 13-5 record.  Dayton was second in the nation as a team in field goal percentage (.504, 902-1789).  That was also the best single-season FG% in school history.


The Flyers return three starters and will add five veteran redshirts in 2019-20.   Included in the starters are All-Atlantic 10 performers Obi Toppin (2019 Rookie of the Year and First Team All-A-10), and junior guard Jalen Crutcher (Third Team All-A-10).  Also returning are 2018-19 co-captains Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell.


Home: Davidson, Fordham, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU

Away:  George Mason, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU



Blue Jackets find out opening game opponent for 2019-20 season

Complete 2019-20 season schedule slated to be released on Tuesday

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will open the 2019-20 regular season on Friday, October 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena, the club and National Hockey League announced today.  The remainder of the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 schedule is expected to be released on Tuesday afternoon.

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





Blue Jackets to host Block Party for fans, Friday, June 28, 2019 on McConnell Plaza

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to enjoy some summer hockey and a block party on McConnell Plaza, next to the Big Lots Box Office!, on Friday, June 28 from 3-6 p.m.


CBJ Block Party on the arena’s west plaza will feature free activities and entertainment around the annual 3-on-3 tournament in the OhioHealth Ice Haus to close out the Jackets’ development camp featuring several of the club’s top prospects. The 3-on-3 games begin at 4 p.m. while the party on the plaza will continue.


CBJ Block Party attractions will include interactive games, giveaways, music and the CBJ Mobile Tour Truck that is equipped with video games, a hockey equipment try-on station and a replica locker room photo area. Food and drink will be available for purchase.


Visit for a complete schedule of Development Camp on-ice training sessions that are free and open to the public June 25-28. The players participating in this year’s camp will feature club prospects and players selected in the 2019 NHL Draft, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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



NHRA Pro Mod driver Bob Rahaim looking to keep momentum going at NHRA Norwalk Nationals


Bob Rahaim (courtesy NHRA)

NORWALK, Ohio – Bob Rahaim had a season’s worth of misfortune in a string of just a few races, knowing full well his team had not yet put their best foot forward during the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season. That all changed last week in Bristol and the veteran is hopeful that momentum continues this weekend at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park as part of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

After not qualifying at two races earlier in the year, Rahaim advanced to the final round in his nitrous-powered Technical Logistics Corporation Camaro, jumping from 16th all the way to eighth in points. Now racing close to home, Rahaim, who has two career wins and six final round appearances in the class, has no plans of slowing down after finally getting things to go his way.

“We had struggled a little,” Rahaim said. “We’ve just had all sorts of stuff come up. Going to the final in Bristol was really an uplifting moment and a confidence builder, and hopefully we build on that going into Norwalk. Whether it’s by luck or whatever, you start stumbling onto stuff and start righting the ship. People that we have on our team are persistent, they’re knowledgeable and they’re just not going to give up. That’s the mark of a good group of people, when everything is going wrong and everybody can maintain a reasonable amount of composure.”

The race, which is presented by Plochman’s Mustard, is the eighth of 12 events during the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season and will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and Fox Sports 2 (FS2). Three-time world champion Rickie Smith is the defending winner of the event, but Rahaim has enjoyed his share of success at the track, which is two hours from his Grosse Point, Mich. home. It includes a No. 1 qualifier and runner-up appearance in 2016, which ironically enough, was preceded by a finals appearance in Bristol.

Rahaim can only hope to repeat that after knocking off defending world champion Mike Janis and former world champ Khalid alBalooshi en route to the finals last weekend. It was a welcome turnaround for Rahaim and his team, which is led by crew chief Chris Bell. They took over their own engine program but struggled through an array of issues before breaking through in Bristol. Through the frustrating times, Rahaim was impressed with how his team kept pushing forward.

“We’ve run well in Norwalk before and I’m confident we can again,” Rahaim said. “I think we’re on the right track again. We’ve found more power, but things happen sometimes. This combination, it’s been around forever and I just couldn’t give up on it, personally. There’s still some untapped potential there. The nitrous combo is definitely a consistent combination on a hot racetrack.”

He’ll be challenged in Norwalk by a massive field that includes Jose Gonzalez, who knocked off Rahaim in the Bristol final round, as well as points leader Stevie “Fast” Jackson, Sidnei Frigo, Todd Tutterow, Erica Enders and Chad Green. But after posting a career-best 5.713-seconds at 250.78 mph to open the year in Gainesville, Rahaim still sees plenty of possibilities in his nitrous combination. Having it come together in Norwalk would be an ideal scenario.

“I’m really excited about this weekend,” Rahaim said. “We’ve got a lot of local people pulling for us, and I’m excited about that aspect of it, if nothing else. But we’ve had success at the track and it’s one of my favorite places to race. We’re looking forward to it.”

Plochman’s Mustard is the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race in Bristol, as the class finishes a stretch of three straight race weekends. Featuring the world’s fastest doorslammer race cars, the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars.

For more than 150 years, Plochman, Inc. has created a legacy of high-quality mustards with a variety of different flavor innovations over the years.

“Plochman’s is excited to partner with the Real Pro Mod Association to promote our premium mustard to thousands of fans attending the NHRA race in Norwalk, as well as those who watch the TV broadcast,” Plochman’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rodney Naylor said. “Plochman’s Mustard makes grilling season and any outdoor event better by bringing the bold flavor you crave. Be sure to add it to your shopping list for the next time you race over to the nearest retailer.”

The first of four E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service qualifying sessions takes place at 2:15 and 6:15 p.m. on Friday, and the final two rounds of qualifying take place on Saturday at 12:30 and 3:45 p.m. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

To purchase general admission or reserved seats, call Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555. Tickets also are available online at Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit

Plochman, Inc. has a 165-plus year legacy of crafting delicious, high quality small-batch mustards. The iconic mild
yellow mustard is central to the Brand, but a focus on bold flavor innovation has rapidly expanded the breadth of the Plochman’s portfolio to include flavors like bourbon, Cuban, balsamic, fig and cranberry. Manteno, IL-based Plochman, Inc. is a division of HACO, a Swiss food manufacturer, and is one of the top food manufacturers developing and distributing unique, high-quality salad dressings, sauces, mustards, spreads and spices. For more information about Plochman, Inc., please visit
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