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Defenseman Ryan Murray stays with Jackets; re-signs for 2 years

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year contract through the 2020-21 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen has announced.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.


Murray, 25, collected one goal and 28 assists for 29 points with a +20 plus/minus rating and 10 penalty minutes, while averaging 20:23 in ice time per game in 56 outings with Columbus during the 2018-19 season.  Despite missing 25 games, including the final 24 of the season, due to injury, he set career highs in assists, points and plus/minus rating a season ago.  He ranked second on the club in plus/minus, third in ice time and third among club blueliners in assists and points.

Ryan Murray


“Ryan Murray is an elite puck-moving defenseman with excellent vision and we are excited that he will continue to be an important part of the young and talented blueline we have in Columbus,” said Kekalainen.  “He has battled injuries early in his career, but he is still a young player with great upside and we believe his best seasons are ahead of him.”


The 6-1, 198-pound native of Regina, Saskatchewan has registered 13-88-101, 100 penalty minutes and is +22 in 320 career games since making his NHL debut at the age of 20 in 2013-14.  Two years later, he appeared in a career-high 82 games and notched 4-21-25 and 40 penalty minutes during the 2015-16 season.  He also led the club and ranked 14th in the NHL with 171 blocked shots that season.


Selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, second overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray played for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey tournament in 2016.  He has represented Canada at three IIHF World Championship tournaments.  He became the second-youngest player (Paul Kariya, youngest) to represent Canada in the tournament in 2012, won a gold medal in 2016 and also participated in 2018.  He also helped Canada win the bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships.  With the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, he collected 22-99-121, 121 penalty minutes and was +51 in 191 games from 2009-12.


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Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Scott Harrington to 3-year deal

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year contract through the 2021-22 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen has announced.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.


Harrington, 26, set career highs in games played, assists, points and plus/minus in 2018-19 when he tallied two goals and 15 assists for 17 points with 23 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 73 outings with the Blue Jackets.  He added 0-4-4, two penalty minutes and was +4 in 10 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Scott Harrington


“Scott Harrington is a very smart, reliable defenseman who made great strides to become a regular contributor on our blueline last season,” said Kekalainen.  “He works very hard and has continued to improve steadily over the past three seasons.  Scott has shown himself to be an excellent leader who has earned the respect of his coaches and teammates and we look forward to his continued contributions to our club.”


Harrington, who has registered 5-21-26 and 49 penalty minutes in 152 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round, 54th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.  He spent two seasons in the Penguins organization and made his NHL debut with the club during a 10-game stint during the 2014-15 campaign.  He split the 2015-16 season between the Maple Leafs and American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies and was acquired by the Blue Jackets from Toronto with a conditional fifth round draft pick in exchange for Kerby Rychel on June 25, 2016.


The 6-2, 205-pound native of Kingston, Ontario represented Canada at two IIHF World Junior Championships.  He won a bronze medal in 2012 and was named one of Canada’s top three players at the 2013 tournament.  During four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights from 2009-13, he served as team captain and helped the club capture OHL championships while earning OHL First Team All-Star honors in each of his last two seasons.  He tallied 13-68-81, 129 penalty minutes and was +58 in 216 career OHL contests.


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Blue Jackets sign Justin Scott to one-year, two-way contract

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent center Justin Scott to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract for the 2019-20 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen has announced.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Justin Scott (Courtesy Cleveland Monsters)


Scott, 23, has registered 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points with 189 penalty minutes in 198 career AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters.  In 2018-19, he collected 13-11-24, 61 penalty minutes and was +4 in 67 games, matching his career high in goals and setting a new personal mark in points.  He added 2-1-3 in eight outings during the Calder Cup Playoffs.


Scott joined the Blue Jackets on April 15, 2016 when he signed a three-year entry level contract with the club.  He led Cleveland rookies in goals and points (tied) with 13-10-23 and 55 penalty minutes in 2016-17 and picked up 6-12-18 and a career-high 73 penalty minutes in 73 games in 2017-18.


A native of Burlington, Ontario, Scott notched 69-78-147 with 152 penalty minutes and was +65 in 251 career Ontario Hockey League games with the Barrie Colts from 2012-16.  In his final season, he set career highs in assists and points with 28-37-65, 60 penalty minutes and was +32 in 67 regular season games and finished second in the OHL in playoff goals with 17-3-20 in 15 contests.



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Formula 1 journalist Will Buxton’s book “My Greatest Defeat” now available in United States


LONDON (July 25, 2019) – “My Greatest Defeat,” Formula 1 journalist Will Buxton’s first book, is now available in the U.S. from specialist and online booksellers.
“My Greatest Defeat” is a collection of honest and revealing insights into 20 of the greatest living racing drivers – legends of the worlds of Formula 1, Indycar, NASCAR, Le Mans and Rallying.
In Buxton’s debut book, his goal was to discover each of these legends’ weakest moment, the one time in each of their lives when they didn’t know where to turn or what to do next. He also wanted to show that beneath the fire-proof suits and the helmets and beyond the heroics displayed on track, these great modern gladiators are fallible and breakable.
“The drivers interviewed opened up completely to Will,” said Eric Verdon-Roe, Chairman of Evro Publishing. “Honesty flowed as rarely seen and little expected. Mighty champions – men who’ve always been seen as thick-skinned and macho – unburdened their souls with their stories, their words, their truths.”
“I’m absolutely delighted to be bringing this book out into the world,” said Buxton, “and to be doing so with the wonderful folks at Evro.
“When I started out on this project I had no idea it would become what it has, nor that in its undertaking I would learn so much not only about the racing heroes at the heart of the story, but in turn about myself.
“For those who are the focal point of this sport, any sign of weakness is a route to their potential defeat. Yet they are human. They suffer with the realities of life every bit as much as you or I. They just can’t show it. Visor closed, foot down. Deal with it later.
“The stories the greats of our sport shared for this project reflect the hardships they rarely discuss yet that had a life-changing effect on their psyche. Some are related to racing. Many couldn’t be further removed. But they represent, for each man, a moment in time that they felt at their lowest and most broken. My hope is that through their honesty we might acknowledge that even our heroes have struggled to find balance in this world, and through their stories find inspiration to fight past our own demons. To learn that, ultimately, in racing as in life, our greatest moments can be born of our greatest defeat.”
The interviews, all conducted exclusively for this book, are with (in alphabetical order by first name) Alain Prost, Alex Zanardi, Ari Vatanen, Bobby Unser, Carlos Sainz, Damon Hill, Dario Franchitti, Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro, Emerson Fittipaldi, Felipe Massa, Jackie Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Mario Andretti, Mika Häkkinen, Niki Lauda, Rick Mears, Sébastien Loeb and Tom Kristensen.
Dario Franchitti – The Indycar champion talks of the deaths of the friends that bookended his career in racing, the heartbreak that each caused and the aftermath of accidents that affected the physical functioning of his brain.
Jeff Gordon – One of the all-time NASCAR greats, he looks back on his many championships, admitting that today he cannot view a single one with anything but regret as family relationships were soured and stretched to breaking point.
Jimmie Johnson – One of the greatest stock car drivers in history, Johnson was at one time considered a reckless outcast. He reflects on the little-known crash that almost killed him and changed his mindset forever.
Niki Lauda – The late, great Austrian, who died just as this book was published, discusses the loss of one of his aircraft over Thailand in which all on board were killed; for eight months he fought to clear the name of his pilots and change aircraft safety forever.
Alex Zanardi – In a deep and revealing conversation, the Paralympic gold medalist, who lost both legs in an Indycar accident, discusses how we decipher between our passion and our ambition and how childhood dreams affect our adult decisions.
Striking portraits are featured from a revered artist in modern comic book design, Giuseppe ‘Cammo’ Camuncoli, who is renowned for the dark, brooding style that has seen him become a staple in the Vertigo, DC and Marvel stables.
About Will Buxton:
A motor racing broadcaster, commentator and journalist, Will Buxton has had the rare pleasure of turning his great passion into something resembling work for the better part of 20 years. His career has taken him around the world countless times to report on everything from Formula 1 to World Rally to Indycar. While the happy mistake of falling into television as a Formula 1 pitlane reporter in the United States for the SPEED channel and later NBC Sports, followed by his current role as the first Digital Presenter in F1 history, has made him one of the most recognized faces and voices in the sport, his first love was and remains writing. Buxton lives in Oxfordshire, England.
Book details:
“My Greatest Defeat” is now available in the U.S., price $29.95. ISBN: 978-1-910505-40-3. Hardback, 320 pages. Artwork by Giuseppe Camuncoli.
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Crew SC inks contract with Legends for partnership agreement involving new stadium and training facility

COLUMBUS and NEW YORK, July 29, 2019—Columbus Crew SC, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club based in Columbus, Ohio, and Legends, a leader in global planning, sales and hospitality, today announced a partnership for project development and commercial sales rights for the new stadium and team training facility in Columbus, Ohio.


Columbus Crew SC competes in MLS as a member of the League’s Eastern Conference and began play in 1996 as one of the ten charter clubs of the League. To help keep the team in its rightful home, the Haslam family, owners of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, and the Edwards family, including long-time Crew SC physician Dr. Pete Edwards, acquired investor-operator rights to the club ahead of the 2019 season.


“We’re thrilled to add the expertise of Legends to our process of working to create a new stadium experience that keenly suits the collaborative spirit of the Greater Columbus community,” said Tim Bezbatchenko, Columbus Crew SC President and General Manager. “Legends’ proven track record in the sports and entertainment space is highly regarded and will enable us to achieve the success needed on the ground level to ensure our long-term vision that will benefit the community and fans that have pledged to save and support the team.”


“Our belief in the synergies of Legends overall 360 platform, engaged with a formidable club business such as Crew SC, creates the opportunity to truly showcase the inherent partnership value an integrated approach to planning, sales and operations can achieve for a project,” said Mike Tomon, Legends Chief Operating Officer.


Legends will work with the organization across multiple areas including, project planning and development, sponsorship and ticket sales, naming rights, marketing, technology innovations, data insights and analytics. Legends has already delivered key business intelligence data on planning and design for the future stadium through its proprietary approach to gathering targeted market specific information. By conducting focus groups, surveys and utilizing other research-driven tools Legends has been able to analyze feedback from Columbus Crew ticket holders, fans and the broader Columbus, Ohio community.


The Columbus Crew SC Stadium is expected to be completed in 2021 and will be located in the Downtown Arena District. The new venue will include 20,000 seats, team store, and outdoor public plaza space for social gathering. The old stadium site will be redeveloped as a community sports park and new state-of-the-art training facility for the team. Legends Global Planning will oversee design and construction of the stadium and the team training facility.  Legends Global Sales will manage all commercial rights including sales, marketing and sponsorship assets for the training facility and the stadium.


An industry leader in developing and optimizing unique platforms for its clients, Legends is a partner to premier venues across professional sports, events and collegiate partners, including AT&T Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles Stadium & Entertainment District, Las Vegas Raiders Stadium, University of Notre Dame, and nearly 40 Live Nation properties.


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.


About Legends

Founded in 2008, Legends is a holistic experiential services agency with more than 1,500 full-time and 30,000 seasonal team members globally. Legends has three core divisions operating worldwide: Global Planning, Global Sales and Hospitality, offering clients and partners a 360-degree platform to elevate their brand and execute their vision. Currently, Legends works with marquee clients across business verticals including professional sports; collegiate; attractions; entertainment; and conventions and leisure. We are the industry leaders in designing, planning and realizing exceptional experiences in sports and entertainment. For more information, visit and follow Legends at,Twitter and Instagram: @thelegendsway.



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