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Rockies sign 2019 1st Round pick Michael Toglia

Colorado has now agreed to terms with 25 selections from the 2019 First-Year Player Draft


DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have agreed to terms with first baseman Michael Toglia (TOH-lee-uh), whom the Rockies selected out of UCLA with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Michael Toglia (courtesy UCLA athletics)

Additionally, the Rockies announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Will Ethridge (fifth round), outfielder Trevor Boone (18th round), shortstop Turner Brown (19th round), outfielder Yorvis Torrealba (20th round), right-handed pitcher Fineas Del Bonta-Smith (22nd round), right-handed pitcher Keven Pimentel (28th round) and catcher Colin Simpson (29th round). Colorado has now agreed to terms with 25 players selected in this year’s draft. Per Club policy, terms of the agreements will not be disclosed.

Toglia, 20, batted .314 (76-for-242) with 50 runs, 16 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs, 65 RBI, 30 walks and 65 strikeouts for UCLA this season, and was named an All-Pac-12 selection for the second consecutive season. Across three seasons with the Bruins, batted .307 (198-for-644) with 134 runs, 51 doubles, six triples, 36 home runs, 156 RBI, 111 walks and 174 strikeouts.

The Gig Harbor, Wash., native was the eighth infielder ever selected by the Rockies with their first selection in the draft (the sixth in the first round), and the first player selected as a first baseman in the first round by Colorado since Todd Helton in 1995. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 35th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Gig Harbor High School (Gig Harbor, Wash.), but did not sign.

Below is a list of all 25 selections who have signed with the Rockies thus far:

Rd. Pick Last First Pos. B T HT WT School Hometown State

1 23 Toglia Michael 1B S R 6-5 226 UCLA Gig Harbor Wash.

2 62 Schunk Aaron 3B R R 6-2 205 Georgia Atlanta Ga.

3 100 Wallace Jacob RHP R R 6-1 190 Connecticut Methuen Mass.

4 129 Doyle Brenton RF R R 6-3 200 Shepherd U. (WV) Warrenton Va.

5 159 Ethridge Will RHP R R 6-5 240 Mississippi Lilburn Ga.

6 189 Hollowell Gavin RHP R R 6-7 215 St. John’s (NY) Skillman N.J.

7 219 Horn Jared RHP R R 6-4 225 UC Berkeley Napa Calif.

9 279 Collins Isaac 2B S R 5-9 185 Creighton Maple Grove Minn.

10 309 Yalowitz Jack RF L L 5-11 180 University of Illinois Chicago Ill.

13 399 Cope Daniel C R R 6-0 195 Cal State Fullerton San Diego Calif.

14 429 Aeilts Joe LF R R 6-2 200 Illinois State Carbondale Ill.

15 459 Haynes Alex RHP R R 6-3 205 Walters State CC Knoxville Tenn.

17 519 Baayoun Zak LHP L L 6-1 180 Long Beach State Irvine Calif.

18 549 Boone Trevor OF R R 6-2 210 Oklahoma State Tulsa Okla.

19 579 Brown Turner SS S R 5-9 160 East Carolina Whiteville N.C.

20 609 Torrealba Yorvis OF R R 6-0 195 University of Tampa Parkland Fla.

21 639 Jones Stephen RHP R R 6-4 195 Samford University Tallahassee Fla.

22 669 Del Bonta-Smith Fineas RHP R R 6-0 190 San Jose State Soquel Calif.

23 699 Calvo Blair RHP R R 6-3 195 Flagler College St. Augustine Fla.

24 729 Spicer Jordan RHP R R 6-3 210 Central Florida Hialeah Fla.

26 789 Chevalier Luke RHP R R 6-1 200 Northern State U. Barnstable Mass.

27 819 Enck Cameron RHP R R 6-4 225 Rollins College Lancaster Pa.

28 849 Pimentel Keven RHP R R 6-3 230 University of Tampa Huntington Station N.Y.

29 879 Simpson Colin C L R 5-9 228 Oklahoma State Edmond Okla.

30 909 Achtermann Alex RHP L R 6-3 210 Pittsburgh State U. Aurora Colo.

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Blue Jackets will conduct 2019 Developmental Camp, June 25-28 at Ice Haus


Sixth annual 3-on-3 Tournament to be held on Friday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will conduct their annual development camp for prospects at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the club’s official practice facility at Nationwide Arena, from Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, June 28, the team announced recently.  Players will arrive and undergo medicals and off-ice testing on Monday, June 24.


This year’s camp is highlighted by the sixth annual 3-on-3 Tournament, which will be held on Friday, June 28 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  All on-ice practice sessions are free and open to the public.  A complete schedule of on-ice sessions can be found below:


2019 CBJ Development Camp On-Ice Schedule (Times subject to change)

Tuesday, June 25

10-11 a.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 11:30-12:30 p.m. – Group 2 On-Ice

Media Availability: 12:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 26

8:45-10 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice… 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Group 1 On-Ice

Media Availability: 11:45 a.m.


Thursday, June 27

10-11a.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Group 2 On-Ice

Media Availability: 12:30 p.m.


Friday, June 28

10-11 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice… 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Group 1 On-Ice…

4:30-6:30 p.m. – 3-on-3 Tournament

Media Availability: Following 3-on-3 Tournament



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.


Leading the group of prospects in camp are forward Liam Foudy, who was selected 18th overall at the 2018 NHL Draft, along with two of the club’s most recent second round picks; defenseman Andrew Peeke (2016) and forward Alexandre Texier (2017).  Other drafted players scheduled to participate in the camp include: 2018 – Marcus Karlberg, Tim Berni, Veini Vehvilainen, Trey Fix-Wolansky; 2017 – Daniil Tarasov, Emil Bemstrom, Kale Howarth, Carson Meyer, Robbie Stucker; 2016 – Peter Thome.  A complete development camp roster will be available prior to the start of camp.


On-Ice sessions will be conducted by:  director of player personnel Chris Clark, goaltending coach Manny Legace, development coaches Jarkko Ruutu, Gregory Campbell and Jim Corsi, assistant development coach Jared Boll, the Cleveland Monsters (American Hockey League affiliate) coaching staff and skating consultant Lee Harris.


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



Crew announces “STUFF THE STADIUM” Backpack Drive for June 23rd game against Sporting KC



Backpack Modern version 2001 photo By de Benutzer sjr, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

Supporters encouraged to bring backpack filled with school supplies to Crew SC’s home match against Sporting Kansas City, benefiting 25 local school districts throughout Franklin and Licking County

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC recently announced that the Club is set to host its “Stuff the Stadium” backpack drive on Sunday, June 23 at MAPFRE Stadium, prior to its home match against Sporting Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. ET. Crew SC supporters who bring a new backpack stuffed with school supplies to Gate 5 of MAPFRE Stadium will receive a voucher for a free ticket* to the match against Sporting Kansas City. The event is part of Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative, presented by MAPFRE Insurance.

“We are proud to participate in this great community initiative,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “With “Stuff the Stadium,” we have the opportunity to help give local Columbus students the tools that they need in order to succeed academically.”
“Stuff the Stadium” is being held to support Stuff the Backpack in collaboration with local TV station NBC4 in Columbus. Supporters may bring backpacks and supplies beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. All supplies collected will go to 25 local school districts throughout Franklin County and Licking County. Stuff the Backpack is the largest backpack drive in the country. In 2018, NBC4 helped collect 50,000 backpacks.

Ahead of their match against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, June 23, the Black & Gold are slated to face Atlanta United he Charleston Battery at MAPFRE Stadium in a 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Match on Tuesday, June 18 [7:00 p.m. ET / ESPN+ (Stream)].

*Tickets limited to first 1,500 participating supporters


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: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

MAPFRE Insurance, rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, serves policyholders in 19 states across the United States through a network of more than 5,000 independent agents and brokers.  MAPFRE Insurance is the 19th largest provider of personal automobile insurance and the 20th largest personal lines insurer in the United States. MAPFRE Insurance is also the largest private passenger automobile insurer, homeowners’ insurer and commercial automobile insurer in Massachusetts. MAPFRE Insurance provides a full range of insurance products, including coverage for automobiles, homes, motorcycles, watercraft and business.  MAPFRE Insurance is part of the MAPFRE Group.

Give Forward,
presented by MAPFRE Insurance, is Columbus Crew SC’s community platform and commitment to making a positive impact focused primarily in Central Ohio. With a particular focus on serving challenged youth, encouraging healthy and positive lifestyles, honoring the military and keeping Columbus beautiful, Give Forward creates opportunities for Crew SC players, coaches, staff and fans to play an important role in giving back to the community in meaningful ways. In March of 2015, MAPFRE Insurance became the presenting sponsor of the platform as part of their commitment to the Central Ohio community. More information on the club’s community efforts is available at




Blue Jackets sign LW Jakob Lilja to a contract


Jakob Lilja during a SHL game against Färjestad BK 2019 photo By User Rolandhino1, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


Forward led Djurgardens IF (SHL) in assists and points in 2018-19


JUNE 15, 2019

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Jakob Lilja to a one-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on Saturday.


Lilja, 25, registered 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points with 18 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating, while averaging 18:03 of ice time in 52 games with Djurgardens IF in the Swedish Hockey League in 2018-19.  He set career highs in assists and points, leading the club and ranking eighth-T in the league in assists and 10th-T in points.  He added 3-5-8 in 19 playoff outings to help the team advance to the SHL final.


A native of Limhamn, Sweden, Lilja has notched 48-51-99, 71 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 222 career SHL contests with Djurgardens, Linkoping HC and Rogle BK since making his league debut in 2012-13.  In 2017-18, he recorded 12-10-22, 10 penalty minutes and a league-leading three shorthanded goals in 40 appearances with Linkoping HC.  He finished third-T on the team in goals.


The 6-0, 194-pound winger has also tallied 40-23-63 in 131 career games in Sweden’s second division (Allsvenskan) with Rogle BK and IF Troja-Ljungby from 2011-15.  He added 30-28-58 in 70 career outings in Sweden’s junior league (SuperElit) with Rogle BK from 2010-13.


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 sign one of their key, young players in Markus Hannikainen

JUNE 17, 2019

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed left wing Markus Hannikainen to a one-year contract for the 2019-20 NHL season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on Monday.


Hannikainen, 26, recorded four goals and three assists for seven points with two penalty minutes in 44 games with the Blue Jackets in 2018-19, setting single-season career highs in goals, points and games played.  He posted points in a career-high three-straight contests from Nov. 26-Dec. 1 (2-1-3) and played in a career-high 34-straight games from Oct. 25-Jan. 8.

Markus Hannikainen


A native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen has registered 8-7-15 and 14 penalty minutes in 91 career NHL games since making his league debut with the Blue Jackets in 2015-16.  He also collected 26-34-60 and 42 penalty minutes in 115 career American Hockey League outings with the Lake Erie/Cleveland Monsters from 2015-18 and helped the Monsters capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship with 3-7-10 in 16 playoff games.


The 6-1, 200-pound winger was originally signed by Columbus as a free agent on April 20, 2015.  He notched 22-31-53, 67 penalty minutes and was +26 in 117 career contests with JYP, HPK and Jokerit in Finland’s top professional league (Liiga) from 2011-15.



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




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