SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
PLAY IN NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT SEPTEMBER 16-20 IN TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN
Club will hold development camp practices at OhioHealth Ice Haus before departing for Traverse City on September 15
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets begin preparations for the 2021-22 National Hockey League season with a development camp for prospects at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the club’s official practice facility at Nationwide Arena, September 13-14 before taking part in the NHL Prospect Tournament at the Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan from September 16-20. The team’s prospects will be on the ice from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14 as part of the development camp. The Blue Jackets’ development camp is presented by mike’s Hard Lemonade. Players participating in the tournament will take part in an on-ice practice session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15.
The on-ice sessions held at the Ice Haus are free and open to the public. Masks are required for anyone in attendance. Media availability with the players will be held following each practice/workout. Any media attending in-person media availabilities with Blue Jackets players, coaches and staff must be fully vaccinated and masked.
This year will mark Columbus’ 19th appearance at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City. The Blue Jackets have won the tournament title on five occasions, capturing the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup in 2005, 2006, 2014, 2015 and 2018. This year’s participating clubs will include the Blue Jackets along with the Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. Practice sessions and tournament games will be held on the facility’s two sheets of ice – David’s Rink and West Rink – located at 1600 Chartwell Drive, Traverse City, Michigan, 49686 (Phone – 231/933-7465).
The Blue Jackets’ full development camp and tournament schedule includes:
The Blue Jackets will be coached in Traverse City by Mike Eaves, head coach of the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate. The rookie camp roster features 23 players, including 10 that were selected by the club via the NHL Draft. Leading the group of prospects will be two of the club’s first round picks from recent drafts – 2021 first round pick Cole Sillinger (12th overall) and 2020 first round selection Yegor Chinakhov (21st overall). Other drafted players scheduled to participate in the tournament include: 2021 – Stanislav Svozil, James Malatesta, Ben Boyd, Martin Rysavy; 2020 – Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm; 2019 – Tyler Angle; 2018 – Tim Berni; 2017 – Carson Meyer.
The roster also features two players who signed entry level contracts with the club: 2021 – Josh Dunne; 2020 – Jake Christiansen.
Goaltender Daniil Tarasov, who was originally slated to participate, recently received his COVID-19 vaccination, but will not be cleared to participate in time for the start of the tournament. He may join the club at some point before the tournament concludes.
Blue Jackets veterans and rookies will open the club’s 21st training camp, presented by OhioHealth, with medicals and fitness testing on Wednesday, September 22 with the first day of on-ice testing scheduled for the following day. The Blue Jackets open preseason play on Monday, September 27 when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. The club will open the regular season on Thursday, October 14 vs. the Arizona Coyotes at Nationwide Arena.
Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2021-22 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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