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Columbus Blue Jackets Recall Defenseman Grant Clitsome from Springfield Falcons (AHL); Assign Defenseman Mike Commodore to Springfield

Sunday, 01.09.2011 / 5:36 PM / News
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Columbus Blue Jackets Recall Defenseman Grant Clitsome from Springfield Falcons (AHL); Assign Defenseman Mike Commodore to Springfield

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Grant Clitsome from the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and assigned defenseman Mike Commodore to Springfield, Blue Jackets Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced January 9.

Clitsome, 25, has registered five goals and 10 assists for 15 points and 22 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Falcons this season. He leads club defensemen in goals, while ranking second in assists (tied) and points. He made his National Hockey League debut with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10 and collected one goal and two assists for three points with six penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.

Columbus' 12th pick, 271st overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Clitsome has collected 14-40-54 and 138 penalty minutes in 169 career AHL games with Springfield and Syracuse. The Gloucester, Ontario native played four seasons at Clarkson University (ECAC) from 2004-08. He tallied 16-57-73 and 122 penalty minutes in 150 career games. As a senior in 2007-08, he tallied a career-high 5-17-22 with 28 penalty minutes and was +19 in 39 games to help the club win the ECAC regular season championship. He received Second Team RBK All-American, First Team ECAC All-Star and NCAA East Regional Team honors that year, in addition to being named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.

Commodore, 31, has recorded 2-4-6 and 44 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has notched 23-81-104 and 645 penalty minutes in 454 career NHL games with New Jersey, Calgary, Carolina, Ottawa and Columbus.

The Blue Jackets return to action Tuesday when the club hosts the Phoenix Coyotes. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.

Single-game tickets for Blue Jackets home games, starting at $22, are on sale at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, a variety of partial-season plans and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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