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Blue Jackets IceWeek Begins With A Boom

It all began with 24 hours of the best game on earth, but IceWeek continues with a full slate of events.

Monday, 10.22.2012 / 7:41 PM / Features
By Staci Pawlak  - BlueJackets.com

Fans had the opportunity to test the main ice this past weekend at Nationwide Arena as The Blue Jackets kicked off “Ice Week” with a Season Ticket Holder Open Skate and 24 Hours of Hockey. More than 200 Blue Jackets Season Ticket Holders attended the skate and saw firsthand a few of the upgrades at Nationwide Arena, including the LED screens on the new Dispatch Media Center and the renovated locker room.

The puck dropped for 24 Hours at 8 p.m. on Friday when the AAA Blue Jackets Pee Wee team (ages 11-12) took on Team Ohio on the main ice at Nationwide Arena. The AAA Blue Jackets won by a score of 4-1 against Team Ohio. Following the AAA game, six teams from The Chiller Adult Hockey League took the ice from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturday. The CAHL is one of the largest adult hockey leagues in the country, boasting 171 teams and more than 3,000 players across Columbus.

Jeff Sturm, captain of two CAHL teams, played in one of the drop-in games at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. Sturm said that despite the early morning, the opportunity to skate on NHL ice was worth it. “You’re getting up to play hockey,” said Sturm. “It’s not like you’re getting up to mow the lawn. You’re doing something you love.”

On Saturday, the ice belonged to various local youth hockey teams as well as the OSU Club Hockey team and the Ohio Sled Hockey team, who had players come to Columbus from all over Ohio to play in the game. “The kids had a blast,” said Kelly Fenster, a general manager for the Ohio Sled Hockey team. “They were laughing and really enjoying themselves, especially when some of the Blue Jackets staff got on sleds and tried to join in.”

The fun lasted throughout Sunday as Nationwide Arena and The Blue Jackets hosted another Open Skate as well as a USA Hockey ADM Clinic. In total, approximately 450 people played hockey on Nationwide Arena ice during the weekend festivities.

Ice Week continues this week with more opportunities for fans to enjoy the ice at Nationwide Arena. 

RELATED LINKS

  • Full IceWeek Schedule
  • Hockey Halloween with the Blue Jackets presented by Nationwide Insurance
  • IceWeek Photo Gallery
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      TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
    1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
    2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
    3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
    4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
    5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
    6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
    7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
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    11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
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    13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
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    16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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    SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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    M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
    R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
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    D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
    B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
    D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
    M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
    A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
    C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
     
    GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
    S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
     
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