Features

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
X
Share with your Friends


Blue Jackets IceWeek Begins With A Boom

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
  • SCHEDULE

    HOME
    AWAY
    PROMOTIONAL
     
    Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
    Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.