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Monday, September 10, 2007

New details on camp from

Cool pic eh? Its sitting right on front of! Anyhow they have just released details for camp including the rosters and schedule:

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Here are some details from the article:

The Columbus Blue Jackets begin preparations for their seventh National Hockey League season with the opening of training camp on Friday, September 14 at The Dispatch Ice Haus. All practices held at The Dispatch Ice Haus will be open to the public. There are 58 players expected to participate in this year’s training camp.

The first eight days of camp will consist of all players being divided into two groups – Team Blue and Team White – with each day featuring on-ice practices, off-ice workouts and video sessions. Following the first eight days, the players are scheduled to practice as one squad during the remainder of camp.

Looking over the roster both Joel Bouchard (defensemen) and Jeffrey Szwez (forward) will be in camp on PTOs (Professional Try Out). All indications point to Szwez trying to earn an AHL contract as he spent time between both the Crunch and Bombers last year. What I know of Bouchard is that he is a strong puck moving NHL level defensemen but the knock on him is that he can never stay healthy. In fact looking over his profile on, he's only played in 32 games once over the past 9 seasons. He'll be someone to keep an eye on as that is certainly an area we could use a boost on.

The rest of the roster are familiar names who are guys on our team or in our development pipeline. Both Zenon Konopka and Alexandre Picard are listed as injured. Picard we knew would be out due to his ACL injury suffered it the AHL playoffs last year. Konopka (pictured right) appears to have a hand injury which is unfortunate because I think he would have been in the mix for a fourth line role. He brings an sandpaper agitating game to the lineup and isn't afraid to drop the mits if neccessary.

As far as the schedule. The Jackets teams will take the ice Friday, September 14th for the first time in the Ice Haus. The Blue Team will take the ice first from 9-10:50 a.m. and then then White Team will follow from 11-12:50 p.m.. The teams will swap time slots the next day. According to the schedule there will be daily video sessions (except on game days) and off-ice training.

Oh and for you number watchers out there, here are the numbers for the newest Jackets: Peca will wear 19, Hejda 8, Brookbank 44, Beech 24 and Novotny 12.

Should be fun and hopefully some of you fans can make it to a couple practices to get a first look at the year's CBJ.


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