17 Saturday DENVER TBA Columbus, Ohio
What's interesting is that the Buckeyes host that same Denver team on Thursday October 15th but the venue clearly states "Value City Arena". So what's up with the TBA?
It's pure speculation on my part but a double header of Ohio State vs. Denver followed by the CBJ vs. whomever (hopefully the Avs) would make so much sense on so many levels.
Get the Ohio State band in the house.. Stinger and Brutus runnin around.... roll some highlightes of both teams and the major milestones they've achieved. Celebrate OSU players who have made the jump to the NHL. Lots of opportunities here.
The date is a Saturday and obviously since the NHL schedule is not yet released a formal announcement cannot be made hence the TBA.
The Ohio State Football team plays away on that date @ Purdue. Although admittedly even going up against Ohio State when they are on the road can be a dicey proposition.
Also The Basketball team's season won't start until November so that is a non factor.
Regardless of if this will come to fruition or not -- I've often wondered why the Ohio State hockey program and the CBJ didn't do more to cross promote one another? Perhaps this is a next step in taking their relationship to another level. If not, then its certainly an opportunity both sides should explore.
It just makes so much sense.
The Jackets can use the opportunity to market their game to the casual Ohio State fan who perhaps wouldn't be as interested in a CBJ game....and as anyone can tell you, half the battle in attracting new fans to this great game is just getting them in the building because then the game sells itself.
On the flip side the Ohio State Men's hockey team gets to showcase itself and their quality brand of hockey to some CBJ fans who perhaps haven't given them and their program a look.
It get's folks down to the AD a little sooner to mingle and spend more dough at the local establishments. It's also a great sell as a "bonus" for you ticket price.
It's a win and win.
Other highlights on the schedule include two home games versus hockey powerhouse Michigan on Dec 4th and 5th followed by a home at home with in-state rival Miami on the 11th and 12th.
The Buckeyes will also host U.S. National Under-18 Team on Saturday December 15th. A lot of the top draft eligible U.S. players for the 2010 draft will be playing in this game.
It also looks as if the Ohio Hockey Classic tournament has been folded. Perhaps due to money or just plain lack of overall interest.
You can see the full schedule here and their official press release here.
Fire away - does an Ohio State/CBJ double header interest you?