Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ken Hitchcock Team Canada

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock has been named associate coach for Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, the club and Team Canada announced today. Hitchcock will join head coach Mike Babcock and associate coaches Jacques Lemaire and Lindy Ruff, who were also named to the coaching staff.“It’s a real honor anytime you have an opportunity to represent your country in any competition,” said Hitchcock. “Having the Olympics take place in Canada is really special. I have been fortunate to be a part of Team Canada at the past two Olympics and getting to do so again is a real privilege.”Hitchcock has represented Canada at numerous international competitions.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Steve Mason wins Calder Trophy

Steve Mason wins Calder Trophy as NHL's rookie of the year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender was named rookie of the year at the NHL awards on Thursday, edging Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks and Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks. Voting was conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
Mason had a league-leading 10 shutouts this season and helped lift the Blue Jackets to the first playoff berth in franchise history.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Rick Nash will he resign with Columbus

After making their first-ever post-season appearance, the Columbus Blue Jackets will experience another first at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as they select out of the top 10 for the first time in franchise history. First, does Nash want to remain in Columbus. If he goes to unrestricted free agency next summer there is no question he will be the most sought-after UFA on the market maybe of all-time. Many teams will take that into consideration this year when preparing their budgets for the 2010-11 season. Also, does Nash want to continue playing for coach Ken Hitchcock?