Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Moore signs with Columbus

Press Release

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman John Moore to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Moore, 18, was the Blue Jackets first pick, 21st overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft held June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He scored 14 goals and added 25 assists for 39 points and 50 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League during the 2008-09 season. He was named the USHL Defenseman of the Year and ranked fourth among league defensemen in scoring.

"We are very pleased to have John under contract," said Howson. "He is an outstanding prospect and we look forward to seeing him bring his offensive ability and skill set to Columbus in the not too distant future."

The Winnetka, Illinois native won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 World Junior "A" Challenge and had 0-2-2 in five games. For his USHL career, he collected 18-36-54 and 76 penalty minutes in 113 games.

Columbus Blue Jackets season tickets for 2009-10 are on sale now with prices starting at $18 per game. In addition, six-, 10- and 20-game packages for 2009-10 are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com. Single game tickets for 2009 preseason home games will go on sale Friday, August 21 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line team store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. On-sale date and information for single game tickets for the 2009-10 regular season will be announced soon.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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