Thursday, September 6, 2007

Ohio Opens Training Camp; Couple Other Notes

Thanks to Rob Gagne who e-mailed me this article. I don't have a link, so I will just post the entire article. It looks like Ohio might be much improved this season. Real quick before I post the article, I want to get a couple other things out of the way.

Waterloo's Arron Johnson will be attending University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Marc Foster let's us know Ohio forward will be attending Oklahoma, and playing hockey there.

Ohio's Dan Barczuk has committed to Lake Superior State for 2008.

And now, the Ohio press release (I did not include the roster included, as article is long enough):

September 5, 2007

Contacts: Rob Gagne 216-308-2592

Gordy Haggard 614-246-4309



Columbus,OH- The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the United States Hockey League opened it 2007-08 training camp this afternoon at the Dispatch Ice Haus . The Junior Blue Jackets, Ohio’s only Tier 1 Junior A team, began practice with 26 participants battling to make a23 man roster by October 1st.

The Junior Blue Jackets are beginning their second season in the USHL, play a 60 game schedule playing its rivals in the Eastern Division from Indiana (Indianapolis), Chicago, Green Bay, Waterloo, IA, Cedar Rapids, IA . The squad will also face teams in the USHL Western Division from Omaha, NE, Lincoln, NE Des Moines, IA, Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux City, IA and Tri- City (Kearney, NE). Last season the Junior Blue Jackets were 13-40-7 for 33pts , fifth place in the Eastern Division, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

The USHL gears itself toward putting players in college and helping them earn scholarships, the emphasis on education is foremost for all teams. Individual teams' academic coordinators work to make sure players have the academic capability to succeed in the classroom as well as on the ice. For players who are still in high school, teams work closely with local school officials to develop class schedules that keep players on pace for graduation and college entrance requirements.

USHL games are regularly scouted by NHL teams, NHL Central Scouting, and Division I-III universities. Because playing junior hockey often requires a player to move to the team's city, the teams help arrange housing and part-time jobs. Community involvement by the players is also encouraged by each team.

Players are not paid for performing in the USHL.

League Goals

  • Provide talented young players and officials an opportunity to participate in competitive hockey
  • Provide considerable training time, quality coaching and involve players and officials in national and international competition
  • Provide players exposure to college and professional coaches
  • Further players educational goals while developing their hockey skills
  • Maintain a strictly amateur status with USA Hockey, CCHA, ECAC, Hockey East, WCHA and other organizations

The Junior Blue Jackets placed five of its players to Division 1 Universities in its inaugural season. In 2007-08 the team will feature at least 7 players with full scholarships for the 2008-09 season, with more commitments during the season.

The Junior Blue Jackets are coached by Jack Fritsche. He is the uncle of current Columbus Blue Jacket forward Dan Fritsche and The Ohio State University forward, Tom Fritsche. Coach Fritsche has an extensive background in International Hockey, playing in Switzerland for over 20 years and representing the United States in various international tournaments.

The Junior Blue Jackets assistant coach will be Josh Harrold. The Kirtland Hills, OH native played defense for the Miami University Redhawks ()1995-99. He has extensive pro experience in both the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League.

The Junior Blue Jackets training camp roster feature 26 kids from Switzerland (2), Quebec (1), Ontario (1),New York(2), Michigan(5), Colorado(1), California (2),Illinois(4), Wisconsin (1), Pennsylvania(1) Minnesota(1) and Ohio(7).

The Junior Blue Jackets will be playing a 30 game home schedule with 21 game being at the Dispatch Ice Haus and 9 games at Nationwide Arena as part of a double header in conjunction with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for students 17 and under. Group discounts are available ( 10 or more) by contacting614-246- PUCK.


Anonymous said...

It looks like Ohio might be much improved this season

Isn't too tough!

Anonymous said...

. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for students 17 and under

What a ripoff when compared to Chicago season tickets!!!!

Anonymous said...

Every team is a ripoff if you compare them to the Chicago pricing, but then every other team isn't trying to break the 300 fan mark (excluding visitng team fans) either.