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U18s Lose In A Nine Round Shoot Out
    The U18s fell to the St. Louis AAA Blues in the...
Meyer and Valentine Help U18s Stay on Top
    The U18 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets started their time...
2015-16 AAA Tryouts
Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 2015-16 Tier 1 AAA Hockey Tryouts DATES...
2003s Win Ohio Valley AAA Tournament
    Congratulations to our 2003s for winning the...
Jason Tackett Commits to Ferris State
    On March 12th, Ohio Blue Jacket alum and current...
Blake Edwards Named to Second Team All NESCAC
  For the second season in a row Ohio Blue Jackets Alum and...
Quebec Update #2
    In the second tournament game the Blue Jackets...
Quebec Update # 1
    After a nineteen hour bus ride and three exhibition...
U18s Come Home Champions
  The U18s headed to Blaine, Minnesota this weekend for the...
Kole Sherwood Commits to Boston University
  Committing to play hockey at Boston University was a no-brainer...
Big Weekend For The Organization
    Last weekend many of our teams came up big in...
Big Weekend for the U16 Boys
The U16 AAA Ohio Blue Jackets capped off a perfect weekend  at...
Catching Up With Connor Murphy
  On January 3, 2015 we traveled to Arizona to see alum Connor...
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More Than Just A Fundraiser
people   U18s Zach Tyson and Brock Rumbaugh participated in...
Coach Cassels Speaks Out About Mental Health Awareness
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Austin Pooley Commits to The Ohio State University
  Former AAA Ohio Blue Jacket, Austin Pooley, committed to...
2002 AAA Blue Jackets sweep the Cleveland Barons
This weekend the 2002 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets played host to division...
2001s Get Swept By TPH Thunder
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Weekend Scoreboard: 10/25 - 10/26 and 11/1 -11/2
  The past two weeks have been a roller coaster for some...
2004s Win Warrior AAA Invitational Tournament
    Congratulations to the 2004 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets...
U16 Boys Tie Weekend Series With Jr. Hurricanes
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U16 Girls Compete Well Despite Injuries
  The U16 girls knew they had their hands full at their first...
U14 Girls Fall to Dallas Stars Elite, 0-7
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U16 Girls Look For a Win Against the Dallas Stars Elite
      Right off the bat Cropper makes a nice...
U14 Girls Fight Through Early Morning Game Against Jr. Admirals
      Day two of the Cleveland girls Super Showcase...
U16 Girls Fall to the Jr. Admirals
  The first period would start with both goalies putting...
2000s Tie the Swords
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2000s Top the Jr. Coyotes
    It was an early game time for the Jr. Coyotes...
Vote For Your Favorite Hockey Mom
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2000s Lose to District Rivals
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2005 All Star Team Announced
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2000s Drop First Game of the Super Showcase
  It was a rough start to the day for the Jackets. Within...
Ohio AAA Blue Jackets to Host the Columbus Super Showcase
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    Earlier today the Columbus Blue Jackets announced...
Weekend Scoreboard :Opening Weekend
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U16 Girls - Strong Push at Stoney Creek
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Carson Meyer Commits to Dartmouth
  Carson Meyer and Brendan Demler are best friends. They...
Brendan Demler Commits to Dartmouth College
  Two years ago Brendan Demler (1997) felt lucky to have...
Past Success in the NHL Draft
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Cole Cassels Invited to USA World Junior Team Evaluation Camp
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Three Drafted In 2014 USHL Draft
    Three Ohio AAA Blue Jackets were drafted during...
Alumni Round-Up 04-11-2014 through 04-27-2014
        Connor Murphy   This...
Connor Murphy Headed To Belarus
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2013-2014 Season By The Numbers
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What Did They Say Wednesday: Mr Hall
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Alumni Round-Up 03-29-2014 through 04-10-2014
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Girls Advance to USA National Camp
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2014-15 Girls Coaches Announced
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What Did They Say Wednesday: Sis Barnish
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U16s at Nationals
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What Did They Say Wednesday : Mr. Carper
  In this week's "What Did They Say Wednesday",...
What Did They Say Wednesday : Nick Hall
On the ride home from Quebec City this past February I let Spencer...
2014-15 Boys Head Coaches Announced
The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are pleased to announce the boys Head Coaches...
2001s Are Off To The Semi Finals
Third round of the Quebec City Peewee Hockey tournament and it's...
Staying Alive With Five
Yesterday marked the first day of play for the 2001s at the 55th...
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Alumnus Makes History At Ohio State
Logan Davis wasn't expecting to start this season, let alone...
Murphy won't soon forget his first NHL goal
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Roslovic helps Team USA Capture Gold
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U18s Lose In A Nine Round Shoot Out



The U18s fell to the St. Louis AAA Blues in the second game of play at Nationals. It took 9 rounds of a shoot out to defeat the U18s.


The 56 minutes of hockey that led to the 9 round shoot out were full of intensity and hard work. Every player on the Jackets brought their best game. The Blues saw this and in turn rolled out one of the best games they've played all season. Every hit was matched with a hit that was equally as hard. Every highlight reel play was met with another spectacular highlight reel play. The Blues and Jackets spent 56 minutes trying to one up each other. The only thing they couldn't do was make the other team's goalie falter. Grant Valentine (Jackets) and Tomy Nappier (Blues) put on a phenomenal performance. Everyone huffed and puffed but no one could blow these goalies down.


Valentine and Nappier stayed calm and pulled out all of the stops in the shoot out. Here's how the 9 rounds went in Friday's game.



Round 1:

Jackets: St. Jean tried to fake out Nappier but the puck dinged off the post.

Blues: Valentine batted their shot out of the air like a cat playing with a ball of yarn


Round 2:

Jackets: Perrault slides one in right past Nappier

Blues: St. Louis shoots the puck over Valentine's head. No goal.


Round 3:

Jackets: Sherwood gets stuffed by Nappier.

Blues: St. Louis misses the goal.


Round 4:

Jackets: Nappier manages to stop Tyson.

Blues: St. Louis gets one past Valentine and sends the shoot out into Sudden death rounds.


Round 5:

Jackets: Meyer gets stuffed by Nappier

Blues: Valentine stuffs St. Louis


Round 6:

Jackets: Perrault pops the puck in past Nappier. However, forward motion was stopped and it was deemed a no goal.

Blues: Valentine makes the most magical save ever. Valentine's quick reflexes and willingness to contort his body saved the puck from going into the net.


Round 7:

Jackets: Nappier was able to stop St. Jean from scoring.

Blues: The St. Louis shooter fired a rocket towards Valentine who made an epic kick save to keep the puck from crossing the goal line.


Round 8:

Jackets: Sommer's attempt yielded no goal.

Blues: Hall from St. Louis tried to get fancy but Valentine stuck with it to stop him.


Round 9:

Jackets: Jenny's attempt was stuffed by Nappier.

Blues: St Louis' Matthews was the man who took down the Jackets in the shoot out.



The Jackets will play Cape Cod at 4:15 pm on Saturday in the last game of pool play. A win in this game will get the Jackets into the quarterfinals.

by posted 03/28/2015
Meyer and Valentine Help U18s Stay on Top



The U18 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets started their time at Nationals off with a bang shutting out the TPH Thunder, 6-0.

Starting in net for the U18s was Grant Valentine who would finish the game stopping all 17 shots he faced to secure the shutout victory.

Carson Meyer put the Jackets on the board early in the first with a power play goal. Meyer’s goal would be the only goal of the period.

Babcock spent the first period knocking TPH players around if they got too close to Valentine. Craddick and Smith made multiple great plays in the first. The most notable play was winning a battle along the boards by double teaming a TPH player.

As the buzzer sounded signifying the end of the first period, Nick Jenny made a crucial defensive play by sliding his body in front of TPH’s forward who was on a breakaway towards the net.

The Jackets made it rain goals in the second period, scoring 4.

Meyer scored a shorthanded goal giving the team the 2-0 lead.

The second goal of the period came from St. Jean who blocked a shot, picked it up, and raced down the ice to score.

While on a power play Demler fed the puck to Sangster who redirected the puck directly into the net giving the Jackets the 4-0 lead.

 With 46.7 seconds left in the second period a gorgeous series of passes from Sherwood and Perrault led to a Sommer goal. At the end of the second period the Jackets led the TPH Thunder, 5-0.

Also, in the second period Valentine came up big when he stopped a penalty shot. Had the shot gone in the whole momentum of the game would have changed in favor of TPH.  

The third period brought finesse and grit.

Meyer picked up a hat trick after scoring his third goal of the game a little over halfway through the third period. The goal came after Perrault chipped the puck out of the zone to Rumbaugh who sauced the puck over to Meyer for the sixth goal of the game.

Schantz and Jenny spent the third period throwing their bodies around to ensure that no one on TPH got within shooting distance of Valentine. Their defense tactics worked because TPH would not score once during the game.

The next game for the U18s will be on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6 pm EST. You can follow along on twitter with the @u18aaajackets and @aaabluejackets OR you can watch live on


by posted 03/27/2015
2015-16 AAA Tryouts

Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 2015-16

Tier 1 AAA Hockey Tryouts






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U19 Girls



Ice Haus

7:40 PM

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4:30 PM

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6:10 PM

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U18 & U16 Goalies



Ice Haus

5:50 PM

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11:00 AM

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4:30 PM

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Ice Haus

11:20 AM

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A strong turnout is expected for all sessions.  To secure your spot, 2004-2000 boys /U19 Girls players are encouraged to pre-register by Friday, April 3rd


U16  & U18 players should pre-register by Friday, May 15th.


Tryout Fees:  2005-2001, U19 girls = $100 (non refundable).  U16 & U18 = $125 (non refundable)


All players must complete the online registration for tryouts at 

To register, please visit -

If an additional tryout session is needed for 2005-2001 levels, it will take place on the following Wednesday, April 15th at Dublin Chiller.  Specific times will be communicated if an additional tryout is needed.

Additional program information is also available at  If you have any questions, please contact the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets’ Program Coordinator, Ed Gingher at



**We are also looking into adding a U15 boy’s team and should have more information soon. 

by posted 03/23/2015
2003s Win Ohio Valley AAA Tournament



Congratulations to our 2003s for winning the Ohio Valley AAA Tournament champions.


Game 1 vs Cleveland Barons :

The Jackets beat the Barons in regulation, 3-1. Vanden Heuvel scored two goals in this game. One of which was unassisted.


Game 2 vs Sylvania :

Sylvania topped the Jackets, 1-2, in game two of the tournament. The lone goal was scored by Schlotterbeck off of Vanden Heuvals faceoff win.


Game 3 vs Sylvania 02 AA :

The Jackets secured the number one seed in the tournament after topping Sylvania 02 AA in a dramatic 7-0 win. Brandeburg scored the first goal which was assisted by Jankowski and Knupp. Dondalski scored the second goal came off of a rebound. It came from a pass by Williams to Vanden Heuvel that the Sylvania goalie stopped. Goals three and four were scored by the lovely Vanden Heuvel. The third was assisted by Schlotterbeck and the fourth was tipped in off of a Watson slapper. Schlotterbeck came up big on the fifth goal rebounding his own shot into the net. Davis ripped one from the blue line that Jankowski tipped in for the sixth goal. The final goal of the 7-0 shutout goes to Davis who was assisted by Jankowski and Brandeburg.


Semifinals vs Sylvania 02 AA :

The Jackets take down Sylvania 02 AA for the second time in the tournament to take them on to the Finals, 5-1. Goals were scored by Koivisto (1), Sawyer (1), and Brandeburg (3).


Finals vs Cleveland Barons :

The Jackets topped the Barons, 4-3, in an exciting game that led to a shootout. Goals were scored by Dondalski (1), Jankowski (1), and Vanden Heuvel (2). Vanden Heuvel scored the shootout winner.


The 2003 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets end the season with 30 wins and a championship. They definitely gave us an exciting season of hockey.





by posted 03/15/2015
Jason Tackett Commits to Ferris State

Photo Credit: Kemptville 73s



On March 12th, Ohio Blue Jacket alum and current Kemptville 73s forward, Jason Tackett committed to Ferris State for the 2016-17 season. Committing to play for a Divison 1 college hockey team was a decision to make a dream come true. "It has been my dream to play Division 1 hockey since I was very young," reflected Tackett,"I am extremely excited to be a part of such an amazing program."

After weighting the type of education and hockey program Ferris State has to offer it was easy for Tackett to make his dream a reality. "It really just felt like the right spot for me," explained Tackett,"They play my style and always compete for a WCHA and National Championship which was a big factor in making my decision."

Tackett gives the Ohio Blue Jackets and the Kemptville 73s a lot of credit for preparing him to take the leap to college hockey.

From the Ohio Blue Jackets Tackett learned how to conduct himself on and off the ice. "The main thing I learned from Coach Gingher and the rest of the program was to always conduct myself in a professional manner," said Tackett.

The Kemptville 73s have taught Tackett how to play a more intense hockey game with teammates that are older than him. "You can never take a shift off," Tackett explained,"You have to compete 100% of the time to be able to make it to the next level."

All of these things will help Tackett immensely as he furthers his career in hockey. Maybe he'll even create a new memory to file away next to his favorite Ohio Blue Jackets memory, beating the Cleveland Barons in a shootout in the district semi finals.

by posted 03/14/2015
Blake Edwards Named to Second Team All NESCAC

Photo Credit: @tuftsathletics


For the second season in a row Ohio Blue Jackets Alum and current Tufts Captain, Blake Edwards, was named to the second team all NESCAC. With 3 goals and 7 assists in the 2014-15 season it’s clear to see why Edwards won this prestigious award again.

Upon receiving the award Edwards felt both honored and humbled.  “It is always nice to get awards like that because it feels like a reward for the hard work you’ve done,” explained Edwards, “There are a number of guys on our team that could have gotten the award as well.”

After discussing Edwards second time career achievement, he spoke freely about game day, Tufts Hockey, and being a part of the Ohio Blue Jackets organization.  

Game Day Prep

Edwards takes game day very seriously and follows a strict regimen to get him game ready. Two hours before game time Edwards shows up to the rink and gets changed into his workout clothes. Next, he tapes and prepares his sticks for the upcoming game. When those are ready to go Edwards goes on a hunt to find the perfect place for the team to warmup. When warmups are done, Edwards heads back to the locker room and begins to put on his gear. The right piece goes on first and then the left piece. Edwards even has a specific routine for on ice warmups. “I do certain things in warmups on the ice that would probably make you think I was crazy,” he explained, “but it is all part of my routine.”


Choosing Tufts

Education was a huge factor in Edwards choosing to play hockey at Tufts University. “Academics was the biggest deciding factor when it came to making my decision,” explained Edwards, “Tufts has a stellar reputation when it comes to academics.”


What Tufts Hockey Has Taught Blake Edwards

From being a part of the Tufts Hockey organization Edwards has learned the key to personal success. His explanation of personal success may not be what you thought it would be. “Overall it (Tufts Hockey) has taught me about putting the team before yourself,” explained Edwards, “by doing that you’ll get personal success.” Simple words from a humble captain that lead to big actions.

On Ed Gingher and the OBJ Organization

Edwards spoke freely and openly about his time with the Ohio Blue Jackets. He talked about the way he was treated and how it made him feel. The things Edwards said are a consistent theme of feelings among former and current players.

“The Columbus AAA program really helped me because of the people that are in the organization. They truly care about character when it come to their teams, and that will set anyone up with a good foundation for their future. I owe a lot to Ed Gingher for everything he has done for me even after I had left the AAA organization.”

Favorite OBJ Memory

The Cleveland Barons have been the arch nemesis of the Ohio Blue Jackets since the beginning. Both organizations are constantly battling for the hearts of Ohio. So it’s no surprise that Edwards’ favorite Ohio Blue Jackets memory is when they beat the Barons at the state playoffs in triple overtime. “We had a big crowd for the game that included a bunch of our friends and family,” reflected Edwards, “so it was a lot of fun to win a game like that in front of them.”

Words of Wisdom for the Current OBJ Players

“Have trust in the organization and your coaches. The program has come so far since my time there, and players have more opportunities than anyone else in the program before them. Don’t take these opportunities for granted.”


by posted 03/13/2015
Quebec Update #2



In the second tournament game the Blue Jackets played an all star team from the Long Island area, the Dix Hill Chiefs. After scouting this team on Tuesday, the coaching staff knew they had some talented players. The Blue Jackets wanted to match the same intensity as in the first tournament game and they looked like they were ready to go.


The Jacket’s game plan was to attack their defense with pressure, hold their blue line, forcing them to dump the puck in, and stay out of the penalty box. Joey Chaykowski opened the scoring for the Jackets at 5:12 of the first period. There were a flurry of shots that led to a scramble in front and Joey pounced on the rebound to give of the Jackets a 1 to 0 lead which they carried into the second period. The assists on the first goal went to Luke Sensky and Laith Abusalha.  Chaykowski's second goal of the game came at 9:26 of the second period. Luke Buss and Cody Brekke ​put on a strong fore check. Cody won the puck , passed to Joey who sniped far side and gave us a 2 to 0 lead.


They resurfaced the ice after the second period and the Jackets took the 2 to 0 lead into the third period. Unfortunately, the tables were turned in the third. Dix Hill had a breakaway in the first shift when they blocked a shot in their defensive end. The breakaway was stopped but the Dix Hill player shot the puck from behind the net and somehow it found its way in the net. It was an intense, back and forth third period. Dix Hill pulled their goalie and scored the equalizer with only 79 seconds left in regulation time.


Four on four overtime followed. The Jackets were given a holding penalty in overtime and with only 20 seconds left in the game, Dix Hill scored to knock the Blue Jackets out of the tournament. Coach Christian said after the game “the team fought hard and deserved a better fate”.


Trey Miller started in goal for the Blue Jackets and gave the Jackets 16 minutes of shut out hockey. Hayden Hoover came in during the second period and made several big saves during his time.


Today the team will play an exhibition game at the mall vs. the Jr. Ducks of Anaheim and Friday they will play an exhibition game vs. the Jr. Carolina Hurricanes. After the game on Friday, the Jackets will load up the bus and head back to Columbus leaving at 6 pm.

by posted 02/20/2015
Quebec Update # 1



After a nineteen hour bus ride and three exhibition games the 2002 Blue Jackets finally played their first tournament game yesterday at the Colisee. This is the 56th year of the International Quebec Pee Wee Tournament and the last year the tournament will be played in the historic Quebec Colisee. The 2002 Blue Jackets are in the second highest division in the tournament playing in the AA Elites.  Their opponent yesterday was an extremely talented team from Russia. “This Russian team is quite possibly the best Major Pee Wee team in the world”, said Coach Christian. The coaching staff had scouted the Russian team earlier in the week when they decisively beat a couple very strong teams playing out of the AAA Division.  They knew then they had their hands full with a power house Russian team.


The 02 Blue Jackets players have looked forward to this tournament and this game for two years. There were a lot of nerves prior to the game in the Blue Jackets dressing room.  Coach Christian’s pre-game speech was that the coaching staff is very proud of the way this team has come together and prepared all season. He asked the players to battle hard and leave it all on the ice and they did just that.


The Russians were visible stunned when, after the first period, the score was 0 to 0. The Jackets were very aggressive all over the ice. They did a nice job of holding their blue line and forced the Russians to dump the puck in.  The Jackets play a “swarm” defense in their defensive zone. “We " GO GO GO"  until we get the puck back” Coach Christian noted. The players are not allowed to body check, but the Jackets played a physical game by taking angles on Russians and using their bodies to protect the puck.



The Blue Jackets goaltender Trey Miller started the game and kept the Russians off the score sheet until 2 minutes and 10 seconds into the second period. In one flurry, Trey made three unbelievable saves. The Coaching Staff had decided, prior to the game, that the goalies would split the game no matter the score.  Hayden Hoover took over with four minutes left in the second period down 3 to 0. Hoover played very well giving up only one goal in the first 15 minutes he played. The Russians scored three goals in the final two minutes and Jackets fell 7 to 0.


After the game Coach Christian said, “Today our wingers blocked more shots than they have all season. In other words, we gave everything we had and we committed to our team concept. Unfortunately, the Russians proved to be too much for us today. Remember the name Marat Khusnutdinov. He is an amazing talent and the Russian captain.  Coach Jesse and I thanked the players for their effort and we appreciated how hard they worked.  We also reminded them that we are not done yet”.



On Wednesday, the Jackets will take on the Dix Hill Chiefs out of New York State. If they win, they will continue to advance and could make it back to the finals on Sunday. “I am confident if we get a similar effort as we did yesterday, we will have much better results against the Dix Hill Chiefs” Coach Christian added. 


Today the parents will enjoy a trip to the Ice Hotel and in the evening the entire team will attend a Quebec Major Junior game. The players, the parents and the coaches are having a great time in Quebec.  The Billet Captains are huge Blue Jackets supporters. Yvon and Benoit are making sure everything is running smoothly and that everyone is having fun.


by posted 02/17/2015
U18s Come Home Champions


The U18s headed to Blaine, Minnesota this weekend for the Tier 1 Elite Playoffs. Teams from across the country were ready to take on the infamous Ohio Blue Jackets. They wanted to prove they could beat the team who has been in the top 10 in the nation pretty much all season. Knowing they were one of the teams to beat at this tournament the Jackets brought their “A” game to Blaine.

Currently the U18 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are headed back to Columbus with some serious hardware. The U18s are officially the Champions of the Tier 1 Elite playoffs. They went 4-1-0 for the weekend. Below is a breakdown of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets scores. Great Job Boys!


Game 1 vs TPH Thunder (5-0)

  1. Joe Urbancic (Walker Sommer, Kole Sherwood)

  2. Trevor St. Jean (Cam Sangster)

  3. Kole Sherwood (Walker Sommer)

  4. Brock Rumbaugh (Carson Meyer)

  5. Trevor St. Jean (Bryan Babcock, Andrew Augustine)


Game 2 vs Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (1-4)

  1. Carson Meyer ( off a rebound from Mitch Perrault’s shot. )


Game 3 vs St. Louis Blues (3-2 OT)

  1. Brock Rumbaugh

  2. Nick Jenny

  3. Nick Jenny


Semi Finals vs Victory Honda (8-4 )

  1. Carson Meyers (Mitch Perrault, Nick Jenny)

  2. Mitch Perrault (Brock Rumbaugh, Carson Meyer)

  3. Walker Sommer (Carson Meyer, Kole Sherwood)

  4. Mitch Perrault (Carson Meyer, Bryan Babcock)

  5. Walker Sommer (Kole Sherwood)

  6. Brock Rumbaugh (Bryan Babcock)

  7. Zach Tyson (Cam Sangster, Trevor St. Jean)

  8. Brock Rumbaugh (Carson Meyer, Mitch Perrault)


Final vs Pens Elite (6-2)

  1. Trevor St. Jean (Cam Sangster, Zach Tyson)

  2. Trevor St. Jean (unassisted)

  3. Kole Sherwood (Brock Rumbaugh)

  4. Kole Sherwood (Walker Sommer)

  5. Zach Tyson

  6. Trevor St. Jean (Hat Trick)


by posted 02/16/2015
Kole Sherwood Commits to Boston University


Committing to play hockey at Boston University was a no-brainer for Kole Sherwood. "I knew it was home the second I got to campus," explained Sherwood, "I feel BU (Boston University) gives me the opportunity of reaching my ultimate goal of playing in the NHL."

Attending Boston University is more than just a path to the NHL for Sherwood. According to QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education, Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, and Newsweek, Boston University is one of the top 100 schools in the world for academics. In fact, the lowest BU was rated globally was at 78th.

When you put one of the best collegiate hockey teams in the country and one of the best academic programs in the world together it's clear why Sherwood committed to Boston University. "Overall it was the right fit for me, not just hockey wise but also academically," said Sherwood.

While at BU, Sherwood will use everything he was taught in the AAA Blue Jackets program to help guide him along the way. "Everything the coaches have taught me here I will use with me for the rest of my career," explained Sherwood, "It's like the foundation of a house, it's where I've grown and will continue to use everything every step of the way."

Sherwood is also looking forward to the relationships he will create with his future teammates. "I would say I'm looking most forward to creating a bond with the guys that you share the same goal and dream of reaching."

by posted 02/10/2015
Big Weekend For The Organization



Last weekend many of our teams came up big in their respective games.

The U18 boys swept and won the Mid Winter Classic held in Detroit. They beat the Ontario Avalanche (3-1), Hill Academy Prep (3-1), Soo Indians (4-1), Victory Honda (4-2), North Jersey Avalanche (6-2), and the Michigan Nationals (3-1). With a 47-8-0 record on the season the U18 boys hold down the number 3 spot in the nation.

The U16 boys extended their win streak to 9 games after beating their arch nemesis, the Cleveland Barons. Game one went to a thrilling shoot out that put the jackets on top, 4-3. Chase Gresock had a hat trick and scored the shoot out game winner. All of his goals were assisted by Justin Richards and Connor Pooley. In the second game, the U16 boys shutout the Barons, 4-0. Goals were scored by Alex Olschewske (Richards, Pooley), Hunter Hogue (Larbes, Reed), Chase Gresock (Richards, Pooley), and Justin Richards (Gresock). The weekends sweep moved the Jackets from 26th in the Nation to 21st.

The 2001s traveled to Chicago for the Super Series last weekend. They beat the Madison Capitals (3-1) and the Green Bay Gamblers (6-2). They ended the weekend with a loss agains the Chicago Young Americans (1-4). Currently the 2001s have a record of 25-17-5 and firmly sit at 28th in the Nation.

The Quebec bound 2002s swept the Tri State Spartans, 5-0 and 3-1. They have games this weekend in Pittsburgh and then head out on the road towards Quebec.

The 2003s were swept by the Pittsburgh Pens Elite, 1-3 and 1-5. Regardless of these losses they still sit in the top 50 across the Nation.

The 2004s finished the weekend with a record of 3-0-1. They swept Indy (3-0, 4-1), tied Tri State (4-4), and beat Tri State (5-1). This weekend the 2004s head to the Cleveland Showcase.


by posted 02/05/2015
Big Weekend for the U16 Boys

The U16 AAA Ohio Blue Jackets capped off a perfect weekend  at the Philadelphia showcase over MLK weekend going 4-0.  This is the first time in U16 AAA Ohio Blue Jacket history that a team has had a perfect sweep weekend in the Tier I Elite Hockey League. 

Game 1 = 6-2 Win over NJ  Rockets

Game 2 = 8-3 Win over Philly Jr Flyers

Game 3 = 3-1 Win over Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Game 4 = 3-1 Win over Boston Advantage

The combination of both solid offensive & defensive play made this a total team effort to complete the sweep this past weekend. 

Way to go U16 AAA Ohio Blue Jackets !!!

by posted 01/23/2015
Catching Up With Connor Murphy


On January 3, 2015 we traveled to Arizona to see alum Connor Murphy play in his home barn against the team he grew up watching. Murphy proved to be a tough opponent for the Columbus Blue Jackets. While he did not tally any points in the game, Murphy did get under a few Jackets' skin causing them to get rattled. Murphy set up a few really nice plays and constantly threw his body around to protect the goalie. The Coyotes would end up topping the Blue Jackets, 6-3.


Earlier that day Murphy was gracious enough to take a few minutes out of his game day routine to answer questions about the NHL and his time with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets.



Playing Against the Columbus Blue Jackets


It's kind of hard not to root for the Columbus Blue Jackets when your dad is the Assistant Coach and you play in their youth hockey league. So, for Murphy, when the Jackets step foot onto the ice at Gila River Arena it's always an exciting feeling. “It's really cool playing against the team you grew up watching,” explained Murphy, “It's always kind of surreal when you're out there after years of being in the stands watching them play.”



Playing Against His Dad


In December, Murphy experienced another memorable milestone in his career when the Coyotes took on the Flyers. The assistant coach of the Philadelphia Flyers just happens to be Gord Murphy, Connor's dad. In his wildest dreams, Connor Murphy never thought he would play against his dad. “Knowing he was always playing in the NHL I never thought it would turn into playing against him”, said Murphy, “It was really exciting and a great moment for our family.”


Even though they were both excited both Gord and Connor Murphy managed to keep it professional. “I was trying to make eye contact with him during warmups but he wouldn't look over,” Connor Murphy reflected with a chuckle.




How the AAA Prepared Him for the NHL


Murphy recognizes that the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets were an integral part of preparing him for life in the NHL. “That was the first time I was taught about routines and kind of what it takes to be a player,” explained Murphy. As an Ohio AAA Blue Jacket Murphy learned just how important it was to put in the time to work out, to practice, and train with the same kind of intense training the NHL Blue Jackets do. “We had Donskov training with Anthony Donskov,” said Murphy, “It helps you prepare and know how important off-ice stuff is.”


However, the most important lesson Murphy learned while with the AAA was how to keep his love of hockey strong. He credits his strong, undying love of hockey to the “great teammates” he has played with through out the years.



Lessons from the Coyotes Organization


As you grow into a better athlete you never stop learning. Every day is lesson full of different challenges. For Murphy, getting used to playing at the pro level has been one thing he learns to deal with on a daily basis. “You have to play consistently every night at your highest pace and be an effective player when you are on the ice,” explained Murphy.


According to Murphy the NHL is “different than any other league”. He pointed out that on top of the number of games you play in a season you also have to bring a lot of intensity to those games. Making it that much harder to balance intensity with having fun.



Favorite AAA Memory


We love hearing what our alums favorite memories are of the AAA program. Oddly enough it always involves the word “bus”. Murphy shocked us with his answer when he gave us a memory that didn't include the word “bus” once in the answer.


For Murphy making it to Nationals was his favorite memory. Granted, the results weren't what everyone had hoped. “We were pumped,” Murphy pauses to laugh, “and then we lost every game.” He then took a moment to reflect on how far the AAA Blue Jackets have come over the past few years. “Winning the Quebec Peewee tournament and making it to Nationals other years,” said Murphy, “It's crazy how much better they are now than we were.”




by posted 01/11/2015
The Season of Giving


We are officially in the heart of the season of giving. Every December many people catch the giving bug and luckily a few of our own have come down with giving fever.

At the beginning of December former Ohio AAA Blue Jacket, Connor Murphy, helped the Arizona Coyotes Foundation restore Bonsall Park North in Glendale, Arizona. Over the course of 6 hours the Coyotes turned the old, unstable playground into a beautiful and safe place for children to play.

Today Luke Buss (2002) headed to Nationwide Children's Hospital with multiple bags of donations in tow. The hospital is always in need of different items through out the year. Please consider making a donation this holiday season. No matter how big or small it will make a child's stay at the hospital a little more bearable. To see a list of items that Nationwide Children's hospital is in need of click here.

by posted 12/22/2014
More Than Just A Fundraiser



U18s Zach Tyson and Brock Rumbaugh participated in the “Do it for Daron”  fundraiser game the day after Thanksgiving. The event pulled in $10,000 to benefit the spread of Mental Health Awareness among teens. For Tyson and Rumbaugh this event was about more than raising money for a great cause.


Remembering Daron


Daron Richardson played with both Tyson and Rumbaugh on the CCYHA Blue Jackets before she moved to Ottawa. “She was one of our best defensemen,” reflected Tyson, “She played a whole entire tournament with a broken hand.” Both boys fondly reminisced about how purple was Daron's favorite color. “She wore purple under armor, had a purple tape ball, I mean purple everything,” said Tyson. Daron was also remembered as the happiest and nicest person both guys had ever met.


So you can imagine how hard it was for Tyson and Rumbaugh when they found out Daron had taken her life 4 years ago.


Rumbaugh was at an Ohio State tailgating party when his mom received the call about Daron's passing. “My mom broke down. I asked her what was wrong and she told me,” reminisced Rumbaugh, “It was terrible. It put a damper on the day that's for sure.”


Tyson was also with his mom when he heard the news. They were shopping at Hockey Stop when Mrs. Tyson received the phone call. “I remember being so shocked. I didn't know what to say or do,” said Tyson, “You should never be forced to do something like that.”


The Do it for Daron Fundraiser


When Tyson and Rumbaugh found out about the fundraiser game they jumped at the chance to play. Timing was perfect as the fundraiser took place during Thanksgiving break when the boys had no school or games. “I thought it was a great idea,” said Rumbaugh, “It was a great way to get the message out about mental health awareness.” Tyson also enjoyed being reunited with his former teammates. “It was great seeing all the guys I played with when I was little,” explained Tyson, “Half of those guys are in college already and I'm a Junior in high school.”


Both Tyson and Rumbaugh were impressed by the amount of people who showed up and supported the cause by donating $10,000 to the “Do it for Daron Foundation”. However, they hope this isn't the last you'll hear people talking about mental health awareness. Tyson and Rumbaugh want others to keep the conversation about mental health going. “There needs to be some form of communication at all times,” explained Rumbaugh, “I think as a kid there is nothing so bad that you have to take your own life because of it.” Tyson also pointed out that spreading mental health awareness is also about walking the walk. “You have to be willing to help anybody. Whether you know them or not, you have to be willing to help anybody,” said Tyson.


Something Good From Something Bad


Zach Tyson once said, “Something good will always come out of every event that occurs.” He is correct. For every negative there is a positive. Sometimes you have to search to find the positive but it's there. Luckily, Tyson and Rumbaugh found their positive and let Daron's death change them for the better. Both guys have modeled their lives around what they learned from Daron. “It made me take a different approach with people, especially my sisters, “ said Rumbaugh, “I know they have been through a lot of hard times. You kind of have to wake them up and say don't say that”. Tyson has taken a very similar approach to life. He's decided to carry on “Daron's tradition of being nice to everyone.” Tyson considers it the best way to honor her memory.


In honor of Daron Richardson and all those who have struggled with mental health let's keep the conversation alive. Don't be afraid for we are here to listen and help.


by posted 12/15/2014
Coach Cassels Speaks Out About Mental Health Awareness



Coach Andrew Cassels has joined forces with his fellow NHL Blue Jackets Alumni to support the spread of mental health awareness. On Friday, November 28th at 3pm in the Ice Haus Andrew Cassels, Jody Shelley, Chris Clark, Brett Harkins, Jean-Luc Grand Pierre, Fredrick Modin, and Martin Spanhel will take the ice against Daron Richardson’s former teammates. Daron, the daughter of former Blue Jackets captain Luke Richardson, lost her battle with depression when she committed suicide in 2010. From her death a foundation was created called “Do it for Daron”. The focus of “Do it for Daron” is to spread mental health awareness among the community in hopes that less people will suffer the same fate as Daron.       


Leading up to the event Coach Cassels and I discussed the importance of mental health awareness and why this cause is important to both of us. The transcript of our conversation is below.


Elaine Shircliff: You guys are doing the fundraiser to support Do it for Daron, right?

Andrew Cassels: Yes and it’s going to be on the Friday after thanksgiving

ES: This is your first fundraiser as an alumni association right?

AC: Yep

ES: What made you guys want to do this for your first fundraiser to support this organization? Was it because you played with Luke Richardson?

AC: Yes, Luke actually played with myself, Jody, and Jean-Luc. It was such a big hit last year when Jerome and Coughlin played. I think it’s a great way, especially for high school kids and teenagers to know that there are some issues out there that some people aren’t aware of.

ES: My best friend’s birthday is on the day of the fundraiser. He and I have been friends for about 21 years and he committed suicide in 2013. He was a firefighter and that’s what they are trying to work on with firefighters right now. People kind of skate around it and don’t talk to each other about it. I think it’s great that you’re doing this. It’s hard to talk about with kids and they need to know about this. They need to see it and talk about it.

AC: I totally agree. I think a lot of people don’t realize that it’s ok and it’s not their fault. There’s ways of getting help and to seek that help that you obviously need. Whether it be some kind of support system or whatever it is that the professionals can help with. I think people are either afraid to ask for help or for whatever reason don’t think there is help.

ES: Or they feel like they are the strong one in the group so they don’t say anything.

AC: Right, I totally agree. Maybe that’s part of it too. Obviously it’s an illness and maybe they think it’s normal. I think it’s a great way to show the community we obviously support it and some of us have experienced it firsthand. I was at the funeral and am still in touch with Luke. They have another daughter too. It definitely is something that the more you can get out and show awareness that there is help out there the better. If we can help one person then that would be awesome.

ES: Exactly, if you can help one that’s all that matters. I’m really glad you’re doing this it’s important that adults have a way to talk to their kids about it. Parents don’t always know how to ask their kids “hey are you depressed?”

AC: Right. That’s true. There are so many parents because their kids are teenagers think that they are on their own so to speak. No one pays as close attention as we do when your kids are 5,6, or 7. Once they get a little older they tend to do a lot more on their own. Parents aren’t as close to their children a at that age and they don’t always see the changes. There’s always different things I think parents can look for.

ES: There’s always that struggle to give your kid independence and not smothering them. This event kind of toes the line and gives the chance to open that conversation.

AC: I agree, I totally agree.

ES: Thank you so much for talking to me about this subject.

AC: Hey no problem at all. I’m sorry about your best friend 

ES: It’s weird but a lot of good things have happened since then. It’s sad but for our group of friends it put life into perspective for us.

AC: Yea, as sad as it is you’re right. Sometimes something good comes from something bad and helps a lot more people out.

ES: He and I were the strong ones and when he died everyone became my rock. I was like “Oh wait people do that other than us?”

AC: Exactly, there are people who do things for us that we do for them. It’s great it worked out that way. A lot of times it can go the other way and you’re group of friends could have separated a bit. If you come closer together that’s great.


Coach Cassels, the AAA Blue Jackets, and I urge you to come out to this event on Friday. Use it as a time of learning and healing. For more information on the event please visit the Blue Jackets website.


by posted 11/27/2014
Austin Pooley Commits to The Ohio State University

Photo Credit: Fargo Force


Former AAA Ohio Blue Jacket, Austin Pooley, committed to play hockey at The Ohio State University on October 29th. After leaving the AAA Jackets, Pooley headed to the Omaha Lancers of the USHL where he played 46 games tallying 1 goal and 7 assists. Pooley was traded to the Fargo Force this off-season and it has proved to be a great fit for him. In the 13 games Pooley has played this season he's scored 4 goals and 2 assists giving him two points less than what he finished with last season.


As you can see Pooley is well on his way to being a phenomenal athlete but how did he get to where he is now. Why was it so important that he attend Ohio State? What made him the athlete he is today? He answered many of these questions and more.



Why he chose Ohio State :


A lot of factors came into play for Pooley when it came to committing to Ohio State. The first factor was the type of coaching staff that is currently involved in the Ohio State hockey program. Any hockey player will tell you a coaching staff can make or break a person's desire to play for a team. Luckily for Ohio State, Pooley feels as though he has formed a great relationship with the current coaches. “They really believe in me as hockey player and as a person,” explained Pooley, “They are giving me a great opportunity to come in and succeed.”


The second factor is location to family and friends. For Pooley hometown of Dublin is only 15 minutes away from campus. “I grew up watching and dreaming about playing at OSU,” said Pooley, “It will be great to have most of my family and friends at most of my games.”


The third and final factor is the one that sealed the deal for Pooley. When he sets foot onto the ice wearing an Ohio State sweater for the first time Pooley will be adding to his family's legacy at Ohio State. His uncle and dad played for Ohio State. “It is a great honor to play underneath my uncle's retired jersey hanging in the rafters and to see my dad's pictures hanging all around the rink,”said Pooley. Both his uncle and dad were All-Americans and top collegiate hockey players while they attended Ohio State. While this would make most players nervous Pooley welcomes the challenge. “This pushes me everyday to be great and get better, as I have a lot to prove and live up to,” explained Pooley.



Fondest AAA Memory:


Most AAA Ohio Blue Jackets alumni say there favorite memory revolves around the bus trips they often take to games. Pooley had a different favorite which, yes, included the bus but is not the sole memory. Pooley's favorite memories stem from the Super Showcases that the AAA Jackets often attend. “There is just so much excitement around it,” explained Pooley, “From the 12 hour bus rides with the boys to getting excited to play against some of the best teams in the country and battle for points in the standings” He even acknowledged the fact that the level of play is different at showcases. “It is fun and exciting to play in front of a couple hundred scouts which elevates the play a lot”.



How did the AAA Ohio Blue Jackets prepare him for the USHL


Every hockey player has to start learning somewhere. For Pooley the learning started with the AAA Blue Jackets. He took some valuable intangibles with him from the AAA to the USHL.


The first was the competitive schedule the AAA plays in the Tier 1 Elite system. The 60 game schedule the AAA plays is very similar to intense schedule of the USHL. “In the USHL you play a 60 game year plus playoffs, if you make it,” explained Pooley.


The second way the AAA Jackets prepared Pooley for the USHL was how to be a consistent player no matter how you are feeling. “You learn to play through sore legs and fatigue,” said Pooley, “The USHL is both a mental and physical grind and you have to be ready to play every night to have success.”



What the USHL has taught him :


The best players are always learning new things regardless of their age and their situation. The past few season the USHL has taught Pooley a few things. “It (USHL) teaches a player how to battle through all kind of adversity,” he said, “It helps you develop a lot by playing against the best players in the country everyday in practice and in games.”


Pooley has also learned a lot about the fine art of paying attention to detail. “In the earlier stages of hockey you can get away with avoiding the small things but as you progress to higher and higher levels those little details become huge,” explained Pooley. According to Pooley the attention to detail can not only make or break your career but also you as as person.


What he plans on taking with him from both programs


Everyone takes away something different from the programs they have played for in their career. However, Pooley is taking the same thing from both the AAA and the USHL; a different mindset. “You have to take everyday as a new day and a day to get better,” explained Pooley of the mindset both programs have created within him.There are a lot of good hockey players and it you are not getting better then you are getting passed. Somebody is getting passed and somebody is passing somebody. I want to make sure I'm in the car in the left lane passing the other cars.”


As you can see, Pooley has allowed both the AAA and the USHL change him completely. He is open to grow into a better hockey player and a better human being.


Advice for current kids in the program


In my eyes, what makes the AAA Blue Jackets so special is the great advice the alumni always leave for the current kids in the program. What Austin Pooley imparts on the youth of program is something to not take with a grain of salt. Read it. Learn it. Live it. Love it.


My advice to the kids playing AAA right now would be to take everyday as a opportunity to get better. Don't just go through the motions in practice but take practice as a tool to becoming a better player and to transform your game. Put everything you have into your game as you only have one opportunity in life and don't let it go to waste. No regrets and no excuses! Secondly, have fun. If you are not having fun getting better and are not enjoying the process then you are In the wrong sport. Play the game hard and have fun doing it. “

by posted 11/12/2014
2002 AAA Blue Jackets sweep the Cleveland Barons

This weekend the 2002 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets played host to division rivals, Cleveland Barons. The boys came off a skills weekend and were ready to use what they learned during a game. Whatever happened during Skills Weekend proved to be successful for the 2002s as they swept the Cleveland Barons. Here's how it all went down.





A lot of shots were being taken in the first two and a half minutes of the period. Nothing was going in or the Baron's goalie was quick to stop the puck. In between 11 and 10 minutes left in the first, Miller made save after save not flinching. He was strong and steady. With 8:59 left in the first, Buss kept attacking the net but nothing was getting through. Zimmerman skated around with puck with no one to pass to so the puck was stolen with a little over 6 to play in the first. Thirty seconds later the Jackets defensemen and goalie combined their powers to stop the Barons from scoring. With 426 left, Buss got in the way of the puck but the whistle was called before his teammate could take off with it. A minute later, Kish raced down the ice with the puck but was triple teamed on the boards. The puck was stolen away and cleared out by the Barons. Burgin proved to be an asset for the team with 2:28 left as he fell to the ground in front of the boards. He managed to win the battle while lying on the ground. With under a minute to play in the first period it appeared the Jackets scored but it was ruled “no goal”. The period would end with both teams tied at zero.


Thirty seconds into the second period Buss broke away from the pack. Kish skated to meet him but couldn't get there in time as he just missed the pass from Buss. With 12:31 left in the second, a shot was fired at Miller but he managed to keep a firm grasp on the puck. A few seconds later the Jackets had a chance to show off their penalty kill skills as Toirov headed to the box. During the penalty kill the Jackets applied a lot of pressure and you could barely tell they were down a man. Hortz fired a shot through the legs of a Baron with 8:02 left in the second but was stopped by their goalie. A little over five minutes left in the second, Headlee fired the puck and it bounced off the goalie's mask sailing out of bounds. Thirty seconds later the Barons would win a faceoff that would lead to a goal in their favor. However, it was not an easy goal for the Barons. There were three shots on Miller before the puck finally went into the net. The second period would end with the Jackets trailing the Barons, 0-1.


The Jackets headed into the third fired up and ready to get a win out of this game. Within the first two and a half minutes Zimmerman scored the equalizer. A minute and a half later Zimmerman almost scored hi second goal of the game on a fast and furious style breakaway. With 5:34 left Walker had a clean breakaway from the pack and shot the puck just above the Barons' goalie's head giving the Jackets the 2-1 lead. Five seconds in the game and the Barons wanted to at the very least tie things up. The Barons head toward the net and one of the Barons fires off a shot. Miller does the splits effectively stopping the goal and saving the game. Jackets would beat the Barons, 2-1.




The Cleveland Barons entered the ice unamused at the fact they lost a 1-0 lead in the first game. They are here and ready to win. However, the 2002s want to prove that the last game wasn’t a fluke and that they can win games.


Thirty seconds into the game Burgin raced down the ice and popped one over the Barons goalie's shoulder. Not even two minutes later Sensky lobbed the puck from below the blue line. It looked like it went wide but that puck sailed right past the Barons goalie. The Jackets quickly took the 3-0 lead when Toirov took a page out of Sensky's book and lobbed the puck from just below the blue line. The puck would bounce in past the Barons goalie. The Barons would change goalies immediately after the third goal. The Barons would spend the rest of the period desperately trying to score a goal. They would be unsuccessful and the Jackets would end the period on top, 3-0.


The Jackets would yet again dominate in the second period. A little under three minutes into the period they took the 4-0 lead. A few minutes later Abusalha showed why he's an asset to the team by managing to clear the puck while falling. Then with 6:25 left in the second period the Jackets extend their lead to 5-0 after attacking the net. Both goalies stay alert for the remainder of the period not allowing anyone to score.


At the start of the third period the Jackets were down a man. They didn't let the lack of man power phase them at all. The Jackets were grinding hard and wanted to win this game. Thirty seconds after returning to even strength Brekke tried to get the puck over the goal line at the corner but was stopped. However, it took the Barons' goalie and two of their defensemen to stop him from scoring. With 11:32 left in the period the Barons managed to catch Hoover off-guard and score a powerplay goal. There would be no shut out but there would be another goal from the Jackets thanks to Sensky. He headed towards the Barons' net with 51 seconds left in the game, falls, and manages to push the puck past the goal line. The clock would wind down without a retaliation score from the Barons. The Jackets would win, 6-1, and sweep the weekend series.


Up next for the 2002 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets is an appearance in the Detroit Super Showcase. This weekends sweep should give them the confidence to do well in the upcoming showcase.


by posted 11/12/2014
2001s Get Swept By TPH Thunder


The 2001s came into the weekend flying high after sweeping their rival the Cleveland Barons. They were ready to continue the win streak and show the world why they are the reigning World Champions. The TPH Thunder are one of the better known organizations in the league. Known for pulling their teams from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee they are a threat to every team they play. TPH proved they are a force to be reckon with this past weekend as they swept the 2001 Jackets, 2-1 and 4-2.


Game 1: Chiller North : 8 am



Within 19 seconds of puck drop Anthony Vidrick raced to TPH's net but was stopped by the goalie. Less than 10 seconds later 28 fried a rocket from the blueline that created traffic in front of the net. Vineyard used this to his benefit. He passed to White who then scored. The Jackets took the early lead, 1-0.With 11:26 left in the period Cox fired through traffic towards the TPH net. A TPH player's leg got in the way and he crawled off the ice. With 2:48 left in the period, Landshof and Miller attacked the net. Just as Landshof was about to push the puck through the goalies leg the whistle was blown. Thirty seconds later Giambrone snuck around the corner of the net trying to get the puck across the goal line. He was stopped but kept trying only to be denied again and again. In the last minute of the period Carper goes to the box for roughing. The period would end with the Jackets up a goal but down a man.


A little over a minute into the second period Carper headed out of the box and the Jackets immediately went on a powerplay. A few minutes later Hall see an opening, launches a missile at the TPH net but is magically stopped. No clue how the goalie saw that puck coming. It looked as though TPH would score with 11:04 left in the second but Fortin made an incredible block that deterred that from happening. A minute and a half later Moronne headed to the box for cross checking. The Jackets would be down a man for 30 seconds before going back to even strength as White was hooked. There was a great brush away save by Andrew Vidrick with 8:49 left in the period. He continued to make great save after great save. Including a puck that was fired above Andrew Vidrick's head that he managed to bat out of the air with 4:10 left in the period. Four seconds later Anthony Vidrick would head to the box for roughing. This penalty would lead to the tying goal scored by TPH. The second period would end with both teams tied at 1.


Within the first two and a half minutes of the third period White attacked the net. He tried so hard to get a goal that he knocked the goal off of it's post. Thirty seconds later, Anthony Vidrick was boarded. The boarding fired him up. Vidrick broke away, headed towards TPH's goal, fired, and was denied all before the refs finally called TPH for boarding him earlier. While on the powerplay Carper would slide the puck in front of the goalie to Scherer who tries to tap it in but the TPH goalie would stop the puck. The powerplay would end without a goal from either side. White broke away with 7:36 left. He would fake right, move across the goalie, and try to stuff the puck in. TPH's goalie was able to get move in time to stop the goal from happening. Carper would block a pass that would lead to Anthony Vidrick getting another scoring chance. He went around the traffic and fired right at the goalie. The puck bounced off the goalie's pads. Vidrick tries to rebound the puck only to be stopped by the goalie with 6:21 left in the period. Giambrone snuck around the back of the net and tried to sneak the puck in with 4:48 left in the period but TPH's goalie was quick to stop the puck. With 3:58 left in the game TPH took the lead. The game would end with TPH topping the Jackets, 2-1



Game 2: Chiller North: Noon


The beginning of the first period was full of attempt after attempt on net. A little over four minutes into the game Anthony Vidrick went around the back of the net and was double teamed. With 8:35 left in the period, it looked like White was able to knock the puck in but TPH's goalie had his stick right on the goal line. Miller passed to Anthony Vidrick who just missed the puck and no goal would be had with 7:40 left in the period. About two minutes later TPH became the first team on the board, 1-0. With 3:55 left Anthony Vidrick and Fleet try to poke the puck past the goal line. TPH's goalie was able to get his pad down in time to stop the Jackets from scoring. Thirty seconds later Hall fires through traffic just missing the net. A little under three to play in the period and Landshof had a nice backhand pass to Carper who got double teamed. Thirty seconds later Carper broke away, fired, and was stopped. The first period would end with TPH leading the Jackets, 1-0.


A little under four minutes into the second period Morrone went around back of the net and passed to Speaks in hope of getting the puck out of the Jackets zone. TPH got the puck but Landshof was there to steal it back and clear it out. Andrew Vidrick made an incredible stop, with 9:31 to play, that would cause his brother, Anthony Vidrick, to breakaway. A little over two minutes later, Barnish scored the equalizer and put the Jackets back in the game. Both teams turned up the heat and the attempts on goal rose. With 2:46 left in the second period, TPH fired a shot at Andrew Vidrick who couldn't get his pads together quick enough. TPH would take the lead, 2-1. Ten seconds later Anthony Vidrick would avenge the TPH goal with a goal of his own. The second period would end with both teams tied at 2.


The third period started with a lot of hard hits and near misses for both teams. With 9:21 left in the period Fortin used his size to his benefit and unsuspectingly knocked a TPH player over and foils his attempt at a shot on goal. Giambrone flew in front of the net in an attempt to score with 8:35 left but was foiled by the goalie. There was a solid seven second battle along the boards with 5:46 left in the game. Daily broke away with the puck and passed to Miller who was stopped. With 3:55 left TPH created a lot of traffic in front of Andrew Vidrick. TPH would take the lead, 3-2. Thirty seconds later TPH broke away, popped the puck over Andrew Vidrick's head, and into the net giving TPH the 4-2 lead. With 1:40 left in the third, White won the faceoff in front of TPH's net but no goal would be had. As the buzzer went off Vidrick attempted a slap shot goal to get within one goal of TPH. It would get stopped and TPH would go on to win 4-2.

by posted 11/05/2014
Weekend Scoreboard: 10/25 - 10/26 and 11/1 -11/2


The past two weeks have been a roller coaster for some of our teams.

Last weekend the U18s impressive win streak ended at the hands of Culver Military Academy. They dropped both games, 1-3 and 1-7. This weekend the boys headed to Pittsburgh hungry for a win against the Esmark Stars. A new win streak was started as they swept the Stars winning 3-2 and 5-3.

The U16s were also in Culver last weekend and tied the series, 5-4 and 1-2. They traveled with the U18s this past weekend to take on the Pittsburgh Vengeance and Esmark Stars. They beat the Vengeance (5-2) and tied the series with the Esmark Stars. Tying their first game, 3-3, and winning the last, 4-1.

A busy few weekends was had by the 2000s. Last weekend they played at home against the Pens Elite and TPH Thunder. They dropped all three game 3-6, 0-5, and 0-9. This past weekend they played the Tri-State Spartans. They tied the first game, 3-3, and won the final , 3-1.

After sweeping their rivals the Cleveland Barons last weekend the 2001s were flying high as they entered this weekends game against the TPH Thunder. Unfortunately, they weren't flying high enough because TPH swept the 2001s, 1-2 and 2-4.

After being swept by the TPH Thunder last weekend, 1-7 and 1-3, the 2002s headed into skills weekend.

The 2003s also played TPH last weekend. They tied the series losing the first game, 1-5, and winning the last game, 3-1. They had skills weekend this past weekend also.

The newest kids in the bunch, 2004s, played the Pens Elite this weekend. They were swept , 5-10 and 3-7.

Like we said earlier, it was a crazy roller coaster ride these past two weekends. Hopefully, this coming weekend will be full of Ws.

by posted 11/04/2014
2004s Win Warrior AAA Invitational Tournament



Congratulations to the 2004 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets for winning the Warrior AAA Invitational Tournament. Teams from all over Canada and the United States come out to play in this tournament. The 2004s had a record of 5-0-1 for the weekend. Megahan and Ennis had a combined save percentage of 93.3%, saving 140 of the 150 shots they faced.



Game Scoreboard:

Game 1 vs Florida Alliance: Jackets shut out the Alliance, 2-0

Game 2 vs Victory Honda Pond: Jackets tied Victory Honda, 1-1

Game 3 vs Hamburg Hawks: Jackets defeated the Hawks, 4-3

Game 4 vs CT Oil Kings: Jackets topped the Oil Kings, 4-3

Game 5 (Semi-finals) vs Oakville Rangers: Jackets topped the Rangers, 3-2

Game 6 (Championship Game) vs Compuware: Jackets had a comeback win over compuware, 2-1





8- Erik Miller scored a team high of 8 goals during the Warrior AAA Invitational Tournament. He had a hattrick in one of the games and scored the only two goals in the Championship game.


3- Romulus Riego de Rios


1- Thomas Adam, Trevin Ehrie, Gunner garrett, Ryan Gingher, Hayden Stavroff, and Brandon Paluszak




4 -  Brandon Paluszak


2- Trevin Ehrie, Nathan McBrayer, Romulus Riego de Dios


1- Grant Babcock, Jackson Dickson, Will Elger, Gunner Garret, John Kneidel, Hayden Stavroff


by posted 10/19/2014
U16 Boys Tie Weekend Series With Jr. Hurricanes


While most of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets teams were in Detroit and Chicago this weekend the U16 boys hosted the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. They ended the weekend with a tied series. Here is how it all played out.


Game 1. 4:00pm at the Ice Haus


The first period started out a little rough with missed passes and turn overs from both teams. A faceoff took place in front of the Jackets net with 11:36 left in the period. Richards won the faceoff and Gresock took off with the puck towards the Jr. Hurricanes goal. Unfortunately, Gresock was clipped before he could fire the puck towards the net. With 10:48 left in the first the Jr. Hurricanes cleared the puck but Smith chased it down before the Jr. Hurricanes could catch it. Over nine minutes left in the period and the Jackets turned up the heat by consistently completing hard, clean hits into the boards. Burgin lays a nice hit near the benches with 8:12 left in the period. The Jr. Hurricanes call for a penalty but the refs will not give into their demands. With 7:35 left a shot flies right by the Jackets net as Michaelis and a Jr. Hurricane fly into the post causing it to be reset. A few seconds later, Gresock flies down the ice with the puck but is denied as falls to the ground mid shoot. With 2:40 left it looked as thought he Jr. Hurricanes would score but the Jackets' defensemen skated in the way of the puck .The period would end with both teams tied at zero.

 Two minutes into the second period the Jackets go down a man as Richards heads towards the box. The Jackets showed their PK skills and successfully killed the penalty. Crawford takes off with the puck with 12:25 left but takes a hard hit by a Jr. Hurricane causing him to lose possession of the puck. 30 seconds later the Jr. Hurricanes become the first on the board.  For the next four minutes the Jackets would go  on two separate powerplays. Nothing would come from either of them. With 8:11 left in the period Michaelis saw an opening and fired through traffic. The Jr. Hurricanes goalie saw the puck coming and stopped the it from going any further. There would be no goal. The next few minutes provided attempt after attempt to tie the game up. None of the attempts worked until Pooley popped one into the net and politely saluted his teammates. The Jackets and Jr. Hurricanes tied at 1 with 4:49 left in the second period. A minute later, Richards would feel a lot of pressure along the boards from the Jr. Hurricanes but would manage to clear the puck. Up to this point in the game Richards has proved to be a very persistent goal attacker. His “never give up” attitude paid off with 55.6 seconds left in the period giving the Jackets a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Almost immediately in the third a Jr. Hurricane was left alone to his own devices. Thankfully, he shot wide of the net. Two minutes later the Jr. Hurricanes tied things up. With 10:06 left in the game the hits and pucks started flying. Everyone wanted to break that tie and each team's goalie began to put on a show. There was a lot of pressure and traffic in front of Dop, with 7:16 left, but he was able to shut down the Jr. Hurricanes. Half a minute later Query went in for a hit but was knocked to the ground. Being the resilient player that Query is he immediately slid towards the boards and battled for the puck. Query was able to pass it along to a teammate who cleared the puck into the Jr. Hurricanes zone. The Jackets were able to keep the puck down there for the next 30 seconds. Dop made a risky yet successful move with 5:41 to go. The puck laid a little over arms length away from Dop. He looked up, saw a Jr. Hurricane headed towards the abandoned puck and quickly left his post to pounce on the puck. A play by Dop that will not be soon forgotten. With 2:33 left in the game the Jr. Hurricanes cause a hot mess of traffic in front of Dop and manage to sneak one past him. The Jackets were able to keep the Jr. Hurricanes from scoring again but would lose, 2-3.



Game 2 . 8:30 am at Chiller North.

The Jackets started the game out strong with two goals within the first 7 minutes. One from Reed and one from Burgin.  Gresock gets a nice breakaway with 4:28 to go. He stopped, moved back, and fired a backhand shot towards the goal. There were four Jr. Hurricanes in front of the net to stop the puck. Two minutes later Reed had a few seconds of alone time with the puck before getting slammed into the board. He and Kirby were forced into a battle against the Jr. Hurricanes along the boards. They tried hard to win the battle but the Jr. Hurricanes prevailed. With a minute to go Barber fires off a shot at the goal but the Jr. Hurricanes' goalie is awake enough to stop the puck. The period would end with the Jackets up by two goals.

The second period starts with the Jackets pushing hard to extend the lead by three. Smith stopped a potential deadly breakaway with 12:35 left in the period. With 9:38 left Burgin popped one of the boards. The Jr. Hurricanes' goalie abandons the net to go behind and try to clear the puck. It was a risky move but it worked. Barber headed to the box with 8:54 left and the Jackets go down a man. Gresock used this time to grind hard. He broke away, fired, and was stopped. A minute and a half into Barber's penalty the Jr. Hurricanes score bringing them within one goal of the Jackets. With 5:18 left, Michaelis headed to the box down a man. Thirty five seconds into the penalty, Olschewske joined Michaelis in the box giving the Jr. Hurricanes a two-man advantage. The Jackets would successfully kill both penalties. With 2:40 left in the period the puck is popped into the air. As it began to fall down behind Decoursey and into the goal Smith knocked it out of the air. The second period would end with the Jackets up by one goal, 2-1.

Richards came to the third period ready to play. Twenty seconds into the third he fired one from the blue line but was stopped. Following suit, a minute later, Michaelis fired one from the blue line. He was also stopped. The boys were determined to score that third goal and with 12:59 to go Olschewske would be the man to do it. With 2:13 left to play the Jr. Hurricanes would score with the help of the post. A minute later the Jr. Hurricanes would pull their goalie and Larbes would score on the empty net. The Jackets would pull out the win, 4-2.


Next up for the U16s is a road trip to Culver, Indiana to play Culver Academy.

by posted 10/19/2014
U16 Girls Compete Well Despite Injuries


The U16 girls knew they had their hands full at their first showcase of the season in Cleveland this past weekend, missing 3 players due to injury. They still showed that they could compete with all the teams quite well, though somewhat challenged in putting enough pucks in the net to pull out the desired wins (losing 3 games by 1 goal), 1 tie and 1 win. Scoring goals for the team this weekend were Rogers, Schauer, Hatcher, Brumfield, Heminger, Maley, Miller and another solid weekend by Wickiser "Wicky" with 4 goals.

Next up for the Lady Jackets is hosting two home games this coming weekend versus the St Thomas (Ontario) Panthers.  The first game will take place at 6:00p Friday (10/10) at Chiller North, followed by a second game 7:30 am Sunday (10/12) at the Ice Haus. 

by posted 10/07/2014
U14 Girls Fall to Dallas Stars Elite, 0-7



The Stars Elite have to play against U12 AA boys teams because there aren’t enough girls teams to play in Texas. How would they hold up against another AAA girls team in their own age bracket?


An interference penalty was called right off the opening faceoff. Almond (Jackets) would head to the box. Not long after the Jackets successful penalty kill they would go on the powerplay. Both teams have a strong penalty kill which has proved helpful for both teams. Halfway through the period and it looked as though both teams were going to stay tied at zero. With 7:16 left in the period the Stars Elite scored (Jahnke) and then scored (McIlroy) again 11 seconds later. The Stars Elite kept transplanting in front of the net to create a lot of traffic. As you can see it worked out well for the Stars Elite. A minute and a half later Balazs (Jackets) broke away from the pack and it looked as though she was going to score. Without warning two Stars Elite were on her, pushed her into the boards, and stole the puck. With 4:07 left in the period, Almond (Jackets) had a chance at the net but the Stars Elite turned up the pressure. Almond passed to Monturo (Jackets) who fired one just past the net. A few minutes later the Jackets would head to the penalty kill. A minute into the penalty Hendry (Stars Elite) would score a freaky goal. Luck was on their side. With 20 seconds left in the period it looked as though the Stars Elite would score again. Luckily, Bolyard (Jackets) was awake and the Stars Elite ended up firing a point blank shot into her pads. The first would end with the Jackets trailing the Stars Elite, 0-3.


The start of the second period. The Stars Elite fired a shot at the Jackets net and it slowly glided between Bolyard’s leg. She sits down in time to stop the goal. A Stars Elite broke away with 12:21 to play in the period, went around the back of the net, and was stuffed by Bolyard. With 12:05 left the Stars Elite got their revenge on that block and Yoshida scored. Making it 4-0. A little over 9 to play, Wang (3) battled hard along the boards to try and get the puck out of their zone. With 5:16 left in the second Bolyard thought Jahnke (33 Stars Elite) was shooting down low but the puck was popped over her head. Stars Elite with the 5-0 lead. A minute and a half left in the period and Rittenhouse  (Stars Elite) pops the puck over Bolyard's head. The Jackets would end the second down by 6.


Within the first minute of play in the third, the Lady Jackets go on a two man advantage. The penalties would end without a Lady Jackets goal. With 9:22 left Wang (26) broke through the crowd and fired but the Stars' goalie caught it. The Lady Jackets turned up the intensity for the next few minutes but it wasn't enough to slow the Stars Elite down. The Stars' Rittenhouse would score with 3:10 left in the game while on the penalty kill. With 20 seconds left, Almond tries her hardest to make sure the Lady Jackets are not shut out. Unfortunately, no score would be had and the Lady Jackets would lose to the Dallas Stars Elite, 0-7.


by posted 10/04/2014
U16 Girls Look For a Win Against the Dallas Stars Elite




Right off the bat Cropper makes a nice save. With 8:35 left in the period 21 passes to 15. She shoots but is stopped. A minute later a rocket is fired at Cropper but she redirects it. No goal for the Stars Elite. Cropper begins to put on a show as she does the splits to stop the puck with 6:56 left in the period. With 4:37 left in the period Heminger puts some juice behind the puck but the Jr. Stars goalie was able to stop it from entering the net. Both goalies are, yet again, putting on a show for the crowd. In the final 35 seconds of the period Heminger tries her hardest to keep the puck away from the opposition. Before the buzzer sounds she was able to pass the puck to a teammate who cleared it out of the zone. The first period would end with the Lady Jackets and Stars Elite tied at zero.


It was a rough start to the second period for the Lady Jackets. They weren’t even 20 seconds in when the Stars Elite scored. A few moments later Wickiser tried to knock one in but the Stars Elite goalie deflected the puck. There was a lot of traffic around the Lady Jackets net, with 12:31 to go, but the girls worked as a team effectively shutting down anyone who attacked the net. A few minutes past and Wickiser saw her opening. The Stars Elite goalie was not paying attention. Wackier headed towards the net, shot, and the Stars Elite goalie came alive stopping Wickiser from scoring. Brumfield rebounds the puck off the goalie and shot it just shy of the net. 8:11 left in the second and the Stars Elite still held the lead. The lead wouldn’t be theirs for long though. With 6:44 left in the second, Wickiser scored the equalizer in what felt like slow motion. The puck slowly spun beneath the goalies legs until it broke the goal line. 2:21 officials timeout.


50 seconds into the final period, Bunting won the faceoff in front of the Lady Jackets net. Painter takes off with the puck, passes to Rogers who passes back to Bunting. The Lady Jackets thought they were going to score but the Jr. Stars applied the pressure. There would be no goal. 40 seconds later Cropper would pocket the puck but threw it back. With 11:35 left in the period the Lady Jackets fired off a few shots but the Stars Elite goalie stopped each shot. The Lady Jackets go down a player with 9:35 left in the period. Not even a full minute into the Lady Jackets penalty the Stars Elite take the lead after sneaking one past Cropper. The Stars Elite try to score again with 5:18 left in the period. They would shoot a little on the high side and the puck would bounce off the post. A timeout would be called with a little over a minute to go in the period. Afterwards, the Lady Jackets would pull Cropper, giving the Lady Jackets a man advantage. Time would run out and the Lady Jackets would lose to the Stars Elite, 1-2.


by posted 10/04/2014
U14 Girls Fight Through Early Morning Game Against Jr. Admirals




Day two of the Cleveland girls Super Showcase started at 7:20 am. Although it was extremely early both teams were amped up and ready to go.

The first period was a battle of the goalies. Both Bolyard (Jackets) and McCoy (Jr. Admirals) were not letting anything get past them. They were seeing through the traffic and catching all the sneaky stick work. The first period would end with both teams tied at zero.

The second period started off with two good shots that McCoy of Milwaukee was able to stop. Bolyard had an incredible sliding kick save with 14:21 left in the second. A few minutes later the Jr. Admirals attacked the net over and over but the Lady Jackets jumped into the thick of it blocking each attempt. There would be no goal and the game would stay tied at zero. Balazs went to battle along the boards with 11:21 left in the period. She managed to win the battle but mere moments later Weaver (Jr. Admiral) deflected her pass to a teammate. 30 seconds later the Jr. Admirals broke the tie. Lady Jackets now trail, 0-1. A minute later Morrissey broke away but was stopped by McCoy. With 3:17 left in the second there was a pile up in front of the Jr. Admirals’ net. The faceoff would take place in front of the Jr. Admirals’ net and they would go on to win the faceoff. The second period would end with the Lady Jackets trailing the Jr. Admirals, 0-1.

A little over three minutes into the third Berger threw her body into the path of the puck and saved the Jackets from falling behind even more. With 10:26 left in the period Smith (Jackets) would rip one at the net only to be denied by McCoy (Admirals). 30 seconds later Bolyard would make a great stop on an unattended Jr. Admiral. After a freaky awkward hit into the boards the Jr Admirals would go on the power play and Jones (Jackets) would be asked to leave the game. About a minute into the penalty, Mueller (Jackets) and Youngblood (Jr. Admirals) would get coincidentals. They both headed towards the box and the Jr. Admirals would have a 3on4 power play. At this point, things started to heat up even more between the two teams. There was a scuffle in front of the Lady Jackets net with 7:05 left. No penalties were assessed. 15 seconds later Morrissey (Jackets) laid it all out on the ice sacrificing her body to prevent the Jr. Admirals from scoring. Morrissey will continue to do this for the rest of the game foiling one goal attempt after another. The period would end with the Lady Jackets falling to the Jr. Admirals, 0-1.

by posted 10/04/2014
U16 Girls Fall to the Jr. Admirals


The first period would start with both goalies putting on a show for all those in attendance. With 13:16 left in the first the Lady Jacket’s goalie (Walker) would fall in front of the net while the Jr. Admirals were on the attack. Luckily, Miller (Jackets) was able to shove her stick into the net and stop the Jr. Admirals from scoring. A minute and a half later Schafer (Jackets) became the enforcer when the whistle blew and the Jr. Admirals were still attacking the net. With 10:11 left in the period, Wickiser put the Jackets on the board first. Griffiths (Jr. Admirals) fired back, with 8:59 left in the period, and scored the equalizer. Repins (Jr. Admirals) skates to the box putting the Jackets on the powerplay with 5:51 left in the period. It proved to be an unsuccessful powerplay as the Jr. Admirals goalie (Klein) turned the heat up. For the rest of the period Walker (Jackets) brought her “A” game. No matter how hard the Jr. Admirals tried nothing was going to get past her. The first period would end in a tie.

A minute and a half into the second period Walker made a huge save off of a Jr. Admirals rebound. I don’t know how she got there in time but she did. Painter (Jackets) fired a rocket from the outside but Klein (Jr. Admirals) stuck her hand out to prevent the score with 11:02 left in the period. With 2:49 left in the period Maley (Jackets) passed to Brumfield (Jackets) who fired a shot off towards the net. Klein (Jr. Admirals) denied the pucks entrance to the net. Both goalies were on fire. The second period would end with both teams still tied at one.

Two minutes into the third Crowe (Jr. Admirals) broke the tie. The Jackets trailed the Jr. Admirals, 1-2. With 10:23 left in the game a rocket would be fired at the Jr. Admirals net. Klein (Jr. Admirals) would see the puck out of the corner of her eye and stop the goal from happening. The rest of the period would play out like this on both ends of the ice. The Jackets would end up finishing the game losing to the Jr. Admirals, 1-2.

by posted 10/04/2014
2000s Tie the Swords

photo credit: Marc Zipser


The Jackets came into the start of their game against the Swords high off of a win. Would they be able to hold onto that energy and pull out another win?


With 12:58 left in the first period, the Swords thought they were going to take off with the puck but Berven stole it and shot it out of our zone. A minute later the Swords had another shot for a goal as one fired the puck at the net. Walz (Jackets) pounced on the puck, effectively stopping an chance of a score for the Swords. With ten minutes to play in the first Berven was able to knock the puck out of our zone again. This proved to be a successful play for the Jackets as the puck stayed on the other end of the ice for a little over a minute. With 8:33 left in the period, Warner (Swords) fired one into the net and the Swords became the first on the board, 1-0. A minute later, the Swords put the pressure on Walz (Jackets) and Tyson (Jackets) was there to save the day. Tyson may be tiny but he will protect his goalie to the death. Tyson and the Jackets continued to apply pressure to the Swords and with 5:21 left in the first it proved successful. Zipser (Jackets) scored off of a nice pass from Holland (Jackets) to tie things up.


Not even 20 seconds into the second period and the Jackets had the upper hand as Maynard (Swords) headed to the box for interference. With 19 seconds left in the Swords penalty, Halsey (Jackets) heads to the box and both teams are at even strength. Thirty seconds later Gunlock (Jackets) would join Halsey (Jackets) in the box. The Swords would have a two man advantage. This gave the Swords the momentum they needed and with 11:17 left in the period MacDonald would score. The Swords broke the tie, 2-1. With 7:45 left in the period the Jackets tied things up thanks to Sullivan banging one in off of the post. A little over a minute later Tonucci (Swords) rebounded the puck off of a Walz stop and poked it into the net. Yet again the Swords broke the tie and would head into the third period leading the Jackets, 3-2.


Two minutes into the third period and the net is knocked out of balance causing the faceoff to take place in front of the Jackets goal. Zipser (Jackets) won the battle and Boytar took off with the puck. He raced down the ice, quickly passed to Holland, and Holland knocked it in the net for the Jackets equalizer. With 12:33 left in the game there was a clock malfunction that allowed both teams a moment to regather and clear their heads. A minute later Fixari (Jackets) would have an unsuccessful break away. The rest of the period would be unsuccessful breakaway after another for both teams. No score would be had and the game would end in a tie, 3-3.



by posted 09/30/2014
2000s Top the Jr. Coyotes

photo credit: Marc Zipser



It was an early game time for the Jr. Coyotes and the Ohio Blue Jackets on Saturday. 8:10 am is early enough as it is but in the Coyotes mind it's really 5:10 am. The only thing that kept both teams awake was the fact they were both coming off losses and were hungry for a win.


The period started with a penalty here, a penalty there, a penalty everywhere. When the penalties calmed down the intensity of play went up. With 7:12 left in the first Middendorf (Coyotes) broke away and popped one over Walz' shoulder to tie things up. The Jackets weren't too pleased with that goal and within 30 seconds Sullivan (Jackets) broke the tie with an unassisted goal.The Jackets lead the Jr. Coyotes, 2-1. With 3:54 left in the first, Tyson had the puck stolen at the blue line and the Jr. Coyotes ran it down the ice. Luckily, Walz was awake and able to stop the puck from sailing into the net. A minute later, Gunlock (Jackets) fired from outside and scored. Jackets extended their lead, 3-1. Seconds before the end of the period, Middendorf (Coyotes) had another big breakaway. Except this time Walz saw him coming and managed to stop the puck. The period ended with the Jackets up 3-1.


Within 30 seconds of the start of the second period Holland tried to poke one through the goalies legs but the whistle is blown before anything can happen. Then a 30 sec battle along the boards took place. The Jr. Coyotes won the battle but the Jackets intercepted the puck moments later. With 12:48 left in the period Zipser received a pass, fired it at the net, but Charland (Coyotes) pounced on it like a cat. Gunlock (Jackets) tried to launch one from the blueline with 11:48 left in the period but Charland (coyotes) came up big again. With 10:19 left in the period Boytar (Jackets) slammed one in from the blueline giving the Jackets a 4-1 lead over the Coyotes. A little under four minutes in the period, Sullivan (Jackets) had a breakaway, shot, and it sails to the right of the net. With 2:27 left, Holland (Jackets) knocked the puck out of the air off of a rebound but Charland (Coyotes) pounced on the puck ensuring there would be no goal. A few seconds later Wenerstrom would slide the puck between Charland's pads and into the net. The second period would end with the Jackets leading the Coyotes, 5-1.


By the start of the third period both teams were fired up and ready to finish the game. Within the first few seconds the Jackets pulled Walz to give him a rest. The Jackets take the third period to perfect their fundamentals. The main focus during this time was passing, stick handling, and defense. With no goals being scored and barely any penalties called the period flew by. The Jackets would go on win their first game of the Super Showcase, 5-2.


by posted 09/30/2014
Vote For Your Favorite Hockey Mom


It's that time of year again! The Columbus Blue Jackets are now accepting nominations for their Marzetti's Youth Hockey Mom of the Year award.

Do you have a special lady in mind who would rather go to her kids hockey game than the Ohio State vs Michigan football game? Does she wear five layers of clothes when it's 90 degrees out because she'll be sitting in an ice cold rink for hours? Does she lug around smelly equipment with pride or spend all day at the rink manning tables for special Ohio AAA Blue Jackets events? Is she just an all around great mom? If you answered yes to any of these questions please consider nominating her for the Marzetti's Youth Hockey Mom of the Year award!


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by posted 09/30/2014
2000s Lose to District Rivals

photo credit: Marc Zipser



It's no secret that the Ohio Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Pens Elite are rivals. When both teams play each other you can expect to see a lot of action and passion.


Right off the faceoff Kumar (Pens) scored. A minute later, the Pens shoot through heavy traffic in front of the net. Walz (Jackets) somehow was able to get to the puck on time and kept the Pens from scoring. With a a little over 10:35 left in the period, Waltz jumped up and knocked the puck out of air to keep it from going in the night. For the next three minutes the Jackets had failed attempt after failed attempt until Halsey tied things up with 6:43 to go in the period. The rest of the period was spent battling along the boards and the goalies from each team putting on a show for the crowd. The Jackets and Pens Elite headed to the first intermission tied at 1.


There were a lot of hard hits and stolen pucks to start the second period. Both teams were clearly ready to break the 1-1 tie. Fixari (Jackets) had a nice breakaway but was foiled by a Pens Elite with 13:35 left in the second. Jackets went down a man with 12:45 to go as Fixari (Jackets) skated to the box. With 4 seconds left in the Fixari penalty, Kumar (Pens Elite) broke the tie by scoring his second goal of the game. Pens Elite up 2-1. The puck bounced off the post with 8:15 left in the second and then rebounded by Novak(Pens Elite) for a Pens Elite score. Thirty seconds later Polster (Pens Elite) got the puck past Walz (Jackets) and the Pens Elite led the Jackets, 4-1. The Jackets barely had a chance to breathe after that fourth goal when Potochny (Pens Elite) raced down the ice and sauced the puck to Newman to put the Pens Elite up, 5-1. The Jackets quickly called a time out after the 5th goal to asses the situation at hand. Whatever was said in that huddle worked because with 4:43 left in the second Fixari (Jackets) was able to get the Jackets within 3 goals. Jackets still trailed, 2-5. For the rest of the period the Pens Elite stayed in the Jackets zone. They sacrificed their bodies in front of the net trying to keep the puck out. The period ended with the Jackets trailing the Pens Elite, 2-5.


The Jackets were determined to pull out a win at the start of the third. On the other hand, the Pens Elite were determined to hold on to the lead. With 14:09 left Zipser had a nice faceoff win only to have it stolen by a Pens Elite. Boytar had a nice solid hit with 13:23 to go that kept one of the Pens Elite from scoring on the shift. With 8:18 left, Tyson (Jackets) broke away from the pack, fired, and just missed the net. Zipser realized the need for a line change and cleared the puck to make the line change happen. Walz stopped the puck with 45.7 seconds left.The refs didn't blow the whistle so the Jackets took matters into their own hands and protect their goalie. The Jackets end up dropping their second game of the Super Showcase to the Pens Elite, 2-5.



At the end of day one the Jackets were 0-2 in the Super Showcase.

by posted 09/30/2014
2005 All Star Team Announced

Congratulations to the following players who have made the 2005 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets All Star team which will compete in two Tier 1 Elite Hockey League Showcases later this season.  


Bradley AJ
Cavicchia Cooper
Clark Braiden
DeWitt Axl
Ernest Logan
Flores Luke
Hundley Hayes
Jurcich II Danny
Lowe Owen
Pongonis Vaughn
Sabol Jack
Samuel Jules
Shevetz Joe
Sinopoli J. Blake
Starr Luke
Watson Samuel
Wilder Matthew

by posted 09/27/2014
2000s Drop First Game of the Super Showcase


It was a rough start to the day for the Jackets. Within 2 minutes of puck drop the Grizzlies were first on the board. The Jackets tried their hardest to keep the Grizzlies from scoring a second time but with 11:24 left in the first the Grizzlies knocked one in. Twenty seconds after that goal, Tyson took a penalty and the 2000 Jackets went down a man. With thirty seconds left in Tyson’s penalty the Grizzlies created a traffic jam in front of the net. Walz was able to see through it all and made an incredible save that kept the Grizzlies from going up by three. Halfway through the period, Fixari was able to have some alone time with the puck and fired it towards the Grizzlies’ net. Somehow, the goalie saw him coming and was able to stop the puck before it entered the net. A minute later the Grizzlies were able to extend their lead to three. Mere moments after the goal the Jackets went on the powerplay, which proved to be unsuccessful. After being at even strength for a little under a minute, the Grizzlies extended their lead by 4. At the end of the first the Jackets trailed the Grizzlies, 0-4.


The second period started off with attempt after attempt by both teams to score. It was a duel of the goalies. With 12:53 left in the period, Tyson glided over to Walz and showed him love and encouragement. Shortly after that Ross got into a battle on the boards, was able to get it out but the puck came right back in our zone. The Grizzlies have a breakaway with 10:35 left in the second. Walz was hip to their tricks and was able to block the puck. The rebound popped over his head and a teammate managed to get it out through the traffic. The Jackets went on a powerplay with 8:59 left in the second.  Halsey tried to monopolize on the man advantage and fired one right into pads of Oakland. With 7:20 left in the second, the Jackets went down a man which led to a Grizzlies’ powerplay goal. Jackets now trail by 5. After a Grizzlies’ cross checking penalty the Jackets head to the powerplay. The Jackets were able to keep the Grizzlies from scoring. A little over 3 left in the second Walz makes a huge save and gets tangled up in the bodies that were surrounding the net. The Grizzlies rebounded the puck but the whistle was blown before the puck broke the plane. In the last 2.5 seconds of the period the Grizzlies were able to see through the traffic around the Jackets net and the puck sailed into the net giving the Grizzlies a 6 goal lead. The period would end with the Jackets trailing the Grizzlies, 6-0.


The third period starts and you could feel the do or die attitude oozing off the Jackets. With 13:49 left in the game Wenerstrom went hard along the boards to win the battle for the puck. After getting the puck out the Grizzlies stole the puck and a minute later scored. Jackets go down by 7. With 7:26 left the Jackets go down a man as Fixari heads to the box. The Jackets successfully kill the penalty only to have the Grizzlies score moments after being at even strength. The Jackets now trail by 8. A little over a minute later the Grizzlies score again. The Jackets fate is sealed and they will finish the game losing 0-9.



by posted 09/26/2014
Ohio AAA Blue Jackets to Host the Columbus Super Showcase



The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets will be hosting Tier 1's Super Showcase this weekend, September 26-28. 14 teams from all over the country will compete in this showcase being held for players born in the year 2000. Majority of the games will take place at Chiller North, located in Lewis Center. A few games will also be held at the Dublin Chiller, Easton Chiller, and the Ice Haus. We will be updating scores throughout each day on the site as well as twitter. We will also live tweet the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets games. 



Friday September 26th

Facility Start Time Home Score Away Score
North 1 8:00 AM Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 1 Belle Tire 1
North 2 8:50 AM Victory Honda 2 Cleveland Barons 4
North 1 9:40 AM TPH 1 St. Louis Jr. Blues 1
North 1 11:20 AM Esmark Stars 6 Queen City Swords 1
North 2 11:30 AM Tri-State Spartans 1 TPH 2 2
North 1 1:00 PM Pittsburgh Pens Elite 2 Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 2
North 2 1:10 PM Oakland Grizzlies 9 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 0
North 1 3:00 PM Cleveland Barons 3 Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 6
North 2 4:10 PM St. Louis Jr. Blues 2 Victory Honda 1
North 1 4:40 PM Belle Tire 3 TPH 4
North 2 5:50 PM TPH 2 2 Esmark Stars 1
North 1 6:20 PM Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 2 Pittsburgh Pens Elite 5
North 2 7:30 PM Queen City Swords 2 Tri-State Spartans 1
North 1 8:00 PM Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 0 Oakland Grizzlies 7



Saturday September 27th

Facility Start Time Home Score Away Score
Dublin Chiller 8:10 AM TPH 2 5 Queen City Swords 1
North 2 8:10 AM Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 1 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 5
Easton Chiller 8:20 AM Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 2 St. Louis Jr. Blues 4
North 1 8:20 AM Victory Honda 1 TPH 4
North 1 11:00 AM Oakland Grizzlies 4 Pittsburgh Pens Elite 2
North 2 11:50 AM Esmark Stars 10 Tri-State Spartans 0
North 1 12:40 PM Cleveland Barons 4 Belle Tire 2
North 2 5:10 PM Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 0 TPH 2 1
North 1 6:00 PM Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 3 Queen City Swords 3
Ice Haus 6:00 PM Pittsburgh Pens Elite 2 Tri-State Spartans 0
North 2 6:50 PM Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 2 TPH 0
North 1 7:40 PM Victory Honda 7 Belle Tire 1
North 2 8:30 PM St. Louis Jr. Blues 2 Cleveland Barons 1
North 1 9:20 PM Oakland Grizzlies 4 Esmark Stars 1



Sunday September 28th

Facility Start Time Home Score Away Score
North 1 8:00 AM Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 0 Victory Honda 4
North 2 8:10 AM Queen City Swords 1 Pittsburgh Pens Elite 8
North 2 9:50 AM TPH 3 Cleveland Barons 2
North 1 11:40 AM Esmark Stars 1 Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 3
North 2 11:30 AM St. Louis Jr. Blues 3 Belle Tire 2
North 1 1:20 PM TPH 2 0 Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 2
North 1 3:00 PM Oakland Grizzlies 10 Tri-State Spartans 0








by posted 09/24/2014
Weekend Scoreboard : 09/19 - 21/2014



Ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of the week!! Here is our rundown of this past weekends scores.


U14 Girls:


The U14 girls opened the 2014-15 season this past weekend in Cleveland at “Ignite the Ice”. The girls fell to team Detroit (0-10), Washington Pride (2-5), and Detroit Compuware (1-4). Their lone win came in their last game of the weekend against the Ohio Flames, 2-1.



U16 Girls:


The U16 girls traveled to Jamestown to play against the Regals and Buffalo Bisons. Saturday they played the Regals, dropping one (0-2) and tying the other (0-0). Sunday brought about similar results against the Bisons, a loss (1-2) and a tie (1-1).


2004 Boys:


The 2004s swept the Cleveland Barons this weekend, 6-3 and 6-0. This is the first sweep in the history of the team.


2003 Boys:


On Saturday the 2003s were swept by division rival, Pittsburgh Pens Elite, 2-3 and 0-6.


2002 Boys:


The 2002s hosted the Pens Elite in their home opener this past weekend. They dropped both games, 0-8 and 1-6.


U16 Boys:


The U16s lost one (0-1) and won the other (3-2) against the Oakland Grizzlies. Their win came in the form of a shootout. Chase Gresock scored the lone shootout goal. Max Decoursey (goalie) went 3 for 3 during the shootout.


U18 Boys:


The U18s extended their undefeated win streak this weekend defeating Belle Tire, 4-2 and 4-3. The boys came into the season hungry for a trip to Nationals and are well on their way to accomplishing that feat.



by posted 09/23/2014



Earlier today the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that broadcaster Bill Davidge had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Davidge has been a long time supporter of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets program and it's time for us to rally around him with positive thoughts and prayers."He has been a personal friend, even before the AAA Blue Jackets started, and we will all be pulling for him to beat this cancer," said Ed Gingher.

If you would like to send our friend, Bill Davidge, an email full of love and encouragement please do so at


by posted 09/12/2014
Weekend Scoreboard :Opening Weekend




Opening weekend was quite the success around the organization. Check out how we did below:

U18s vs Pittsburgh Pens Elite:

The U18s swept the Pens Elite this weekend, 5-3 and 4-3. The boys start the season with a 2-0 record.


U16s vs Pittsburgh Vengeance and Pittsburgh Pens Elite:

The U16s annihilated the Vengeance ,7-2 ,on Saturday. They tied the series with the Pens Elite, winning 3-1 on Saturday and losing 5-1 on Sunday. They start the season with a 2-1 record.


2000s vs Tri-State Spartans:

The second sweep of the weekend came from the 2000s. They won both games, 3-1 and 2-1.


2001s vs Tri-State Spartans:

The reigning world champs started the 14-15 season out on the right foot sweeping the Spartans, 2-1 and 8-2.


2002s at the Hockeytown Challenge:

The boys dropped games to the Sylvania North Stars (3-2), Green Bay (3-2), and Little Caesars West (9-2). They were able to avoid getting swept in the Hockeytown Challenge by tying the Chicago Bruins 5-5. They start the season 0-3-1.


2003s vs Compuware:

The 2003s dropped both games to Compuware, 3-1 and 5-1. They fought hard and never quit.


U16s Girls at Stoney Creek Tournament:

The U16 Girls walked away with a trophy this weekend after winning the Consolation Bracket of the Stoney Creek Tournament! Great job girls!


Here's to another weekend of success!

by posted 09/08/2014
U16 Girls - Strong Push at Stoney Creek

The U16 OAAABJ Girls finished strong at the Stoney Creek Tournament in Hamilton, Ontario, which featured 64 girls teams.  Their big finish included winning 3 straight in the Consolation bracket and then a shoot-out win in the final game to take their division.  Kylie Wickiser had a big weekend with 3 goals in regulation, 1 sudden death goal and a Shoot-out goal in the championship game.  The 16's are off next to Buffalo for exhibition games with the
Regals and Bisons.

by posted 09/08/2014
Carson Meyer Commits to Dartmouth


Carson Meyer and Brendan Demler are best friends. They play on the same team, share the same birthday, and after high school they will have 4 more years together. On August 14, Meyer committed to play hockey at Dartmouth College.

He feels extremely lucky to have the opportunity to spend four extra years playing hockey with his best friend. “I used to be a weak player, the 10th forward at times,” said Meyer, “I earned my ice time by working hard on and off the ice.” Meyer even acknowledges his coaches for instilling the value of hardwork within him. “It stuck with me and it always will. I will take that hard work and relentlessness to the higher levels with me,” Meyer explained.

An Ivy league education, a beautiful campus, top of the line facility, and a D1 team that just keeps getting better drew Meyer to the thought of playing hockey at Dartmouth. However, like Demler, the coaches are what hooked him. “They love their players and help them out. I love that,” stated Meyer. Plus, who wouldn't jump at the chance to play hockey with their best friend?


by posted 08/18/2014
Brendan Demler Commits to Dartmouth College


Two years ago Brendan Demler (1997) felt lucky to have even become part of the AAA organization. In the past two years he's grown into an exceptional player. Demler gives the AAA Blue Jackets and Coach Ganchar credit for a lot of his current success stating, “What the AAA program has done for players like myself and others before me is incredible.” Through Coach Ganchar he's learned the importance of warm-ups, unpacking your bag before the game, knowing that the most important shift is the one you are currently on, and to be the best at what you do. Demler plans on taking these lessons with him wherever he goes.

Demler also attributes his success to his parents. They always stressed the importance of having good grades and this summer all that hard work paid off. On July 14th, Demler committed to Dartmouth College. “I wanted to go to the best school I could academically, and Dartmouth definitely provides me with an amazing opportunity on that side of things,” explained Demler, “It's hard to pass up an Ivy League education.” Dartmouth's education is just the tip of the iceberg for Demler. After visiting Dartmouth's campus and meeting coaches Gaudet, Rose, and Lassonde it was apparent that this was the school for Demler. “They have everything I've ever dreamed of,” said Demler, “top of the line facilities, outstanding coaches, and a great supporting staff who is always there for the team.”

Despite green being Demler's least favorite color he's more than excited to pull that Dartmouth sweater over his head and show the coaches he was worth the shot. I have a feeling it won't be long before green becomes Demler's favorite color.


by posted 08/11/2014
Past Success in the NHL Draft

Photo Credit: Columbus Blue Jackets


From the moment little boys lace up their first pair of ice skates their mind wanders to dreams of getting drafted to play in the NHL. They spend late nights on the ice, travel all over the country on weekends, and move away from their families at a young age just so they can get a shot at fulfilling their life-long wish. In the past seven years, four Ohio AAA Blue Jackets alumni have heard their name called on draft weekend.


Columbus hosted the 45th NHL Entry Draft in 2007 and hometown boy, Trent Vogelhuber, was draft eligible. Round after round went without Vogelhuber being called to the stage. It looked as though 2007 was not his year. There were hundreds of hopefuls left and one team left to pick. The team on the board? The Jackets. Would Vogelhuber get drafted by the hometown team? Or would he have to wait another year for his dream to take form? On June 23rd, 2007 Vogelhuber got what every little boy wearing hockey skates dreams of; to be drafted by the hometown team.


After being drafted, Vogelhuber played for the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers. He then went on to play four years of hockey at Miami University (2008-2012). While at Miami, Voglehuber played 149 games, scored 21 goals, and had 30 assists. At the end of the 2011-12 season he headed to Springfield, Mass to play out the rest of the Falcons season. Vogelhuber has been playing in the Jackets system ever since leaving Miami and was resigned in June for one more year.



Connor Murphy and Sean Kuraly had both heard of each other before playing together. Putting two highly talented and well known players on a team could get a little dicey. Luckily, once they became part of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets organization they became fast friends. They pushed each other to be better hockey players. In 2011, their growing talent caught the eye of many NHL scouts. Both Murphy and Kuraly placed in the top 10 of multiple combine tests. They clearly impressed many because both of them were drafted in the 2011 NHL entry draft. Murphy went 20th overall to the Phoenix Coyotes and Kuraly went 133rd overall to the San Jose Sharks.


After being drafted by the Coyotes, Murphy played two seasons in the OHL with the Sarnia Sting. Then during the 2013-14 season he played 66 games between the Portland Pirates (AHL) and the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL). Murphy tallied 1 goal and 20 assists during the 2013-14 season.


Sean Kuraly took a different route after being drafted by the Sharks. He went to the USHL to play for Indiana Ice for a year and then headed to college at Miami University. During the past two seasons (2012-14) at Miami, Kuraly played a total of 78 games and tallied 41 points.


While playing with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets U16 team (2010-11) Cole Cassels played 37 games, had 11 goals, and 23 assists. During that season he caught the eye of teams in both the USHL and OHL. Cassels was drafted 16th overall by the Oshawa Generals (OHL) and 45th overall by Muskegon (USHL). He opted to sign with the Oshawa Generals that year. Two years later the Vancouver Canucks drafted Cassels 85th overall.


Over the past three season with the Oshawa Generals Cassels has played in 189 games, scored 42 goals, and had 85 assists. He is constantly growing, getting faster, stronger, and his hockey IQ is off the charts. Cassels will be a force to reckon with once he enters the NHL playing field. Which shouldn't be too long from now. He officially signed with the Vancouver Canucks in December of 2013.

by posted 07/01/2014
Cole Cassels Invited to USA World Junior Team Evaluation Camp

Photo Credit: Oshawa Generals


Cole Cassels will be headed to Lake Placid, New York, August 2-9, to partake in the USA World Junior Team Evaluation Camp. He will join 41 other players from around the US to compete for a spot on the 2015 IIHF World Juniors Championship squad. During evaluation camp they will go toe-to-toe with teams from Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic.

The 2015 World Juniors will take place December 26 - January 5 in Toronto and Montreal.

by posted 06/21/2014
Dublin Native Creates Podcast With Meaning



Ben Sward is a Marine Engineer by day and Podcast Creator by night. The 2008 graduate of Dublin Jerome recently created a sports podcast for listeners who crave something real called AgonMinds. The word “agon” means “competition” in Greek. “It also refers to an internal battle or conflict between two characters in play,” Sward explained, “Every guest is competitive and we talk about their internal and external conflicts; struggling with body-image, overcoming injury, etc.” Sward created AgonMinds to show people the other side of athletes and coaches. “So much of what we see everyday is scripted,” said Sward, “I was craving something that I could tune into and hear a professional simply being themselves and talking about what they want.” When you tune in not only will the guests personalities shine through but you will learn a lot about what it takes to be an athlete. From talking about how the hockey draft works to studying bat swings the amount of knowledge you will gain while listening to AgonMinds is incredible.


While there are millions of ideas that float around Sward's head on a daily basis there are only two things he wants to accomplish. To have fun and spread a positive message. “We want to share the message that has worked for us with anybody trying to be successful,” Sward said, “Work hard for what you want, keep a positive mind, and be good to people, then you will find success.” AgonMinds is able to spread this message by the guests they have on the show. Every week there is a different athlete from different walks of life who approach life with a zest for life. “That's why I invite people like Connor Murphy onto the show. The kid has extraordinary talent, but on top of that he has a tremendous personality, he is incredibly genuine, and just an overall enjoyable guy,” Sward said, “It's obvious after talking to him why he has seen success and will continue to see success.”


Connor Murphy isn't the only Ohio AAA Blue Jackets alum that has made an appearance on AgonMinds. Today's guest was Sean Kuraly. Follow the links below to learn what Murphy and Kuraly are up to now.

by posted 05/14/2014
Three Drafted In 2014 USHL Draft



Three Ohio AAA Blue Jackets were drafted during Phase 2 of the 2014 USHL Draft. Carson Meyer (154th) was drafted by the Tri-City Storm. Zach Tyson (106th) and Brenden Demler (297th) will be joining alum, Kiefer Sherwood, on the Youngstown Phantoms. Shortly after being drafted, Zach Tyson tweeted out "I want to thank the AAA Blue Jackets for everything. It's a world class organization and I love seeing the development of hockey in Columbus." Truthfully, It's players like these three who help grow our program and make it the organization it is today. Congratulations and Good Luck. We are proud.

by posted 05/07/2014
Alumni Round-Up 04-11-2014 through 04-27-2014





Connor Murphy


This past week the Portland Pirates announced their 2013-14 team awards. Defenseman, Connor Murphy won the Jack Button Memorial Award. The award is given out by the organization to their top prospect. You can read more about the award on the Pirates website.


Cole Cassels


After breezing through the first two rounds of the playoffs the Oshawa Generals playoff run came to an end in the third round on Wednesday. Alternate Captain, Cole Cassels had an outstanding showing in the playoffs. He placed second on the team in playoff goals (6) and playoff assists (11).


Jude Warner


After leaving the AAA Blue Jackets organization, Jude Warner, played four years in the NAHL from 2011-2013. This season he played in the EHL for the Philadelphia Little Flyers putting up 15 goals and 23 assists. On April 15th, Warner committed to St. Mary's to play NCAA hockey. You can read more about what Warner has been up to here


Andy Finn


On April 14th, the Billingham Stars lost in the semi finals. Andy Finn had 7 assists in the 18 games he was able to play this season.


by posted 04/27/2014
Connor Murphy Headed To Belarus



After a season of success in the Phoenix Coyote's organization Connor Murphy caught the eye of some important people. In a few weeks, he will be headed to Belarus to represent USA in the 2014 Mens Ice Hockey World Championship. Murphy is no stranger to international ice. In 2011, Murphy traveled to Germany with the USA U18 team. In the gold medal game vs Sweden, Murphy injured his knee while blocking a shot. He chose to play through his injury instead of leaving the game to have medical attention. Murphy ended up scoring the game winner in overtime. Murphy won another gold medal in last year's World Juniors Championship held in Russia.


This year's Men's Ice Hockey World Championship begins May 9 and ends May 25. Team USA's first game is against the host country, Belarus, on May 9 at 1:45 pm.



by posted 04/17/2014
2013-2014 Season By The Numbers

The 2013-2014 season has come to a close. It started with a new coach (Jeff Christian) and a new set of kids entering the AAA program (2003). The season ended with a world trophy (2001) and an appearance at Nationals (U16s Boys). There was heartbreak, revenge matches, and games that will be talked about for years to come. This season was definitely a season to remember.


You've got the memories but do you have the stats? Join me as I break the season down by the numbers.


9 is the number of teams in the organization.


Among the 9 teams 478 games were played.

150 were played in Ohio.

321 were played out of the state.

7 were played out of the country.

The most games were played by the 2001s with 63.


196 games were won.

60 were won at home.

136 were won on the road

The 2001s had the most amount of wins with 41.


66 opposing teams were shut out.

13 of which were by the U16 boys.


1088 goals were scored

The most goals scored this season were by the 2001s with 267.

Both the 2001s and U16 boys lead the organization with most goals scored in a game with 11.


234 teams were played

217 were American teams

17 were from other countries


3 is the number of great speeches I heard this season.


2001s Coach Todd Ehrie gave the speech from “Miracle” changing the word “Soviets” to 'Hershey” during the Quebec City Tournament.


U18s assistant coach Steve Rudy Petures:

“Never get caught telling a hockey player it's just a game. Never get caught trying to explain to him all the things in the world that matter so much more. His mind might well acknowledge the truth to your point, but his soul will be powerless to accept it. Considering the immensity of what he gives to the sport, and the immeasurably of all it offers in return. Nothing ever feels as perfect as a moment of flawlessness on the ice. No bond as strong as one that compels brothers to bleed for one another. Not many leaders are this versed in the craft of motivation. Not many pursuits evoke such visions of brilliance. This is why it hurts so much when skill falls short of what the will desires. This is why it's so unforgettable when absolute passion yields ultimate reward. That's all still just the start of what the game can do to you. While you watch from a distance, remember what was validated up close. Hockey may in fact be just a game, but it's also who we are.”


Two losses by the U16 Boys at Nationals left them out of contention for the finals. They still had one game left to play though. This is what Alex Syring had to say going into the game “We will be playing for everyone. We are going to fight for a win tomorrow and battle for pride.”


1 amazing season.


by posted 04/15/2014
What Did They Say Wednesday: Mr Hall

Another great interview brought to you by 2001 Spencer Cox.


Nick Hall was one of the lucky kids who had a parent on the Quebec City Tournament trip. Needless to say his dad was quite impressed in how things turned out for the boys. So what did he have to say about the trip?

by posted 04/10/2014
Alumni Round-Up 03-29-2014 through 04-10-2014

Trent Vogelhuber and the Springfield Falcons have secured a spot in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. The last two games of the regular season are on April 11 (vs Portland Pirates) and April 12 (vs Hershey Bears). In the 27 games Vogelhuber has played in this season he has scored 1 goal and assisted 8 of them.

Austin Pooley and the Omaha Lancers are in the USHL playoffs. They play April 12th against Sioux City.


The Oshawa Generals are one game away from moving onto the third round of the OHL playoffs. In the last three games Cole Cassels has scored 3 goals. Tonight they play against Peterborough.


Connor Murphy was in town on Tuesday when the Coyotes played the Jackets. Many friends and family were in attendance for the game. Even his billets made the trek down from Sarnia to see him.


On April 2, Connor McDonald had an assist in the Chicago Steel's win over the Youngstown Phantoms. In that same game,Kiefer Sherwood scored a goal and tallied an assist.


Jack Roslovic had a goal and an assist on April 4, when USA U17 beat Sioux City 9 to 6. The next night Roslovic had an assist in the 7-4 win over Dubuque.


Andy Finn of the Billingham Stars has played 20 games this season. Even though he spent much of the season battling an injury he was still able to assist 7 goals.


Great Job Jackets!



by posted 04/10/2014
Girls Advance to USA National Camp

The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets would like to congratulate 3 of our own (out of 8 slots)that advanced thru the Mid Am Select Camp and will participate in the girls USA National Camp at St. Cloud, MN:


Izzy Heminger and Caitlin Walker made the U15 National Camp

Eleni Fallieras made the U14 National Camp


We would also like to congratulate the following girls who made the Select 14-17 District Player Camp -

   Emily Covert, Molly Brumfield, Erin Longo, Alexis Kett, Danielle Bunting,
   Emily Sloan, Kira Collins, Emma Brown, Emily Young, Taylor Brandenberg


Also, congratulations to Ripley Crosley who made the Multi-District goalie camp.


Great Job Girls!!!

by posted 04/09/2014
2014-15 Girls Coaches Announced

The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are pleased to announce the coaches for the U16 and U14 Girls teams:


U16 Girls Head Coach - John Markell

U14 Girls Co-Coaches - John Markell and Jeremy Browning


Program Coordinator, Ed Gingher, added, "As we bring the girls teams under our heading, we needed to add quality and experienced coaches who can help our girls continue to develop on and off the ice.  John brings over 15 years of head coaching experience to our program at the D1 level with Ohio State.  He is a former CCHA Player of the Year as well as Coach of the year.  Jeremy is a few years into his coaching career as he assisted Ohio Univ D1 & D2 Club teams.  Both are ready to help build the girls side of the program and I am very excited to add both of these coaches to our line up!"



by posted 04/09/2014
What Did They Say Wednesday: Sis Barnish

Some of the 2001s siblings were able to make the trip to Quebec City for the tournament this year. On the way back Drake Barnish interviewed his little sister.

I got to spend a lot of my time with Sis on this trip and I have to tell you her hockey IQ is fairly high for someone so young.


Follow the link below to hear what she had to say about the last game of the tournament.

by posted 04/02/2014
U16s at Nationals

After an amazing run at Districts the U16 Boys are competing in Nationals this week! We will be updating scores as the tournament continues. GO JACKETS!



Date Time Home Score Away Score
04/02/2014 3pm Blue Jackets 1 LA Jr Kings 4

Goal: Kole Sherwood
Assists: Zach Tyson
            Carson Meyer          

04/03/2014 11am Blue Jackets 2 St Louis Blues 4

Goal: Kole Sherwood
Assists: Zach Tyson
            Carson Meyer


Goal: Cameron Sangster
Assists: Trevor St. Jean

04/04/2014 9pm Omaha AAA 2 Blue Jackets



Goal: Carson Meyer
Assists: Cameron Sangster


Goal: Kole Sherwood
Assists:  Cameron Sangster 
              Brenden Demier


Goal: Alex Syring
Assists: Carson Meyer
             Trevor St. Jean


Goal: Carson Meyer
Assists: Kole Sherwood


Goal:  Carson Meyer
Assists:  Kole Sherwood
             Cameron Sangster



by posted 04/02/2014
What Did They Say Wednesday : Mr. Carper


In this week's "What Did They Say Wednesday", Spencer Cox interviews Mr. Carper about his experience in Quebec. Click the link below to find out what Sam Carper's dad had to say about his experience in Quebec City.

Two days after the trip home Mr. Carper headed overseas to Afghanistan. This trip was the last time he'd see his son, Sam, play for awhile. Bringing home the trophy was definitely the cherry on the top of his trip.


by posted 03/26/2014
What Did They Say Wednesday : Nick Hall

On the ride home from Quebec City this past February I let Spencer Cox, Drake Barnish, Foster White, Sean Coonfare, and Sam Carper of the 2001 team run around with my voice recorder. They interviewed parents, teammates, and siblings about the trip. I was impressed with some of their interviews so through out the next couple of weeks I will be posting them in a segment called "What Did They Say Wednesday".

In our first interview Spencer Cox asked fellow teammate, Nick Hall, what he thought of the trip. What did he say? Click the link below to find out


by posted 03/19/2014
2014-15 Boys Head Coaches Announced

The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets are pleased to announce the boys Head Coaches for the 2014-15 season.  Girls coaches will be announced soon.
U18 – Ed Gingher
U16 – Perry Ganchar
2000 – Luke Pavlas
2001 – Andrew Cassels
2002 – Jeff Christian
2003 – Todd Ehrie
2004 – Dale Jordan

Program Coordinator, Ed Gingher, added, “Again, I am very excited and proud of the lineup of coaches we have assembled for next season.  This is a great group of coaches who believe in the philosophies and foundations of our program.  They will help our players improve as hockey players both on and off the ice.”

Squirt Major – Bantam Major along with Girls U16 & Girls U14 tryouts are scheduled for April 12-14.  U18 and U16 Tryouts are scheduled for May 23-25.   Click on the Tryout link for all the information. To sign up for tryouts, please click:

by posted 03/03/2014
2001s Are Off To The Semi Finals

Third round of the Quebec City Peewee Hockey tournament and it's all or nothing. You win, you move on. You lose, you go home empty handed. This game is do or die.


Two minutes into the first Cox (13) glove and stick get knocked off. He doesn't let this rattle him. He just gets to work on the board to try and make something work for the Jackets. At 4:04 Landshof (17) goes to shoot the puck and gets knocked down. He immediately shakes it off and gets back up. A lot of nice stick handling out of this Landshof thus far. A little under the halfway mark Vidrick (27) senses someone sneaking around the back of the net, glides swiftly to the right of the net, and stops the puck from going into the net. A minute later Fleet (24) is triple teamed and manages to launch the puck towards the de Mortagne net. The puck may have been stopped but Fleet (24) just proved he's a force to be reckoned with. With a little of two minutes left in the first Vidrick (21) goes to the box for slashing. The Jackets do a great job of keeping the puck out of their zone during the penalty kill. This is something they have struggled with throughout this tournament. There's a traffic jam in front of the net, with 30 seconds left, and Vidrick (27) manages to stop the puck from going in. The period ends with no goal on the board for either team.


The second period starts off a little slow. During that slow time you see a lot of nice tape to tape passes between Vidrick (21) and Cox (13). With 9:35 left in the game Miller (10) sails the puck towards the goalie and is stopped. If the puck had gone in it would have been one beautiful goal. A lot of traffic in front of Mortagne’s net with 7:55 left. Unfortunately nothing comes of the traffic because their goalie was like a brick wall. One minute left in the period and Vidrick (27) keeps batting down pucks like cat playing with a string. The period ends with both teams still tied at zero. No matter the outcome of this game it will be a memorable one because both these goalies are putting on a show.


The third period starts off with a bang. 46 seconds into the period Landshof (17) sneaks one past the traffic and puts the Jackets on the board. Almost immediately Mortagne gets their revenge and scores, tying it up. 1-1. Less than a minute later the Jackets go on a powerplay as Fontaine (9) is sent to the box for interference. Before the penalty clock winds down Vidrick (21) set Carper (44) up for a nice goal that puts the Jackets back on top, 2-0. At this point in the game Fortin (55) and Morrone (28) become the Great Wall of China and block shot after shot before they can get to the goalie. At 7:42, a Montargne breakaway gets stuffed by Vidrick (27) but Levesques (16) sneaks a rebound in to tie the game back up at 2. A little over two minutes left in the period and Guay (28) heads to the box for slashing. Jackets are back on the powerplay but are unable to make anything happen. The period ends still tied at 2 and we head to overtime at the Colisee.


Overtime was an intense five minutes and the Jackets put on a show. Fortin (55) continually got into everyone’s business trying to stop the offense from getting anywhere near our goalie. Vidrick (21) pulled out a few spin-o-rama moves in an attempt to throw the opposition off.  Landshof (17) used his body as a shield by throwing it in front of any puck that came his way. Overtime ended without a goal from either team. Shootout here we come.


Mortagne's Tremblay (4) shoots first and misses the net. Up next is Landshof (17). He shoots and it bounces off the goalies glove right into the net. Mortagne's Giguere (10) misses and it all comes down to Cox (13). He handles the puck well as he speeds down the ice towards the net. Cox shoots and he scores. The Jackets are headed towards the semi finals.

You can find pictures from the game here :
by posted 02/22/2014
Staying Alive With Five

Yesterday marked the first day of play for the 2001s at the 55th annual Quebec City Peewee Hockey Tournament. The lower bowl at the Colisee was packed with fans, billets, and families of those in the tournament. The fans' nationalities ranged from Russian to American to Canadian to Swiss. Can you imagine being 12 years old, playing in a stadium filled with thousands of people from all over the world who are there to see you play? This is the biggest tournament of their lives thus far and the Jackets handled it well.

The first period came and went without a goal but there was still excitement to be had. Both goalies laid out all their skills right away. They knocked down shots, stuffed pucks, and threw their bodies in front of anything that came their way. There were constant battles along the boards and both teams put a lot of pressure on one another.The only penalty of the first was dealt to Raymond (82) with 52 seconds left for interference. The Jackets finished the period a man down but still tied at zero.

The second period started with a successful penalty kill where Vidrick (27) made stop after incredible stop. Shortly after the Jackets were back to full strength they scored two goals within three and a half minutes of each other. The first was at 2:12 by Landshof (17), assisted by Fortin (55) and Vidrick (21). The second came at 5:42 when Cox (13) saw an opening and passed to Vineyard (9). Momentum was in the Jackets favor. Then, at 7:36, Miller (10) went to the box for hooking. The Jackets didn't let the penalty affect them. They turned up the intensity and the speed. They won battles for the puck against the boards and began to work as a more cohesive unit. After the penalty kill the momentum didn't slow. They ended the period up 2 to 0.

Almost immediately, the third period started off in the Jackets favor. 1:39 into the period Bratislava's Cajkovic (98) went to the box for tripping. Unfortunately, while in the box Cajkovic had time to plot his revenge. After the penalty clock ran down, Cajkovic broke away from the pack and knocked one in past Vidrick (27). A little over three minutes later, Cox (13) fires back at Bratislava and scores. The Jackets are now up 3 to 1. Both teams turned up the heat and things got a little dicey. At 7:12, Carper (44) went to the box for roughing. Just as the penalty clock was running down Morrone (28) took a hooking penalty. For two seconds there would be a 5 on 3. At 9:36, Vidrick (21) would set Landshof (17) up so he could get one past the goalie. Jackets are now up 4 to 1. Starting at 10:47 the Jackets go on a power play when Bratislava's Skultety (26) goes to the box for roughing. As the penalty clock winds down Skultety will be joined in the box by Volko (14), creating a 5 on 3 scenario for the Jackets. No matter how hard they tried the Jackets couldn't score during the 5 on 3. About a minute after Skultety's penalty expired teammate Jellus (41)  picked up an interference penalty. The Jackets were back on the 5 on 3. With 2 seconds left in the 5 on 3, Carper(44) scored with help from teammate Barnish (19). The Jackets went up 5 to 1 and stay that way for the rest of the game.

With this win the Jackets move on to the next round of the tournament. They will play February 19th against the Lanaudiere Pionniers at 3:30pm.

The Jackets will also play two exhibition games this week. One on thursday at 11:20am. The other on Friday against the Quebec Nordiques at 12:30 pm. The Quebec Nordiques is the team many of the billet's kids play on.

by posted 02/17/2014
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by posted 01/10/2014
Alumnus Makes History At Ohio State

Logan Davis wasn't expecting to start this season, let alone make history. On November 19th, he was named the Big Ten Third Star of the Week. He was the only goalie to not just start two games that week, but win both of them. Davis was also the first Ohio State goalie, who was a Freshman, to have a shutout since 2006. The combination of those events led to him being named the Third Star of the Week. The history making doesn't stop there. On November 29th, Logan Davis started in the first ever Big Ten League hockey game, and then again that Monday for the first Big Ten League hockey game played at Ohio State. "It's just something that's really cool to be a part of," Davis stated. "I don't really think I've realized how big of a deal it is yet. I probably won't until I'm looking back and can say 'Wow, I was a part of that."

Game day rituals vary by day for Davis but almost always include a long nap, a trip to Panera or Bob Evans, and an ice bath. He doesn't have any game day superstitions. They have never worked for him. "I had so many superstitions when I was younger and they never worked. So I tried to stay away," Davis said. "I almost made that my superstition, trying to avoid doing the same thing again. So I tried to do something different every time."

Logan Davis isn't at Ohio State just to play hockey. He's a student who loves the pep band and the beauty of the Ohio State campus. He also enjoys the fact he never has to do laundry because of the proximity of his parents. Logan is working on his general education classes right now. When he's done with those, he will be majoring in public affairs. Davis explained, "It's kind of like political science but it's more applicable to direct jobs in the government rather than stuff that kind of relates vaguely to government." Davis has taken what he learned with the AAA Blue Jackets and continually applies it to his life both on and off the ice. One such lesson was the fine art of time management. "I think the schedule we played with the travel and the rigor helped prepare me for balancing school with hockey," said Davis. He also learned that you have to work with a lot of different people in life and you need to treat them with the proper respect. According to Davis, coaches, professors, and authority figures deserve the most respect of all.

Davis also has some advice for the kids in the AAA program now: Don't burn bridges. No matter how mad, annoyed, or angry you get, don't burn bridges. "At times it seems like a good idea because you'll be so mad about something," Davis explained. "You'll never regret not doing it." Some pretty sound advice that can be applied to more than just hockey. It's good to see an alumni taking the lessons he learned from hockey and applying them to other areas of life.

by posted 01/02/2014
Murphy won't soon forget his first NHL goal

The local product battled injuries early in his career, but recently made his NHL debut with the Phoenix Coyotes

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 7:00 AM / News
By Rob Mixer -

Connor Murphy has played on some big stages in his young hockey career, but his eyes were never wider when he found himself with more time and space than he ever expected in his NHL debut.

The native of Dublin, Ohio and product of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets program had just been called up by the Phoenix Coyotes from the Portland Pirates, and as luck would have it, his parents (father, Gord, is a former Blue Jackets assistant coach) were able to make it to Arena in Glendale, Ariz. to see their son’s first NHL game.

Battling injuries on defense, the Coyotes needed help for a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 16 and in many ways, Murphy made certain it was a memorable night.

Murphy, who admitted he was just happy to be in the Coyotes’ lineup, was paired up with All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle in what quickly became his "welcome to the NHL moment." It didn't stop there, though, and Murphy was even more surprised when he found the puck on his stick in the high slot late in the second period.

Time, space, room…the things you’re not supposed to get much of in the NHL, but the Lightning gave him a sizable lane to walk in and tee up a slap shot. Murphy made no mistake in beating Anders Lindback through a screen set by Martin Hanzal to bump Phoenix’s lead to 4-1.

Just like he drew it up, right?

"It was a cross country flight from Portland to Phoenix, so I had plenty of time to think about it," Murphy said, laughing. "Everything I've done since I started playing hockey has been geared toward one day playing in the NHL, and to get that call-up and play in the game was a dream come true. Everything I tried to do in that game, I tried to do it quick and do it simple because everyone says the game is way faster in the NHL.

"When I got the puck, I was shocked at how much room I had. I almost couldn't believe it. The last thing I was going to do was try to walk in and make a move...I just wanted to put a quick shot on the net, and thankfully there was a pretty big screen there."

Lost in the excitement of Murphy's NHL debut and his first NHL goal is that he wasn't just a warm body. Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett put him on the team's top defense pairing with Yandle, played him over 22 minutes in all situations, and showed no hesitation in using a 20-year-old on the blue line of one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

And to think how far the young man has come since his time in Columbus with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets program: Murphy, who without bad luck would have no luck when it comes to injuries, often wondered if he would ever get a chance in the NHL. On many days, he just wanted to feel normal again and be able to play hockey.

He had lingering back problems prior to his draft year and two knee surgeries in two years put his future in doubt and cut his junior hockey career short, but Murphy kept on pushing. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 World Junior tournament in Ufa, Russia, and anyone you talk to will say Murphy absolutely earned his debut call-up to the Coyotes.

"I had great support from my parents, and great work from doctors, trainers and with my last couple surgeries, I've done my rehab at Ohio Orthopedic Center For Excellence on Sawmill Rd.," Murphy said. "I've been so lucky to have people in my life to help keep me in the right mindset and help me keep pushing when adversity happens. Getting to the NHL really does get you more excited to try and get back there, and now I know what it takes to be a player at that level."

A big part of that support group is Ed Gingher, program director and head coach of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets developmental team based in Columbus. That's where Murphy got his start and got noticed by the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), and Gingher has seen the highest highs and lowest lows in Murphy's young career.

Through peaks and valleys, there has been one constant with Murphy, Gingher said: his dedication and work ethic. No matter the obstacle, Murphy was willing to do whatever he needed in order to get back on track to his ultimate goal.

"For him to be as mentally tough and resilient as he's been, and continue to work at it and get better, I couldn't be more happy for him," Gingher told "It was a surreal moment seeing him score that goal; from a program perspective, we have our first player who's made it to the NHL. But for it to be Connor was awesome, because it couldn't happen to a better kid. All he's done is put his head down and work.

"(The injury trouble) hasn't derailed him - it's made him stronger. There are a lot of guys who wouldn't have approached that adversity in the same way Connor did, and it's a real credit to his character."

by posted 11/25/2013
Roslovic helps Team USA Capture Gold

On behalf of the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, we want to congratulate Jack Roslovic as he and the USNTDP U17’s captured the Gold Medal at the Four Nations Tournament.  Team USA beat Switzerland, Slovakia and Russia on their way to winning gold.

Jack scored 2 goals in 3 games and was a +2.

Congrats again Jack!!!

by posted 11/12/2013
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