by Bethany on 03/27/09 at 01:40 PM ET
I found this on the blog that has updates on how Ryan is doing.
The Blue Jackets ‘signed’ Ryan Salmons on Wednesday.
The photo is courtesy of the site.
Now we have a copy of the press release.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Ryan Salmons, a Central Ohio native and former Hilliard High School hockey star, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We’re very pleased to add a player of Ryan’s caliber to our hockey club as he brings tremendous versatility to our lineup and can play either wing position or defense,” said Howson. “He also has great character and is the type of person who inspires others with his courage, tenacity and positive attitude. We’re lucky to have him on our team.”
Salmons (pronounced SAL-muhns) began skating at the Chiller Ice Rinks when he was 10-years-old and began playing hockey at age 13 for the Hilliard Southwest club team. By 16, he was a star on the junior varsity squad. Initially a forward, as he grew and matured physically he moved to defense. His reckless and intimidating style of play resulted in numerous injuries – a separated shoulder and concussion to name a few – but also fed his passion and love of the game.
He has worn No. 3 throughout his hockey career in honor of his all-time favorite NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot currently wears No. 3, but has agreed to turn it over to Salmons. “I typically wouldn’t give up my number, but it is a small price to pay to add a player like Ryan to our team,” said Methot. “The bottom line is he is going to help us win hockey games and that is all that matters.”
Salmons is no stranger to the CBJ organization as he has attended numerous games at Nationwide Arena, including a game against Phoenix in which he met Coyotes Head Coach and Hall of Fame player Wayne Gretzky. He has also been active in Blue Jackets Foundation events such as the Black Tie. Blue Jackets. Fashion Show and the Flashes of Hope photo shoot.
“I know a lot of guys on the team already, including Manny Malhotra and Jason Chimera, and I’m really looking forward to playing with Jason as he is probably my favorite player,” said Salmons. “He is known as one of the NHL’s fastest skaters, but I just hope he will be able to keep up with me when we’re on the ice together.”
“I’m definitely excited about playing with Ryan,” said Chimera. “He just needs to make sure he puts the puck on my stick when I call for it. As long he does that, I’ll score the goals and he can pick up a few assists along the way.”
The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when they host the Calgary Flames. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game also will be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM/Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM/CD101 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at http://www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.
You can view photos from the day here.
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