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NHL: Blue Jackets' Kekalainen to Serve as Finland Assistant GM
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NHL: Blue Jackets' Kekalainen to Serve as Finland Assistant GM

Oct 29 2013, 8:43pm CDT | by

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was named assistant GM of Finland's men's national hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was named assistant GM of Finland's men's national hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  This was confirmed on Oct. 29 by...

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NHL: Blue Jackets' Kekalainen to Serve as Finland Assistant GM

Oct 29 2013, 8:43pm CDT | by

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Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was named assistant GM of Finland's men's national hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was named assistant GM of Finland's men's national hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

This was confirmed on Oct. 29 by no less than the Blue Jackets' official website, which quoted Kekalainen on how excited he is about the opportunity. 

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with (Finland general manager) Jari Kurri, head coach Erkka Westerlund and the Finnish Ice Hockey Association at next year's Olympic Games in Sochi. Representing your country at the Olympics is a tremendous honor, so this is a very proud moment for my famiily and I." 

Kekalainen's hire is the latest addition to a sizeable contingent from the Blue Jackets who will be in Sochi. Head coach Todd Richards is an assistant while Jack Johnson and Brandon Dubinksy are players for Team USA

Three Blue Jackets, namely Sergei Bobrovsky, Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin, will play for Russia while Marian Gaborik will suit up for Slovakia

Kekalainen was hired on February 13 of this year to become the Blue Jackets' third general manager in franchise history and the first-ever European-born NHL GM. His NHL career kicked off in 1995 as a member of the Ottawa Senators' operations department. 

He then assumed roles as director of amateur scouting and assistant general manager with the St. Louis Blues from 2002-2010 before becoming president and general manager of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League in 2010 until his hiring by the Blue Jackets.

In his first year on the job as Blue Jackets GM, Kekalainen and the team fell just a point short of their second-ever postseason berth. 

 
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2 weeks ago

Blue Jackets’ building year busted by injuries

Oct 31 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded. That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them. The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered off the ice after a freak collision with a line ...
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2 weeks ago

Blue Jackets’ building year busted by injuries

Oct 31 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded. That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them. The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered off the ice after a freak collision w ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Blue Jackets’ building year busted by injuries

Oct 31 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded. That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them. The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Blue Jackets’ building year busted by injuries

Oct 31 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded. That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them. The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick F ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Blue Jackets’ building year busted by injuries

Oct 31 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded. That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them. The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foli ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Blue Jackets’ building year busted by injuries

Oct 31 2014 10:06am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded. That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them. The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered off the ice afte ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS ACTIVATE DEFENSEMAN RYAN MURRAY OFF INJURED NON-ROSTER LIST; ASSIGN FORWARD ALEXANDER WENNBERG TO AHL’S SPRINGFIELD FALCONS

Oct 26 2014 12:55pm CDT | Source: Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Ryan Murray off the Injured Non-Roster list and assigned forward Alexander Wennberg to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General M ...
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3 weeks ago

Blue Jackets activate goaltender Curtis McElhinney off IR; assign Anton Forsberg to Springfield (AHL)

Oct 26 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated goaltender Curtis McElhinney off Injured Reserve and assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalai ...
Source: Columbus Blue Jackets   Full article at: Columbus Blue Jackets
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Blue Jackets, Johansen agree to three-year deal

Oct 6 2014 10:29am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ryan Johansen missed most of training camp in a loud and public contract impasse. He also missed his teammates. The team’s 22-year-old leading scorer finally reached agreement with the club on a three-year deal that will pay him US$3 million each of the first two years and $6 million in the third year. The cap hit will be $4 million per season, according to figures supplied by the office of Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt. ...
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6 weeks ago

Blue Jackets, Johansen agree to three-year deal

Oct 6 2014 10:29am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ryan Johansen missed most of training camp in a loud and public contract impasse. He also missed his teammates. The team’s 22-year-old leading scorer finally reached agreement with the club on a three-year deal that will pay him US$3 million each of the first two years and $6 million in the third year. The cap hit will be $4 million per season, according to figures supplied by th ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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