Thursday, March 26, 2009

Official Press Release....


For those of you wondering, the official press release is listed below.


So many of you have asked and called about getting jerseys, we are in the process of creating a jersey for the first ever foundation signing. I hope to have more details on it today, but all proceeds will go to The Blue Jackets Foundation to fight pediatric cancer.

-Brad

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 25, 2009

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SIGN VERSATILE DEFENSEMAN RYAN SALMONS
Hard-hitting blueliner from Central Ohio can also play forward and will wear No. 3 for the club


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 www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

19 comments:

Danny Lang said...

Hey Ryan, We really never know each other that well, but im praying for you man, your a hell of a guy. I dont know if i could do what your doing. Stay strong you will make it through all of this. I will pray for you man every chance i get. Stay strong

Ashlei said...

AH! Ryan this is SO great :) I cant wait to get my very own Salmons Jersey!

Adam Gilbert said...

So exciting manknow a celebrity!! Congratulations Ryan :) I would like a jersey, too!

~Adam Gilbert

Nikki Bakaletz said...

This is so awesome Ry!! Congrats! =)

Stephanie said...

Ryan - I used to intern with the CBJ Foundation too and thank you still for allowing me to win at the xbox NHL game at the Christmas party =) I can from the bottom of my heart truly say that the whole entire Blue Jackets organization thinks so highly of you. You and your family have been in my prayers... have so much tonight at the game! I will look for you!

Stephanie

Anonymous said...

I would love, love, love a jersey! Please keep us updated on how to purchase one!
P.S. Will Ryan be playing at the April 5th game? Or is it a possibility?

Anonymous said...

Ryan,

this is great! Let me know when jerseys are ready i would love to get one!

-Josh Cunningham

Jason, Jill and Madeline said...

This is awesome Ryan! Sounds like the Salmons jersey will be sold out all across the state!

Mark Toskin and Family said...

Wow! Ryan signs on for 1 game, and they turn their BEST performance of the season! Let's keep this special thing going, OK?!!! Way to go Ryan! We're following you and the Jackets all the way to the Stanley Cup!

Holly Friend said...

Man Ryan I knew thats all they needed on there team was a SALMONS!! I am so happy for you that is so awesome. Way to go! We love you Ryan keep up the strength and heart we know your a fighter babe.

Love you the Friends

Marisa said...

This is amazing! Congrats on becoming a part of the team :) Way to go!! You'll do great!

Deuce said...

Brad/Ryan - Awesome stuff. I am proud to know such awesome men. Brad - I am glad we met at UPS years ago!

Deuce

Anonymous said...

Ryan,
I hope that contract including a bonus for you impact on the team. That was an outstanding performance by the Jackets last night. Your courage took the team to a new level. Word gets out, every team is going to want to sign you.

Jan and I couldn't wait for Jersey's so we had ours made prior to last nights game. We proudly wore our #3 Salmons jerseys (sent your dad a photo). Several people asked where they could get one.

We had people telling us all night what an inspiration you have been to them and how great both you and your entire family have been. Several people commented on how great your dad is. Of course, we already knew that.

Ron and Jan Barton

Bethany said...

Congrats Ryan!!

Stay strong all the CBJ fans are rooting for you.

I run a blog that talks about the CBJ and Ryan's story has really hit home.

I hope you don't mind, but I posted the press release on the site. If you have any questions PLEASE e-mail me at BethanyM85@gmail.com

Alan said...

Just saw you on ESPN First Take! Thats very cool! Congrats!

Alan and Suzanne Wasserman

The Lord Family said...

Can not think of a better guy to add to the roster! Congrats!

We are thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of player we need on the CBJ. Great pickup Howson and welcome to the club Ryan! Can't wait to see you light it up out there with Chimmers.

Anonymous said...

We pray for you and your family every day. Congrats on the ESPN interview and contract!!

Norm & Norma Gilbert
(Adam Gilbert's grandparents)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Ryan!