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Four Junior Blue Jackets to play at United States Junior Hockey Jamboree

November 3, 2006 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Ohio Junior Blue Jackets News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets will have four players competing on two teams at the first ever United States Junior Hockey Jamboree Nov. 13-14 in Blaine, Minn., the United States Hockey League announced on Wednesday. The four Ohio players competing in the event are: defensemen John Ryder and Adam Comrie, and forwards Danny Hobbs and Matt Bourdeau.

The USHL will be one of two leagues, along with the Empire Junior Hockey League (Tier III/Junior B), bringing multiple squads to the 14 team event, with a total of 12 leagues represented. There will be a USHL Team Black and a USHL Team White. Ryder and Comrie will play for Team Black, while Hobbs and Bourdeau will skate for Team White.

"This is great opportunity for the four players selected to show off their talent at national level," said Junior Blue Jackets General Manager Don Harkins. "Any chance to play in events like the Jamboree is important in terms of a player showcasing his ability in front of scouts."

The USHL will be sending a total of 40 players, six each from Waterloo and Tri-City. The only other team sending more players than the Junior Blue Jackets is Cedar Rapids, who will have five participants.

Team White and Team Black will play one another twice, once each day of the event. The games are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (ET) at the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) Ice Arena.

Ohio Junior Blue Jackets individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Chiller Ice Rinks, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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