This weekend the 2002s traveled to Canton, Ohio to partake in the Mid Am Tournament. Thanks to a few upsets the boys were able to jump into the Championship game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pens Elite. They lost the game, 4 to 2, and placed second in the tournament. "They were a tough team and we played hard", said Assistant Coach Jesse Predhomme.
Below is a breakdown of the tournament.
Game 1 vs The Cleveland Barons
Outcome: Won; 5 to 1
Goals: Walker (2), Watts, Sensky, and Trudeau
*Watts goal was his first AAA career goal.
Game 2 vs Sylvania
Outcome: Lost, 4 to 0
Game 3 vs The Cleveland Barons
Outcome: Won; 3 to 1
Goals: Chaykowski, Trudeau, and Kish
Game 4 vs Pittsburgh Pens Elite (Championship Game)
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:
If an additional tryout session is needed for 2004-2000 levels, it will take place on the following Wednesday, April 16th at Chiller North. Specific times will be communicated if an additional tryout is needed.
Additional program information is also available at www.aaabluejackets.com. If you have any questions, please contact the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets’ Program Coordinator, Ed Gingher at
2001 Jackets Take Home The Quebec City Peewee Tournament Cup
The boys traveled 18 hours to get to this tournament. Parents and players have taken over a week off of work/school. They are trying to make this trip worth every moment. The Colisee is packed with people we don’t know who are fans of this tournament. Some cheering for us. Some against us. Back home local Columbus bar, R-Bar, located in the heart of the Arena District is streaming the game live. Players, coaches, and parents of the AAA organization are watching the game at R-Bar surrounded by fans of the organization. This game means a lot to many of the players and coaches. This is the last game Sam Carper’s dad will watch before heading to Afghanistan for a few months. Coach Todd Ehrie could become the first Jackets coach to bring home the trophy. Dalton Miller will have double bragging rights over his brother who played on the '97 team. The team will prove that their win yesterday wasn’t just a fluke that they were meant to win this tournament. For the Billets, watching the Jackets play is like watching their own kids play. They have created a quick bond with the boys that will last a lifetime. This team is not the Jackets to them it’s their Jackets. Today is a great day to be a Jackets fan.
As the Jackets take the ice for warm-ups the Nordiques flag is proudly displayed to show support for their billet brothers who didn't make it to the finals. Jackets and Nordiques fans loudly cheer as one.
Straight off the face-off Landshof (17) shoots one at the Swiss goalie but is stopped. Lots of great work coming out of Foster (20) and Giambrone (9) in the first few minutes of the period. Their stick handling and speed has been incredible thus far. With 5:23 left in the 1st Swiss' Hasler (87) puts one in the net. Swiss are now up 1 to 0. Two minutes later White (20) has a breakaway stolen by Swiss' Baumann (11). He rushes down the ice and just like that the Swiss are up 2 to 0. Not even a full minute later Landshof (17) sees an opening in front of the net and passes to Vidrick (21). The Jackets are now within one goal. With 4.8 seconds to go Vidrick (21) makes an attempt to tie the game up but gets shot down by the Swiss goalie. The period ends and the Jackets head to the locker room down a goal.
At the start of the second period Vidrick (27) makes an incredible stop off the face-off. A few minutes later Cox (13) goes hard against the boards and clears the puck out. No one was able to convert that play into a goal. A little over four minutes into the second Carper (44) breaks away and immediately is triple teamed by the Swiss. He was able to shoot the puck down the ice right into the goalie's pads. A penalty is called on Swiss' Pezzulli (7) for holding. The Jackets are getting rebound after rebound but nothing is going in. They are hungry for a win and it clearly shows. Carper fires the puck right between the legs of the goalie with under two minutes left and the Jackets tie the game up. Nineteen seconds later Vineyard (8) passes to Vidrick (21) who launches the puck into the net. Jackets finally get into a flow and the period ends. Jackets head to the locker room up 3 to 2.
A clock malfunction starts out the third. 45 seconds into the first Landshof (17) breaks away from the pack, backhand shoots, and just misses the goal. A minute later the Swiss launch the puck towards Vidrick (27) who gets low to the ice to stop the puck from entering the net. The Swiss rebound, shot, and Vidrick (27) pounces on the puck. At 4:59 Carper (44) goes top shelf and gives the Jacket a two goal lead. The Jackets are now up 4 to 2. The win is so close you can taste it but there is still a lot of time left on the clock. The Jackets continue to pounce all over rebounds for the next few minutes. At 9:01, Miller (10) goes to the box for tripping. The penalty is successfully killed. The game is back to even strength but not for long. At 11:12 there's a lot of traffic around the net. Vidrick (21) works hard to get the puck in but the refs blow the whistle before he gets a chance. The refs end up calling Vidrick (21) for slashing and they are back on the penalty kill. Jackets were once again able to kill the penalty successfully.
As the clock wound down the tears were flowing. The Jackets had just made history as the winners of the 55th annual Quebec City Peewee Hockey Tournament. This moment was very bittersweet for all of us. It was time to take the trophy back to America but that meant leaving behind the family we just gained.
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.
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 Jobing.com 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 BlueJackets.com. "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."
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.