You can already mark your calendars for two dates when it comes to the Blue Jackets 2012-2013 season, and both games are taking them outside the usual NHL destinations.
Dispatch reporter, Aaron Portzline confirmed a Washington Post story saying the CBJ would faceoff against the Washington Capitals in Baltimore on September 26th. As Porty describes it:
“Dubbed the Baltimore Hockey Classic. Puck drops at 7 p.m. Last year, the Capitals hosted the Nashville Predators in the BHC, a game memorable for almost being canceled for poor ice conditions.”
And I had a piece up earlier today about a small town Canadian city of Stirling-Rawdon winning a contest to host the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets. If you’re unfamilar with the region (and who’s kidding…you’re unfamilar with the region), it’s home to 4,906 residents, the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage, and the hometown of Penguins left wing Matt Cooke.
(Again, you can find the press release about that game here. Kraft Hockeyville 2012 3-31-12)
But it appears the Blue Jackets had yet another chance to be an ambassador for the NHL. According to the Indianapolis Star, the Jackets were approached last year about playing 174 miles west of Columbus.