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Here I'll try to keep you updated on what is going on in my life.
2012-13 Season

   
 

THANK YOU MILITARY!


November 11th, 2013... Proud American! This weekend has given us the chance to appreciate, thank, and remember all the men and women who have served our country to protect our freedom. On Saturday, we wore special jerseys in warm-ups that were auctioned off for Military Appreciation Night. The Blue Jackets even gave a free ticket to all military personnel who came to the game. It was nice to get the win on a night that means so much to me.

On Sunday, the Marines celebrated their 238th birthday. They are such a special group with an amazing legacy: the few, the proud, the Marines! Semper Fi.

Today we thank all the
veterans, active military, and their families for the sacrifices they make to protect our freedom. Happy Veterans Day! Although we celebrate what they do for us with a holiday, please thank our military every chance you get. God bless the USA!



I also was honored to help build US Air Force veteran Kelley Flanagan's house with Habitat Humanity, teammates James Wisniewski and Jared Boll, coaches Todd Richards, Craig Hartsburg, and Dan Hinote, and other members of the Blue Jackets organization. You can check out the story here or watch the video below. Not something I'm used to doing, but it was great to get out there and give a little back to someone who served our country.


 
 

TO BE CONTINUED...


 

 


LET'S GET IT ON!

January 6th, 2013... We're Back! The lockout is finally over and I can't wait to go to Columbus and start the NHL season! I'm thankful that not just the NHL players can go back to work, but the Blue Jackets staff, Nationwide Arena employees, and Arena District businesses. Also, thank you to the fans for sticking with us. I can't wait to see you at the rink and cause some controlled chaos with Wiz! So excited to be back on the ice!


 

 


THANK YOU VETERANS!

November 10th, 2012... We often take for granted the very things that most deserve gratitude. Remember "this will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -Elmer Davis. As Lieutenant General H. G. Moore said, "Hate war, but love the American warrior." So I ask that everyone make a solemn oath to your country this Veteran's Day. Promise to be loyal and patriotic until your last breath. I'm so proud and blessed to be an American!


 
 


WE WANT TO PLAY!

October 28th, 2012... I want to work! I’m a professional athlete and I want to play hockey! In my chosen profession, I don’t have until I am 60 or 70 years old to do this job. My window of opportunity to play professional hockey is limited. If I’m lucky, I can play until I’m 40. I have been training as a hockey player my entire life, and I know it is a privilege to play in the NHL. So each month, each week, and each game that is cancelled is an opportunity I will never get back. This is the case for every NHL player. I value every day in this job and take my commitment to my team very seriously. I give it my all every shift. I come to play every night and I leave it all on the ice. This is my responsibility as an individual, an athlete, and a professional. I have a duty to my team, the organization that has given me this opportunity, and the fans in the stands to give them my best at all times. The concept that the owners are trying to dismantle existing contracts that they in good faith offered, signed, and committed to is appalling, unprofessional, and disgraceful. I negotiated my own contract, without an agent, with the confidence and belief that the owner offering me that contract operated by the same convictions and principals as I do. During the summer, the players offered to play through negotiations and the owners locked us out. We want to play hockey! Where is the honor? I’m ready to play and uphold my end of the deal!


 


HERE COME THE AMERICANS!


July 27th, 2012... The London Olympics! I'm so excited for the Olympic Games and so proud of all the U.S. Olympians! It's a moment they will remember and cherish forever. I'm proud to be an American and ready to cheer on all our athletes as they try to bring home the gold!

2012 OLYMPICS
Medal Count
Through Day 4 (July 31st, 2012)

Country
Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

China
13
6
4
23
USA
9
8
6
23
Japan
1
4
8
13
France
4
3
4
11
South Korea
3
2
3
8
Italy
2
4
2
8
Russia
2
2
4
8
Germany
2
3
1
6
Australia
1
3
2
6
Romania
1
2
2
5
North Korea
3
0
1
4
Great Britain
0
2
2
4
Canada
0
0
4
4
Kazakhstan
3
0
0
3
Brazil
1
1
1
3
Hungary
1
1
1
3
Ukraine
1
0
2
3
South Africa
2
0
0
2
Netherlands
1
1
0
2
Colombia
0
2
0
2
Mexico
0
2
0
2
Indonesia
0
1
1
2
Slovakia
0
0
2
2
Georgia, Lithuania, Slovenia
1 Gold
Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, Poland, Sweden, Thailand, Taipei
1 Silver
Azerbaijan, Belgium, India, Moldova, Mongolia,
New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Serbia, Uzbekistan
1 Bronze

 

GOD BLESS THE USA!

June 29th, 2012... Proud to be an American! Well, it's summer and I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can before the season sneaks up on us. First, I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July and be safe celebrating our great country! I feel blessed every day that I can call America my home and thank all the people who have made the sacrifices for my freedom. It was an honor to represent my country at the World Championships in May and I was humbled again by USA Hockey by receiving the Bob Johnson Award in June, which recognizes excellence in international ice hockey competition during a specific season of play. I can't believe summer is half way over, but I'm training hard at Barwis Methods to get ready for the upcoming season, while still taking classes at the University of Michigan so I can finish my degree. Enjoy the summer, it's going by quick, and hockey season will be here before you know it!

The NHL just announced the Blue Jackets' schedule for next season and our home opener is October 19th vs. the Vancouver Canucks. I'm hoping to see so many of you "join the battle" with us at Nationwide Arena this season. Speaking of joining the team, congratulations to all the players drafted last weekend, especially all the new Blue Jackets. This is the first step to achieving your dream, but there is a lot of work ahead of you. And to those who didn't hear their name called, keep working hard, believe in yourself, and never quit. Now you can prove others wrong. There are many routes you can take to get to the NHL, so if one door doesn't open, keep battling to knock another door down. Good luck to all the players invited to the Blue Jackets development camp next week. Enjoy the experience, show the coaches what you can do, and learn as much as you can to help you in the future. It's a great opportunity to see first hand what it takes to be a professional and will help you in your career.


 

BRING ON THE WORLD - AGAIN!

May 10th, 2012... Bounce Back! We suffered our first loss of the tournament against Slovakia on Monday. They are a very good team despite not having a win in the tournament yet as they lost two close ones to Canada (3-2) and Finland (1-0). Every game is important in a short tournament like this, so we have to learn from it and get ready for the next one. We were able to bounce back from the loss with a solid win against Belarus. We're right back at it tomorrow against Kazakhstan. Even though they're winless, we still have play our game and not let up. Every team is capable of winning and we don't want to look past them. Even though we play Finland, who is undefeated and the tournament-host, on Sunday, we have to focus on the task at hand and take it one game at a time.

We had a few days off in between games, so besides regrouping and preparing for Belarus, I was able to do a Twitter Chat with the fans through USA Hockey. It was a lot of fun answering people on a variety of topics. I know I couldn't get to everyone, so maybe I'll do it again soon. If you want to read it, my fans at "Crash the Net" posted the chat here.


May 6th, 2012... What a Start! Great two games to kick off the tournament. We started a little slow against France, but we have a lot of new guys who were making their national team debuts and after awhile, they seemed to get more comfortable and started playing our game. It was nice to get such a convincing 7-2 win to get things started and hopefully we can keep the momentum going.

It doesn't take much to get up for a game against Canada. They've had our number in this tournament lately, but we battled all night long. Despite giving up a late goal to allow them to tie it, we held our composure and took care of things in overtime. I know we'll probably see Canada again in this tournament, but it's nice to get bragging rights for a bit. Right now I'm enjoying the day off to rest up as we continue the grind tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for the congratulations and support, we still have a lot of work to do to reach our ultimate goal, but hope everyone enjoys watching the games on the NBC Sports Network. Go USA!


Scoring the overtime goal against Canada was one of the biggest of my career.



May 2nd, 2012... We started the tournament off on a winning note with a 3-2 exhibition win over Sweden today. It was good to get used to the boys and I also received the honor of being named captain of the squad. I'm excited to lead this team to a gold medal. I won't be happy with anything less. Now we're off to Finland to start the real deal. First game is Friday against France on the NBC Sports Network (5:15am in the Eastern Time Zone). Hope everyone will be watching and cheering us on. Go USA!


Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship Schedule
May 4-20 • Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden

Date
Opponent

Time (Local/EST)

TV (NBC Sports)

Tues., May 1
Sweden (exhib.)
Win, 3-2
N/A
Fri., May 4
France
Win, 7-2
Live
Sat., May 5
Canada
Win, 5-4 OT
Delay, 7:30pm EST
Mon., May 7
Slovakia
Loss, 4-2
Live
Thurs., May 10
Belarus
Win, 5-3
Live
Fri., May 11
Kazakhstan
Win, 3-2 OT
Live
Sun., May 13
Finland
Win, 5-0
Live
Tue., May 15
Switzerland
Win, 5-2
Live
Thurs., May 17
Quarterfinals-Finland
6:30pm/11:30am
Live
Sat., May 19
Semifinals
TBD
TBD
Sun., May 20
Bronze Medal Game
4pm/9am
Live
Sun., May 20
Finals
8:30pm/1:30pm
Delay, 9pm EST
     

Preliminary Round Standings
Group H • Helsinki, Finland

Updated as of end of preliminary round
Team
W

OTW

OTL

L

P

Canada
6
0
1
0
19
USA
4
2
0
1
16
Finland
5
0
0
2
15
Slovakia
5
0
0
2
15
France
3
0
0
4
9
Switzerland
2
0
0
5
7
Belarus
1
0
0
6
3
Kazakhstan
0
0
1
6
1

 

BRING ON THE WORLD - AGAIN!

April 23rd, 2012... Stars and Stripes! First off, I want to congratulate Team USA for winning the gold with a 7-0 win over Sweden at the World Under-18 Men's Championships. It's great any time we can come away with the gold and I'm proud of those boys. Now it's time for us to do our part. We leave on Saturday for the World Championships. We haven't faired too well in this tournament, but I know we can get the job done with the group of guys we have on this team so far. I'm excited for the opportunity to represent USA again and can't wait to hit the ice. Nothing compares to pulling on the stars and stripes and playing for your country. We have one reason we're going there and one goal we'll be happy with and that is to bring home the gold medal. I will try to keep you updated on how things are going, but I am focused on only one thing when I'm over there and that's winning. You can watch all of Team USA's games live on the NBC Sports Network, except May 5 vs. Canada will be tape delayed at 7:30pm EST. Also, the quarterfinals will air live, while the semifinal air time is still TBD. Also, the bronze medal game will be live, while the gold medal game will be tape delayed at 9pm EST.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship Schedule
May 4-20 • Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden

Date
Opponent

Time (Local/EST)

TV (NBC Sports)

Tues., May 1
Sweden (exhib.)
3:30pm/9:30am
N/A
Fri., May 4
France
12:15pm/5:15am
Live
Sat., May 5
Canada
7pm/12pm
Delay, 7:30pm EST
Mon., May 7
Slovakia
8:15pm/1:15pm
Live
Thurs., May 10
Belarus
4:15pm/9:15am
Live
Fri., May 11
Kazakhstan
4:15pm/9:15am
Live
Sun., May 13
Finland
4:15pm/9:15am
Live
Tue., May 15
Switzerland
8:15pm/1:15pm
Live
Thurs., May 17
Quarterfinals
TBD
Live
Sat., May 19
Semifinals
TBD
TBD
Sun., May 20
Bronze Medal Game
4pm/9am
Live
Sun., May 20
Finals
8:30pm/1:30pm
Delay, 9pm EST
     

Also, I want to wish good luck to all of the players up for the NFL Draft that starts Thursday, especially Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen. Go Blue! It's a big day for everyone involved and such a special time, so I wish everyone the best as they move one step closer to achieving their dreams.


 

THANK YOU FANS!

April 11th, 2012... Best Fans Ever! I just want to say thank you. I have the best fans in the world whether you're supporting me in the NHL, on Team USA, or at a charity event. The fact you support my career and allow me to play the game I love means the world to me and I thank all of you. I'm looking forward to next year and building on what we have started in Columbus, but until then, I am honored to be named to Team USA again for the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden from May 4-20.

 

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