The Columbus Blue Jackets will get an opportunity to play in a game that helps local communities, and it will be a first for the club as well.
The Blue Jackets are scheduled to take part in the 2018 Kraft Hockeyville game in Clinton, N.Y. against the Buffalo Sabres. The game will take place on September 25 during the preseason.
Kraft's Hockeyville program gives money to a local hockey organization that needs help, and will use the money to provide rink and facility upgrades. Clinton Arena will be receiving $150,000 as part of the event.
"Our game is built on the foundation of local communities and its continued growth is a testament to the individuals and families who love and support hockey in those communities," said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson in a press release. "Kraft Hockeyville USA is a wonderful celebration of hockey's grass roots and our club is thrilled to be going to Clinton, New York to play the Buffalo Sabres this September."
The event has taken place since 2006 and awarded in excess of $4 million in upgrades over that period of time. The Blue Jackets were supposed to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Canadian Hockeyville game in 2012, held in Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario, but the game was cancelled due to the lockout.