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Blue Jackets send 4 to Evansville

The Evansville IceMen have announced on this date the assignment of four player personnel from their NHL / AHL affiliation with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Springfield Falcons.

Returning to Evansville will be IceMen ECHL signed players, right wings Dan Gendur and Patrick Kennedy while defenseman Anton Blomqvist and left wing Oliver Gabriel have been assigned to the IceMen.

Gendur, the CHL's seventh leading scorer in 2011-12 with the since-extinct Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, and Kennedy, a second year pro from Cornell University had been invited to the Springfield camp on tryout agreements. As for Blomqvist and Gabriel, both players are under contract to the Blue Jackets.

Blomqvist is a sixth round selection, 167th overall of Columbus in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The import from Sweden has previously performed in 29-games with AHL Springfield, spanning the past one and one-half seasons. Meanwhile, Gabriel also saw action with the Falcons to the tune of 11-games late last season following a solid four-year career in the major junior ‘A' WHL with the Portland Winterhawks where his head coach for one season was present IceMen bench pilot, Rich Kromm.

The Edmonton, Alberta native also notched his first-ever pro goal in his late season stint under the Springfield banner.

All four players are expected to formally make their IceMen premiere appearances Saturday night in the club's home opening night extravaganza bonanza as they host their principal archrivals, the Fort Wayne Komets for a 7:15 face-off at the Ford Center.

Last season, on opening night, in the first ever pro hockey game played at their new home of the Ford Center, the IceMen throttled the Komets, 3-1 before a huge crowd of nearly 9,000 fans.

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