MacFarland Named Assistant GM
Club also names Mike Vogt head athletic trainer and Josh Flynn manager of hockey administration
The Columbus Blue Jackets have promoted Chris MacFarland to assistant general manager and named Mike Vogt as head athletic trainer and Josh Flynn manager of hockey administration, General Manager Scott Howson announced Thursday.

MacFarland was promoted after having served as the club's assistant to the general manager this past season. He originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999 and held the role of manager of hockey operations from 2001-2007. He is responsible for assisting the general manager in all facets of the hockey operations department, including salary cap management, contract negotiations and research, salary arbitration, strategic planning, player assignments, application and administration of the NHL and AHL collective bargaining agreements, personnel decisions and professional and amateur scouting.

Vogt joins the Blue Jackets after spending the previous seven seasons with the Minnesota Wild as the assistant athletic trainer. A native of Canton, Ohio, he is a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In addition to being a member of the National Athletic Trainer Association, he is also a member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainer Society and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He served as the head athletic trainer for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team during the 2004-05 season, making it to the Frozen Four in Columbus. Prior to joining the Wild, he served as the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx from 1998-2001, the head athletic trainer for the ABL's Columbus Quest and the Columbus Xoggz, a semi-pro men's soccer club.

Flynn joins the club after spending the past year and a half with KO Sports Agency. A 2004 graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Strum College of Law at the University of Denver in 2007. With the Blue Jackets, he will be responsible for assisting the general manager and assistant general manager in all facets of the hockey operations department, including salary cap management, contract negotiations and research, salary arbitration, strategic planning, and application and administration of the NHL collective bargaining agreements.

Deposits are now being accepted for Blue Jackets season tickets for the 2008-09 season. New 10 and 20 game plans also are available starting at $240. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

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