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Photo Gallery: Blue Jackets and Monsters Take the Ice in Strongsville

STRONGSVILLE, OH – The Lake Erie Monsters and Columbus Blue Jackets are just getting to know each other. The two teams are now in a partnership, as the Monsters announced back in April they were joining up with Blue Jackets as their new affiliate.

The Monsters eight-year affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche came to an end in the spring, as while the two teams had one year remaining on their affiliation contract, the two teams agreed to make the switch to find closer affiliations.

With a new affiliate comes new faces, among them general Manager Chris MacFarland, head coach Jared Bednar and assistant coaches Nolan Pratt and Toby Petersen.

Tuesday all of them were in town, as the Blue Jackets took the ice first in Strongsville, followed by the Monsters.

Take a look at the goings on in Strongsville, and enjoy our photo gallery of all the great action on the ice!

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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