Jackets in the summer?

FOX Sports Ohio and the Columbus Blue Jackets are excited to announce a new summer program, Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, premiering this Thursday, July 28 at 9pm. This 30-minute special will bring viewers up to speed on their team’s off-season news as host Ray Crawford guides fans through the Jackets’ busy summer.

The show includes a brief recap of the NHL Entry Draft, examines the club’s free agent acquisitions and takes a look at the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Color Analyst Bill Davidge goes one-on-one with newly acquired All-Star center Jeff Carter and new defenseman James Wisniewski, while FOX Sports Ohio has an exclusive interview with team captain Rick Nash, who shares his thoughts on the club’s off-season moves. Viewers will also hear from General Manager Scott Howson on the recent signing of veteran forward Vinny Prospal.

Jackets fans also won’t want to miss a segment featuring 2010 first round pick Ryan Johansen and the club’s young prospects as they trade in their skates for spatulas for a cooking class during development camp!

Click here for the show schedule.