NHL’s Ciccarelli and Olczyk and OSU Coaches Fickell and Matta Join The 2011 Morning Sports Report

At The 2011 Morning Sports Report presented by Marathon, Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Rick Nash will be joined by NHL Hall of Famer Dino Ciccarelli and Stanley Cup Champion and NHL TV Analyst Ed Olczyk. Also participating are Ohio State Head Football Coach Luke Fickell and Head Basketball Coach Thad Matta.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, NHL Hall of Famers Phil Esposito (scheduling conflict) and Stan Mikita (medical issue) are no longer able to attend. Ciccarelli played 19 seasons, primarily with the Minnesota North Stars and Detroit Red Wings, and scored 608 goals and 1,200 points during his career. Olczyk, currently the lead analyst for the NHL on NBC, represented Team USA at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup tournaments and played 16 seasons in the NHL, tallying 794 points and winning the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.

The GCSC’s annual breakfast is Wednesday, June 29th at 7:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Columbus Ballroom.  The Morning Sports Report brings together and provides fans an inside look at Central Ohio’s teams and notable sports figures.  Coach Fickell will represent OSU and join the general managers from the Blue Jackets, Clippers and Crew on stage for the team panel and Coach Matta will be interviewed.

Prior to the breakfast, a special VIP reception, presented by FOX Sports
Ohio, with the sports celebrities will be held and a Fan Fair featuring a
variety of mascots, booths and activities for the city’s sports teams and
organizations will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. in the lobby, with the program
beginning at8 a.m.

Reserve your seats at ColumbusSports.org or call 614-222-6134 by June 22.Ticket options are as follows with all attendees receiving a free
“Columbus Sports” ticket package for various Columbus sporting events.

  • $70 for an individual seat | $85 for an individual VIP
    seat with one ticket to the VIP reception with sports celebrities
  • $800 for a table for ten that includes two tickets to the VIP
    reception with sports celebrities and
  • $1,500 for VIP table for nine with the opportunity to host a sports celebrity with nine tickets to the VIP reception with sports celebrities, and other special amenities.

Also, take a look back at the 2010 The Morning Sports Report via
video or photos on Flickr featuring the historic first-ever reunion of Ohio State’s four living Heisman Trophy winners: Hop Cassady, Archie Griffin, Eddie George and Troy Smith.

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About GCSC

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) was formed in June 2002 to provide leadership, guidance and marketing expertise in attracting regional, national and international sporting events and activities to bolster Greater Columbus economically and socially. Since its inception, GCSC has bid on and brought more than 150 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $150 million in visitor spending. The GCSC also works to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $100 million in visitor spending.
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