Fan threatens Blue Jackets

The Associated PressMarch 28, 2009 

— A passionate hockey fan made physical threats against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a series of phone calls to the team's arena during a game, police said.

Peter Stenzel was arrested Thursday night and charged with inducing panic for threatening physical harm against the team during their 5-0 win over the Calgary Flames, Columbus Police Sgt. Rick Weiner said.

Police traced the phone calls to Stenzel's Columbus home, where they found him wearing a Flames T-shirt, Weiner said. Police would not say if specific players were targeted or what the threats entailed.

Stenzel, 52, was being held at the Franklin County Jail pending a Saturday court hearing. Weiner did not know if he had a lawyer.

Blue Jackets spokesman Todd Sharrock didn't comment on the specific incident but said the club has procedures in place to respond to security threats to players and coaches.

Columbus and Calgary are potential first-round playoff opponents. The Flames are in third place in the Western Conference with eight games to play, while the sixth-place Blue Jackets are attempting to qualify for their first playoff appearance ever.

The top eight teams in the conference will go on to the postseason.

AVALANCHE SIGN STOA TO ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL: The Colorado Avalanche signed former University of Minnesota forward Ryan Stoa to an entry-level contract Friday.

The 21-year-old Stoa, drafted in the second round in 2005, captained Minnesota this season and led the Gophers with 46 points (24 goals and 22 assists) in 36 games.

"Ryan brings an element of size, skill and leadership to our organization," said Craig Billington, Colorado's vice president of hockey operations.

The Avalanche also signed free-agent forward Cedric McNicoll to an entry-level deal.

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