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Jackets hire Jarmo Kekalainen as GM

Updated: February 13, 2013, 12:58 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets hurried to make history.

Just more than 24 hours after firing Scott Howson, they announced the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen of Finland as the first European to be a general manager in the National Hockey League.

Kekalainen, director of amateur scouting with the St. Louis Blues from 2002 to 2010, held a news conference Wednesday in his native Finland at the same time the Blue Jackets held theirs in Ohio.

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