Columbus Blue Jackets activate defenceman Hejda, recall centre MacKenzie

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenceman Jan Hejda and added centre Derek MacKenzie to the roster on emergency recall from the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.

General manager Scott Howson announced the moves on Wednesday, in time for both to join the team for the game at home against San Jose.

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Hejda, one of Columbus’ most valuable defensive players and a veteran of 207 NHL games, played in five games before injuring a knee. He has missed the Blue Jackets’ last eight games.

The 28-year-old MacKenzie has two goals and two assists in 46 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers.