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Kane, Toews lead list of players appearing at NHL Draft Fan Fest

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews highlight a list of special guests appearing at NHL Draft Fan Fest outside the United Center on Friday and Saturday as the Blackhawks and the city of Chicago serve as hosts to the NHL Draft presented by adidas.

In addition to Kane and Toews, other special guests scheduled to appear include (list subject to change): Brian Campbell, Tony Esposito, Denis Savard, Eric Daze, Colin Fraser, Adam Burish, Chris Chelios, Pat Foley, John Wiedeman, Troy Murray and Jim Cornelison. To qualify for limited autograph and photo opportunities, those attending Fan Fest must activate their Fan Pass at draftfanfest.com.

Neon Trees will kick off the NHL Draft Fan Fest with a concert at 5 p.m. on Friday. Neon Trees is best known for their singles "Everybody Talks" and "Animal" that climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 Alternative Songs charts.

NHL Draft Fan Fest will include interactive games, photo opportunities with Blackhawks players and alumni, music and a special appearance by the NHL Centennial Fan Arena. MB Financial Bank and Gerber Collision & Glass are proud sponsors of NHL Draft Fan Fest.

Hockey fans of all ages are invited to celebrate the next generation of talent through an interactive festival open Friday from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in United Center Parking Lot C, directly north of the United Center.

All fans must have a Fan Pass to enter Fan Fest. Tickets to the NHL Draft will grant fans access to both the NHL Draft that will take place inside the United Center as well as Fan Fest. Fans who purchased tickets to the Draft will receive Fan Fest passes in the mail prior to the event. Draft Fan Passes are available to fans at the United Center Box Office (1901 W. Madison St.), the Blackhawks Michigan Avenue Flagship Store (333 N. Michigan Ave.), the Blackhawks Aurora Outlet Store (1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora) and select MB Financial Bank and Gerber Collision & Glass locations. More information on obtaining and registering Fan Fest Passes as well as a map of the NHL Draft Fan Fest grounds can be found at chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.

In addition to celebrating the future NHL stars being drafted, fans can celebrate hockey history with the NHL Centennial Fan Arena that will be onsite to explore as a part of NHL Draft Fan Fest. The main attraction is a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall. The Museum Truck will showcase the history of Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL. The Stanley Cup® -- the oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports -- will be on display on Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fans who have a ticket to the event will be able to take their photo with the Stanley Cup.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and NHL Draft Fan Fest schedule will be posted at a later date. Tickets to both days of the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center are on sale to the public now. The tickets will be available exclusively at ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

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