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Columbus Blue Jackets Host Open House and NHL Entry Draft Party on Floor of Nationwide Arena on Friday, June 26

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to Nationwide Arena for a host of activities surrounding live first-round coverage of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from Montreal on Friday, June 26. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The party starts at 5 p.m. on the floor of the arena with live Draft coverage set to begin at 7 p.m. Free parking will be available in the garage attached to Nationwide Arena and the first 500 fans to enter will receive a free t-shirt.

In conjunction with the VERSUS telecast shown on a big screen, George Matthews and Bill Davidge, alongside Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan's Milan Jordan, will anchor the radio broadcast live on Sports Radio 1460 The Fan starting at 7 p.m. In addition, Jeff Rimer will contribute analysis and interviews direct from Montreal.

The festivities are headlined by player appearances by Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger and Jared Boll, who will be on hand to sign autographs and participate in the Select-A-Seat Open House where fans may learn about opportunities regarding full and partial season ticket plans for the 2009-2010 season.

A wide range of activities offered during the party include the following:

- Tours of the Blue Jackets and Visiting NHL locker rooms

- Photo opportunities in the penalty boxes, and alongside the cannon and Zambonis

- Street hockey for kids

- Merchandise and game-used equipment sale

- Silent auction of sports memorabilia benefiting the Blue Jackets Foundation

- Draft Party food and beverage specials


The Blue Jackets currently have the rights to six picks, including one first-round selection (16th overall), at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, to be held at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For more information regarding the NHL Entry Draft, Draft Party details or Select-A-Seat Open House opportunities, visit

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