The draft parties, presented by Molson, Team 1200 Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, CJRC Radio and Le Droit, are set to run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature prizes, interactive games, a visit by Spartacat (Local Heroes location only), the Senators Power Patrol and the Molson extreme team. It will also include a special live draft day broadcast on TEAM 1200 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., hosted by Senators broadcaster Gord Wilson at Local Heroes, and a live broadcast on CJRC from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., hosted by Nicolas St-Pierre at Boston Pizza.
With broadcast coverage of the entry draft starting at 7 p.m. on TSN and RDS, guests attending the free parties will also be able to participate in ‘Hot Stove’ panel discussions with Chris Kelly (Local Heroes) and Alexandre Picard (Boston Pizza), Sens alumni, broadcasters and other hockey personalities, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Leading up to the event, Senators fans are invited to fill out ballots to win dinner in a VIP area with the Sens players at each Senators draft party. In Ottawa, five winners will be selected from ballots available at all Local Heroes restaurants, in the Ottawa Citizen and by listening to Team 1200 radio. In Gatineau, five winners will be chosen from ballots available at Boston Pizza, in Le Droit and by listening to CJRC radio. Visit www.ottawasenators.com for full contest and party details.
Prizes to be won during the draft parties include a private suite for the Senators 2009-10 regular-season opening night game, signed team merchandise and two golf packages, including a Nike golf bag, a Sens golf shirt and golf balls.
Sens fans will be able to follow live updates directly from the draft table in Montreal via the new Sens official Twitter feed, which can be found at http://twitter.com/NHL_Sens.
The Senators hold the ninth overall pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Since Ottawa’s first entry draft in 1992, 152 players have been selected by the Senators – 51 of those players have gone on to play at least one game for Ottawa.