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We're inviting you to experience the excitement around the first-round of the 2012 NHL Draft by watching it with players and fellow fans at Nationwide Arena for a Draft party on Friday, June 22. ADMISSION IS FREE and all ages are welcome. The first 500 fans to enter will receive a free T-shirt, and free parking is available in the garage attached to Nationwide Arena.

The party starts at 6 p.m. on the floor of Nationwide Arena with live Draft coverage from Pittsburgh, PA set to begin at 7 p.m. In conjunction with the NBC Sports Network telecast shown on the video scoreboard, team broadcasters George Matthews and Bill Davidge, alongside Blue Jackets Radio Network host Mark Wyant, will anchor the radio broadcast live on ESPN 1460 starting at 7 p.m. In addition, Jeff Rimer and Bob McElligott will contribute analysis and interviews direct from the Draft in Pittsburgh.

The festivities will be headlined by the appearances of R.J. Umberger, James Wisniewski and Cam Atkinson who will be on hand to sign autographs and join kids for street hockey. Participating players will be named at a later date. Also that evening, fans can check out available seat locations for ticket plans starting at less than $15 per game for the 2012-2013 season and talk to ticket representatives.

ADDITIONAL FAN ACTIVITIES DURING THE DRAFT PARTY INCLUDE:

• Tours of the Blue Jackets locker room

• Street hockey and bounce house on the arena floor for kids

• Photo opportunities in the penalty boxes and alongside the cannon and Zamboni® Ice Resurfacing Machine

• Game used equipment and merchandise sale including 2013 NHL All-Star Game merchandise

• Draft party food and beverage specials

Your Blue Jackets currently have the rights to 8 picks (with an option for an additional pick), including the second selection, at the 2012 NHL Draft, to be held at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

MORE INFO

• FREE PARKING at attached lot -- say "I'm here for the Draft Party"

• Player Autograph Schedule: R.J. Umberger (6:15 p.m.) / Cam Atkinson (7:15 p.m.) / James Wisniewski (8:15 p.m.)

FAN GUIDE

• Player autographs will take place on the arena floor

• The FS Ohio Blue Line will be open on the arena floor

Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, Jacket Backers, FS Ohio, Arch City Army, and Scioto Downs will be in attendance with tables on the arena floor

• Concessions will be open on the arena floor

Come out to Nationwide Arena on June 22nd to carry the flag, and witness history alongside the rest of the CBJ community!

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