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Blue Jackets prep for expansion draft, lament playoff loss to champion Penguins

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) skates with the puck against Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle (83) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

COLUMBUS -- A big week upcoming for the Columbus Blue Jackets

In celebration of the four Blue Jackets that have been named finalists for five individual NHL honors, the club is inviting fans to The Bluestone (583 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215) for a party to watch the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday, June 21. The televised event will celebrate the league's top talent from the 2016-17 season and reveal the initial roster of the League's 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

Doors at The Bluestone will open at 7 p.m. acccording to the team with live coverage from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Blue Jackets forwards Boone Jenner and Oliver Bjorkstrand will join fans at The Bluestone, while CBJ finalists representing the club in Las Vegas include Sergei Bobrovsky (Vezina Trophy - top goaltender; Hart Trophy - most valuable to his team), Nick Foligno (Mark Messier Leadership Award), Zach Werenski (Calder Memorial Trophy - most outstanding rookie) and John Tortorella (Jack Adams Award - coach of the year).

Tickets to the viewing party are available now. General admission tickets are free, but limited, and all ages are welcome. VIP tickets are $10 and include guaranteed entry into the event, one paid drink ticket, a limited-edition commemorative print and automatic entry into the raffle for the Las Vegas trip. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. Orders are limited to six tickets per transaction

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