New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL announced that the Florida Panthers will host the 2015 NHL Draft from June 26 to 27 at the BB&T Center.
The 2015 event will mark the second time that the Panthers host the NHL Draft. They also played host of the 2001 NHL Draft, where Ilya Kovalchuk was selected first overall. The arena was also the home of the 2003 NHL All-Star Game.
“The draft is where the future of the NHL begins to take shape, and the BB&T Center is an ideal setting in which to enjoy the excitement as we welcome our next generation of stars,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization we are thrilled and honored to welcome the NHL Draft back to the BB&T Center and Broward County,” said Panthers president/CEO Michael Yormark.
“The 2015 NHL Draft will be a spectacular event for this community on a number of levels, bringing significant economic impact and notoriety to Broward County while also giving our fans a glimpse of the future stars of the National Hockey League,” he added.
Nicki Grossman, President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the community will earn $10 million from the draft.
The 2014 draft, scheduled for June 27-28, will be hosted by the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.