NHL picks Buffalo as host of 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL announced that the 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine will be held at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo.

This marks the first time that the event will be held in the United States. Since its inception in 1999, the Combine had been held in Toronto.

Supervised by NHL Central Scouting, the Combine brings approximately 100 top prospects for the draft into one place for interviews with NHL teams as well as medical and physical testing.

The 2014 Combine featured 119 prospects taking part in five days of interviews and medical exams held at the Westin Bristol Place hotel, followed by fitness testing held nearby at The International Centre.

“The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our member clubs in advance of the draft, which continues to grow in importance,” said Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL Hockey Operations.

“The League has pushed to improve the combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media,” he added.

Among those expected to take part in the 2015 combine are Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and center Jack Eichel, who will be a freshman at Boston University this season. They are expected to be the top two picks of the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held at BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers.

HarborCenter will open in the fall adjacent to First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres. It features two full-size NHL ice rinks, a Marriott hotel plus restaurant and retail outlets.

“We’ve had our eye on hosting the combine for quite some time and we are thrilled that it will be coming to Buffalo,” Sabres president Ted Black said.

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