Friday, June 22, 2012

NHL draft coming to Philadelphia in 2014

After a tour through the beautiful landscapes of Northern Jersey next June, the NHL Entry Draft will find a home in Philadelphia in 2014.

The National Hockey League made the announcement hours before the draft was set to begin in Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center.

"We are truly excited to host the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Wells Fargo Center," said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. "This is further testament that Philadelphia truly is a hockey town. We just hosted a wonderful Winter Classic last season and, in addition to hosting the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, we soon will be preparing to also host the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four at Wells Fargo Center. What a thrill for not just hockey fans in our region, but for the entire City of Philadelphia. We would like to thank the NHL for selecting Philadelphia as the host city for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft."

It will mark the first time in draft history the event will be held in the Quaker City. It will be the cap to the Flyers' 47th year of existence.

Montreal has the distinction of hosting the draft the most times in league annals, doing so every year from 1963-84, 1986, 1988, 1992 and 2009.
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