Philadelphia to host NHL draft in 2014

Posted: June 25, 2012

PITTSBURGH - The Flyers will host the 2014 NHL entry draft at the Wells Fargo Center, the league announced Friday.

It is the first time the draft will be held in Philadelphia.

"We are truly excited to host the 2014 National Hockey League entry draft at the Wells Fargo Center," Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko said in a statement. "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."

The league also announced that New Jersey will host the 2013 draft.

The draft was first held in a Montreal hotel ballroom in 1963. It remained at various locations in Montreal until 1985, when it was held in Toronto. It has been held in a variety of NHL cities since.

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