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The 2020 NHL Draft Will Be Held In Montreal

LAS VEGAS (June 19, 2019) – The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2020 NHL Draft™ at Bell Centre, the National Hockey League, the Canadiens and City of Montreal announced today. The 2020 event will mark the 27th time the City of Montreal will host the NHL Draft, and the first time since 2009. The 2020 NHL Draft will be held over two days – Friday, June 26 (Round 1) and Saturday, June 27 (Rounds 2-7). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

“To think that the NHL Draft started in 1963 as a small gathering at a hotel ballroom in Montreal, makes it all the more exciting to announce that the 2020 edition of the Draft is coming back to its original city, Montreal, in a far grander fashion,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “The NHL Draft has grown into a spectacle befitting our next generation of stars who will walk across the big stage to the next phase of their hockey careers. Montreal is the city where the Draft has been held more times than anywhere else. What a wonderful place for a great celebration of hockey and the players who will shine in our League for years to come.”

“We are very pleased to have been chosen by the League to host this prestigious event,” said France Margaret Bélanger, Executive Vice President, Commercial and Corporate Affairs of the Club de hockey Canadien. “This sign of confidence in our organization and our fans from League management demonstrates that Montreal is, and remains, a top NHL city. For many young hockey players, living this moment at the Bell Centre in Montreal will be an extraordinary experience.”

“Tourisme Montréal is recognized for its collaborative approach. We are very happy to have participated in this major gain for tourism in our beautiful metropolis,” stated Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

The NHL Draft offers the opportunity for hockey fans to witness the beginning of the careers of the latest NHL® stars. Recent No. 1 overall picks include Alex Ovechkin (Washington, 2004), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2005), Erik Johnson (St. Louis, 2006), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2007), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay, 2008), John Tavares (NY Islanders, 2009), Taylor Hall (Edmonton, 2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton, 2011), Nail Yakupov (Edmonton, 2012), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado, 2013), Aaron Ekblad (Florida, 2014), Connor McDavid (Edmonton, 2015), Auston Matthews (Toronto, 2016), Nico Hischier (New Jersey, 2017) and Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo, 2018).

The NHL Draft was conducted in various Montreal hotels, the League office in Montreal, as well as the historic Montreal Forum from 1963-1984. The event was held outside Montreal for the first time at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in 1985. Montreal again hosted the Draft in 1986, 1988, 1992 and 2009. 

Ticket plans, related events and other details pertaining to the 2020 NHL Draft will be announced at a later date. For historical information and past draft selections, visit records.nhl.com. NHL Network and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the 2020 NHL Draft. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, and those looking to join the conversation can use the official hashtag #NHLDraft.

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d ca's avatar

Detroit builds a new arena, is on a border-town, and still has yet to get the NHL All-Star game or a draft. Guess the fizzling plans for the districts is really causing problems with these event bids.

1987 was the last time Detroit hosted one (it was 1980 for an All-Star game).

Posted by d ca on 06/19/19 at 02:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

October 2017,

Once a city gets a new arena, it usually isn’t long before the league holds a major event like an All-Star Game or draft there and Little Caesars Arena should be no different.

“It’s coming,” Bettman said. “It’s a question of timing. I’d like to see the District finished, so that when you bring guests in from all over the world they can see what the entire vision was and how it’s played out. So, whether that’s two, three or four years, when all the construction is done, we will be here with league events, I have no doubt about that.”

more from Dana Wakiji of the Wings site, mostly on how great LCA is.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/19/19 at 02:20 PM ET

d ca's avatar

LCA opened Sept 2017 and the NHL awarded 2020 draft and 2020 All-Star game venues so that’s 3 years already and the construction is no where near finished so that 4th year Buttman spoke about won’t happen either.  But they also need the promise of these venues to spur development that’s the point I am making.

Posted by d ca on 06/19/19 at 03:52 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Agree d ca, I just posted what Bettman said since he says a lot of things that never pan out.

Remember “we are going to do something regarding Gordie Howe” which has yet to happen.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/19/19 at 03:58 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

2021 All Star Game maybe?  I hope at least.

Regarding waiting on the development of the Detroit District:
Look at it this way - the 2017 draft was in Chicago at the United Center.  Anyone who’s been to the UC knows (or at least should know) that you don’t walk around that area unless it’s a game day and you are immediately outside the arena.  Venture west 2+ blocks and you can be in a really sticky situation.  If you are looking for entertainment outside of United Center before/after the daily events, you have to take a bus or taxi, which will take 15+ minutes to get where anything good is going on (depending on the time of day). 

That said, the NHL doesn’t purposefully wait for arena neighborhoods to be completed or safe, and it doesn’t really matter.  The action is within the arena - not in immediately surrounding communities.  If the NHL wanted to do something at LCA, they could and should do it.  But it seems to me they aren’t interested.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/19/19 at 04:12 PM ET

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