National Hockey League draft to be held in Vancouver

National Hockey League draft to be held in Vancouver”

Fans of the Vancouver Canucks will get a close-up view of the team's rebuilding process if reports prove true that the team will play host to the National Hockey League entry draft in June 2019. The last Canadian city to host the event was Montreal, in 2009. The two-day event will be June 21-22 at Rogers Arena.

He noted the economic impact for Vancouver could be $8M-$10M, said top prospects will conduct clinics and other activities around the city during the week leading up the draft.

Additional details about the 2019 NHL Draft will be announced at a later date. "With the World Junior Hockey Championships, the NHL Entry Draft and the launch of Vancouver's 50th season in the NHL, it will be a very exciting time for hockey fans in British Columbia. Our goal is to build a young, fast team that can compete for a championship again". In 1990, the Canucks, selecting second overall, tabbed Czech forward Petr Nedved from the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.

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Michael Grabner (centre) poses for a photo with Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis (left) and Steve Tambellini after the Canucks selected Grabner with the 14th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, June 24, 2006.

While the 2018 draft is expected to be an off-year, scouts and journalists alike are pointing to the 2019 class as being far deeper than the picks who will be chosen this summer in Dallas.

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