This will be the first time that the NHL Entry Draft is to be held in Los Angeles.
“This is a very exciting and this is a very special announcement,” said Kings President of Business Operations, Luc Robitaille. “The Draft is the place so many young players in our sport begin their professional careers and next summer the future of the NHL will be on display in Los Angeles. It is also another example that Los Angeles is a thriving hockey market with knowledgeable fans.”
“It has been terrific to watch the continuing evolution of the Los Angeles Kings, as well as the growth of hockey in the state of California,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “With local youth programs producing an increasing number of elite players, we are extremely pleased to bring this showcase event to California for the first time.”
“The Los Angeles Kings organization would like to thank NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, John Collins, Don Renzulli and the entire National Hockey League for awarding the Kings, Staples Center and the City of Los Angeles this prestigious event,” said Kings Governor Tim Leiweke. “The fact that the Draft will be at Staples Center and at LA Live next June is very special to us as our team has been built largely through the draft and our patience is being rewarded right now.”
“We are excited that the NHL Draft is the first of many League Drafts that LA expects to host in the future,” added Leiweke.
“With the draft being here in LA next summer, maybe we can find another Luc Robitaille,” said Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
First priority for all Draft ticketing at Staples Center for June 25 and 26 will be given to Kings full season ticket members and STAPLES Center premier seat and suite holders. For official Draft ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA or register for official Draft ticket information by clicking on: LA Kings Ticket Inquiry.
The first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place on Friday, June 25, beginning at 4:00 PM PDT. On Saturday, the draft concludes with rounds two-seven.
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