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Philadelphia to host 2014 NHL Draft

Jun 30, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

2014 NHL Draft - Philly

Next year’s NHL Draft will make its home in the city of brotherly love.

The NHL announced the 2014 NHL Draft will take place in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on June 27 and 28. This marks the first time the draft will take place in Philly and, obviously, the first time at the arena. With this year’s draft taking place in Newark, NJ the event moves essentially down the road to Eastern Pennsylvania.

The draft returns to being a two-day affair next season thanks to the new CBA being agreed to. This year’s even was forced to all occur in one day thanks to the lockout that wiped out half the season. The tightened schedule forced all seven rounds to happen on one day.

Next year’s event will kick off with the first-round taking place Friday night the 27th with rounds 2-7 happening Saturday afternoon on the 28th.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Nice, I’m definitely gonna try and be there.

    • killerpgh - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      I went last year when it was in Pgh. I definitely recommend going. There is so much going on other than the draft around the arena. The Stanley Cup is there along with every other NHL trophy. Most of the prospect are just wlking around the arena before/after they get picked just like everyone else and they are all on cloud 9 after being drafted and 99% of them will shake your hand and have a quick conversation.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Oh look the City of Losers gets to host the Draft too bad they won’t be hosting a Stanley Cup parade anytime soon

    • laxman1944 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      WOW…….AWESOME BURN….YOU RULE!!!!!!

      Should have worked in……..”They Boo Santa Claus”………NOW that would have made you rule even more.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    May have to make this my first Draft viewing in person.

  4. kicksave1980 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Anyone in Philadelphia (or within driving distance), its well worth your time to go. I’ve been to two drafts (STL 96, Columbus 07), and had a ton of fun each time. You’ll be walking down the sidewalk, and Cam Neely, Al MacInnis, or Scotty Bowman might walk by, and at these events, they’re always good to take a photo or sign something. No telling who you’ll run into. The NHL and host cities always do a great job with this event…there’s always something going on.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Did the Flyers make a 3rd rd selection?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Nvm. There was a delay on the ticker.

  6. wingslax35 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Eff off Sissy Crosby fan.

  7. orangeandblack67 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    There is always one penguin troll spouting off at the mouth on a flyers thread. Last I checked the Pens and the Flyers both came up empty this year.

  8. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    I think it would be pretty fun to attend, especially if they have a bunch of picks stockpiled. I’d go.

  9. Stiller43 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Well since they’ll no doubt have a top 5 pick, it should be very exciting there!
    ;)

  10. jimw81 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    sweet,we get to boo bettman

  11. jacketsfan7 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    ^^^^ haha

  12. laxman1944 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Stockpile more talent

    Sounds good

    See Chicago /Boston /Pittsburgh to name a few

  13. sizzle299 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Can anyone tell me why the draft had to be a single day due to the lockout? Why should it matter at this point? Since the article opens the door on this by pointing it out and then referencing the return to the two day draft next year, where is the explanation?

    • jimw81 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      it was because of the lockout. calendar wasnt in their favor. teams have to buyout players by 5pm on 4 of July and get ready to make questionable overpaying signings starting on friday.

  14. jakreidler - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    They should bring it to Detroit whenever Joe Louis Arena’s last year is.

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