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Chicago expected to host 2017 NHL Draft

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will join Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough, former Blackhawks and current Hawks and NBC TV anylist Eddie Olczyk, and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel at a press conference Thursday afternoon, where the league is expected to announce the location of the 2017 NHL Draft, the United Center in Chicago.

The City has held multiple NHL events, starting with the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, one of the 2014 Stadium Series games at Soldier Field, as well as three Stanley Cup Finals series(2010, 2013, 2015). The United Center will also host the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four in 2017. This will be the first time Chicago will host the NHL Draft.

The City of Chicago hosted the 2015 NFL Draft and will host it again in 2016. The city was praised for its job at building what the city and NFL called “Draft Town”. While the NFL draft has been a bigger and more popular event than the NHL, the city seems to have showed the NHL enough to give them a chance to host the leagues own draft.