BOCA RATON, Fla. – In a conversation with Puck Daddy at the league general managers meetings about the upcoming NHL Awards, chief content officer Steve Mayer mentioned that the NHL will look to televise both the awards and the announcement of the expansion roster of the Vegas Golden Knights around same timeframe in Las Vegas.
It’s currently unclear which television partner the NHL will use for the expansion draft. The league also could not give a definitive location on where in Las Vegas the announcement of players picked by the Golden Knights will take place.
The draft is set up to where all 30 other NHL teams must submit their list of protected players by 5 p.m. eastern on June 17. Then Vegas will submit their expansion draft selections by 5 p.m. eastern on June 20. The picks will then be made public on June 21.
The decision for the league to televise the draft and bundle it with the awards in Las Vegas is important for the visibility of the Vegas franchise and big for the NHL as it becomes the first major pro sports league to enter the market.
The NHL has been holding its annual awards show in Las Vegas since 2009. Last summer before the awards, the league announced the Vegas Golden Knights would begin play in 2017-18.
Vegas is the first team to enter the NHL since the 2000-01 season when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild became member clubs.
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