Vegas to host NHL Expansion Draft
(WGR 550) - The NHL Expansion Draft and Awards are going to be a double event. The league sent out this statement:
The 2017 NHL Award will return to Las Vegas and include the NHL Expansion Draft in a two-hour television program. The 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft will celebrate the league’s top talent from the 2016-17 season and reveal the initial roster of the League’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, June 21 at T-Mobile Arena.
Televised live on NBCSN at 8:00, the 2017 NHL Award will showcase hockey and Hollywood’s biggest stars with the excitement and energy that only Las Vegas can provide. As part of the program, the Golden Knights’ 30 selections in the NHL Expansion Draft will be revealed, providing the home fans – and national viewing audience – the opportunity to learn the initial composition of the team’s roster. The show will highlight team Majority Owner Bill Foley, General Manager George McPhee, Head Coach Gerard Gallant, as well as select players chosen by the Golden Knights, who begin NHL play in 2017-18.
The 2017 NHL Awards will again honor the top individual regular-season performances in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). The Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.
“We are thrilled to be in Las Vegas again for the NHL Awards,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. “To be able to pair this perennial show with the excitement of the Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights is a unique event that we think our fans will greatly enjoy.”
The 2017 NHL Awards marks the eighth time the League will honor the best hockey players in the world and top performances of the season in Las Vegas.
“June 21 will be an incredible day for the city of Las Vegas and our fans,” said Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley. “The anticipation around the Expansion Draft has been building for months and that excitement will continue to grow as we get closer to Draft Day. By combining the draft with the NHL Awards, Golden Knights fans will get to experience a monumental day in our team’s history while enjoying one of the premier NHL events that features the game’s biggest stars.”
“During the 2017 NHL Awards, Las Vegas will celebrate the NHL’s top players and teams, and for the first time the destination will be represented by our new home team, the Vegas Golden Knights,” said Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Las Vegas and the NHL are a winning combination, and we look forward to kicking off the Golden Knights’ highly anticipated first season.”
Finalists for each award will be announced beginning Wednesday, April 19 with nominees for each award revealed daily. Following is the schedule of nominee announcements. Please note that all announcement dates are subject to change.
Wednesday, April 19
Selke Trophy (forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)
Thursday, April 20
Calder Trophy (top rookie)
Friday, April 21
Norris Trophy (top defenseman)
Saturday, April 22
Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)
Sunday, April 23
Lady Byng Trophy (player best combining sportsmanship and ability)
Monday, April 24
Masterton Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey)
Tuesday, April 25
NHL Foundation Player Award (community service)
Wednesday, April 26
Jack Adams Award (top head coach)
Thursday, April 27
Mark Messier Leadership Award
Monday, May 1
Hart Trophy (most valuable player to his team)
Tuesday, May 2
Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by the Players)
The 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season concluded with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby claiming his second career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals winning his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.