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NHL Will Televise Expansion Draft Unveil

After this pesky 30 team hockey season going on right now comes to a close, the eyes of the hockey universe will all be focused on Las Vegas.

The Expansion Draft takes place from June 18th to the 20th with the unveiling of the rosters on the 21st. The NHL Awards show is expected to be the same day, and finally we’ve got some clarity on how the NHL plans on showing the world the 30 players George McPhee selected in the Expansion Draft.

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 Las Vegas. It’s currently unclear, which television partner the NHL will use for the expansion draft. –Josh Cooper, Puck Daddy

Before you jump down anyone’s throat saying, “they should televise the draft itself!” read this, then come back and finish this article.

It is a step in the right direction that the league has confirmed it will indeed show the reveal of the picks, hopefully on NBC or at least NBCSN.

The Creator has said on multiple occasions that the Expansion Draft reveal will be at T-Mobile Arena, will be open to the public, and he wants to announce a pick once every five minutes. With the event being on TV, they’ll likely have to speed it up a bit, but it should be a memorable event no matter how it actually goes down. The Creator has even gone as far as saying he expects the building to be at max capacity, which would be amazing.

The Golden Knights are expected to unveil their jerseys at the Expansion Draft reveal as well.

As for the NHL Awards Show, we have multiple sources who have told us the preliminary plans are to hold it at The Park Theater right next door to T-Mobile Arena. Previous Awards shows have been at the Hard Rock, Wynn, and Palms, but there’s no denying now that MGM has a theatre the correct size (around 4,000), they’ll want to keep the NHL’s events all in the family.

The news of televising the reveal isn’t surprising in the least, but with the recent revelations of the league considering not making the protection lists public during the Expansion Draft, we’ve learned not to take anything for granted.

So, good job NHL on televising the reveal. For sure change your mind on the protection lists though, and also let’s try and put the reveal on TV somewhere people will actually watch it, and by that I mean not NHL Network.

Predicting Award Winners And When Vegas Wins Each Trophy

On Wednesday the NHL will host its annual awards show in which they hand out the league’s most coveted trophies to the best of the best hockey players in the world.

Of course, here in Vegas we are slightly more concerned about a certain announcement expected to come slightly prior to the Awards, but we thought we’d have some fun with it any way.

Right now every trophy, including the Stanley Cup (limited hours) are on display at in and around the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel. In honor of the world’s coolest trophy collection gracing our fine city we are going to predict each 2015-16 winner and then tell you when you can expect each trophy to call Las Vegas home in the future.

NHL General Manager of the Year Award
2016 – Jim Rutherford
Vegas Projection – 2018

Drafting in an expansion draft seems really tough to me. You have a list of players that are sorta tainted, even though they aren’t. It’s like day old bread, yeah it’s fine but I’m going to think before buying it. The Las Vegas GM should be applauded for any roster he puts together. And if the team competes, polish the award and hand it to Vegas.

Mark Messier Leadership Award
2016 – Jonathan Tavares
Vegas Projection – 2019

I’m giving the Vegas Captain two seasons and he’ll win the Jennings award. This is an award that players work hard for, on and off the ice. Once Las Vegas’ Captain meets up with Opportunity Village, hob nobs with Monday’s Dark, and visits all other Las Vegas charities he’ll move to the front of the line. It’ll be easy for players to get involved and give back to the community because there’s no other sports figures in town doing it.

NHL Foundation Player Award (We Literally Have No Clue What This Is Actually Awarded For)
2016 – Matt Martin
Vegas Projection – 2021

This is awarded to “an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community. So pretty much the last one, but somehow different. We’ll take it down in 2021. Why not.

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NHL Awards At Hard Rock On June 22 Made Official

After months of unnecessary secrecy the cat is now officially out of the bag. The NHL will once again host it’s annual awards show in Las Vegas. This year it’ll be at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Wednesday June 22nd.

Can we get a little corporate speak to get us all pumped up for the event?

The end of June marks a special time on the NHL calendar for our players and their families, fans, partners as well as our Clubs. The League hopes to make this year’s show the best one ever. -Steve Mayer, NHL VP of Programming and Creative Development

Magician Gob Bluth (more commonly referred to as Canadian actor Will Arnett) will host the event. Look how funny he is!

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NHL Awards To Be Held On June 22nd At Hard Rock Las Vegas

For the eighth straight year the NHL Awards Show will be held in Las Vegas.

The Hard Rock Hotel will host the league’s annual gathering of its best players on June 22 at The Joint. The NHL confirmed Monday the site and date. -Steve Carp, LVRJ

It’s long been discussed that the Awards Show will be the perfect spot for the league to finally announce expansion to Las Vegas. However, I’ve been pretty firm in my stance that the league will make an announcement prior to the awards and will use the show in Vegas as a big gala to celebrate the new franchise.

My theory is the league will have a press conference “later this week” to announce the Awards Show and will use the same presser to have The Creator on the stage and deliver the good news we’ve all been waiting for.

The reason they would want to do this is simple. The NHL Awards on their own are not a huge media draw across the league. Outlets from around the country (and Canada) send reporters, but it’s not the massive gathering the league would love for the announcement of an expansion team. If they announce the announcement the NHL Awards in Vegas will be a madhouse for sports media and the NHL will have the opportunity to properly spotlight it’s 31st franchise rather than sort of springing it upon us all like most suspect.

If my suspicions hold true, there will be an announcement later this week. If not, the league will simply release the details of the NHL Awards, and the waiting game will continue.

EDIT: SinBin.vegas has reached out to the league and they would not confirm any details on the Awards. We will have much more on this when we receive more information from the league.

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