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NHL To Hold 2010 Entry Draft In City Steeped In Hockey Tradition: Los Angeles

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Buffalo, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit…Los Angeles?

Joining the above cities that have previously received such an honor, it has been announced that L.A. will host its first NHL entry draft when it is held June 25th and 26th at the Staples Center.

Round 1 will be broadcast live on June 25 by Versus, as well as NHL Radio, beginning at 7 p.m. EDT. The NHL Network will carry rounds 2-7 beginning at 1 p.m. on June 26.

The draft has rotated between different cities for more than 20 years. It was held at the Bell Centre in Montreal last June.

To be fair, the Los Angeles Kings have been in existence since 1967, five years before the Calgary Flames began playing – and they were in Atlanta then. And the Kings have had some great years, including this season, where they have started off 17-10-2 and only trail the Sharks by 7 points in the Pacific Division. I only mean to imply that there are far more deserving cities before Los Angeles should get their turn. St. Paul comes to mind. Philadelphia hasn’t even held an entry draft yet. Because let’s be honest, half the residents of Los Angeles probably think Wayne Gretzky still plays for the Kings, let alone if they are even aware the Kings play in L.A.

Another bold move by the best Commissioner in sports, Gary Bettman. I heard next year he’s going to try to hold it in Mexico City. ¬°Ay, ay, ay, no es bueno!

NHL to hold 2010 draft in Los Angeles [NHL.com/AP]