The Chicago Blackhawks will play host to its first NHL Draft in 2017.
National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement alongside Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz, president and CEO John McDonough, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Blackhawks alumnus and TV analyst Eddie Olczyk at United Center on Thursday.
The draft is scheduled to take place June 23-24, 2017.
“The energy and passion Chicago has for the Blackhawks makes United Center the ideal setting for the 2017 NHL Draft,” Bettman said, according to NHL.com. “The draft will be one of the central moments of our centennial, and the NHL family is looking forward to bringing this signature event to Chicago for the first time.”
Chicago has hosted has hosted three Stanley Cup finals, a Winter Classic and a Stadium Series game in the last eight years.
It has never held the NHL Draft.
The 2016 NHL Draft will be held by Buffalo on June 24-25.