The National Hockey League is expected to make a major announcement on Wednesday. but it appears that they have been scooped a day early.
Just moments ago the Vancouver Canucks revealed that they will host a joint press conference with the National Hockey League on Wednesday, February 28th, and that the press conference will come with a major announcement.
However that story has been completed scooped by Sportsnet reporter Irfaan Gaffar who has revealed that the Canucks and the NHL will announce that the 2019 NHL Entry Draft will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This is a monumental announcement for the city of Vancouver and the Canucks organization but it also marks a major moment for fans north of the border who have been snubbed for over a decade when it comes ti the NHL Entry Draft.
The last time the draft was held in a Canadian city was in June of 2009 when the NHL held the draft in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and what a draft that turned out to be. It was a draft that same names like John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane and Brayden Schenn, players who today are still consider some of the very best in the entire NHL.
Since the draft in Montreal the NHL has traveled to California, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, New York, Illinois, Texas, and it even made two stops in Pennsylvania, but not once in 10 years did it make a stop in Canada.
Of course fans in Canada have laid the blame for that squarely at the feet of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman who has always been viewed as a commissioner who has very little concern for the game north of the border. Something tells me he won't be getting any of the credit for bringing it back to Vancouver.