The Florida Panthers will be hosting the 2015 NHL Entry Draft at the BB&T Center in the heart of Sunrise, Florida.
According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, the NHL granted Florida the 2015 draft as part of an agreement that involved Broward Countiy footing the bill for the BB&T Center’s new state of the art scoreboard that was unveiled prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.
The last time that Florida hosted a draft was in 2001 when the hockey world flocked to Sunrise and the BB&T Center – then known as the National Car Rental Center. A draft highlighted by forwards Ilya Kovalchuk (1st overall) and Jason Spezza (2nd overall), the Panthers selected forward Stephen Weiss with the fourth overall selection that year.
Weiss would go on to play eleven seasons with the Panthers and set several team records before signing as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings this past offseason.
The acquisition of the 2015 NHL Draft will be officially announced by the team tomorrow.