CHICAGO, IL—On Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, the 2017 NHL Draft will be held at the United Center, the home of the Chicago Blackhawks.
This year marks the first time in NHL history that the Blackhawks and the city of Chicago will host the draft. In attendance will be NHL executives, scouts, and coaches (on the draft floor) in addition to over 15,000 expected fans and various national television, radio, and print media.
The event will feature the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, a traveling organization which commemorates the NHL from its debut in 1917 to the present. Participants receive the opportunity to explore a 53-foot museum truck, which features approximately 1,000 feet of hands-on digital displays, original video content, historical memorabilia, photo moments, and a wall of social media.
At this year’s draft, the truck will be customized to showcase components of Blackhawks history. Additional experiences sponsored by the organization include a video truck, which broadcasts team highlights and trivia questions, a pop-up ball hockey rink for youth, and the opportunity for fans to race one another in mini Zamboni ice resurfacers to create the “perfect sheet of ice.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to take photos with the Stanley Cup from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 23 and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 24.
On June 7, the Blackhawks will air a mini TV series called “On the Clock” which fans will be able to access on chicagoblackhawks.com and the team’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Produced in partnership with Banner Collective, the four-part series will take viewers “behind the scenes” as the team prepares to host the 2017 draft and showcase the process of selecting future players.
“We are excited to take fans behind closed doors and show them everything that goes into evaluating talent and forming the draft list,” said Adam Kempenaar, Senior Executive Director of Digital Content on the team’s website.