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Nashville to host 2023 NHL Awards, draft

Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Joakim Kemell shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected as the No. 17 overall pick to the Nashville Predators in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Nashville Predators will host the 2023 NHL Awards and draft at Bridgestone Arena, the league announced Thursday.

This marks the first time that the two events will be conducted in the same city since both were held in Vancouver in 2006.

The 2023 NHL Awards will be held on June 26, with the draft conducted on June 28-29.

Nashville, which previously served as the site of 2003 NHL Draft, is hosting the awards show for the first time.

“We are thrilled to bring two of our marquee events, the 2023 NHL Awards and the 2023 NHL Draft, to Nashville, a special city that certainly knows how to throw a great party,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

“From the 2003 NHL Draft to the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final to the 2022 NHL Stadium Series game, the city, the Predators organization and the country music community have overwhelmed the NHL with their welcome and support every time Nashville has hosted a League event. We cannot wait to return next June to celebrate the stars of our game and introduce the next generation of NHL players.”

–Field Level Media