Originally written on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Even though it hasn’t been officially announced (supposed to be tomorrow) the NHL will be holding the 2012 draft in Pittsburgh this year.    The draft will take place on June 22-23 which will probably be a couple weeks after the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.  Of course I’m being optimistic, I always assume we’ll win.   Pittsburgh won out over a bid from Tampa Bay.  The Consol Energy Center will be the actual location of the draft but the Penguins will plan a multitude of events surrounding the draft like they did for the Winter Classic last year.  According to the Tribune Review the financial gain for the city of Pittsburgh could be great, Minnesota who hosted the 2011 draft estimated approximately $10 million dollars worth of money came into the city because of the event.  The last time Pittsburgh hosted the draft was in 1997 at the Civic Arena.

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