The 2005 NHL Entry Draft, held on July 30 in Ottawa, is the 42nd anniversary of an event that has grown from a small gathering of hockey executives to a spectacle anticipated by hundreds of thousands of hockey fans throughout the world.
"I'm trying to work out a system whereby all amateur players who will attain their 17th birthdays before August of each year will be available for drafting by NHL teams in the reverse order of the standing," said NHL President Clarence Campbell during the 1962-63 season. "We're ultimately hopeful it will produce a uniform opportunity for each team to acquire a star player."
The end result was the establishment of the NHL's Amateur Draft.
The first NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on June 5, 1963. All amateur players, 17 years of age and older who were not already sponsored by an NHL club, were eligible to be drafted. Garry Monahan, a center from the St. Michael's Juveniles of Toronto, was selected first overall by the Montreal Canadiens.
The 1969 Draft marked the first year that the effects of NHL amateur sponsorship would not be seen, as every junior of qualifying age (20-years) was available for selection. Eighty-four players were selected that year, more than four times the average number of players chosen in each of the first six years of the Draft.
Entry Draft Replaces the Amateur DraftIn 1979, the name of the Draft was changed from "Amateur" to "Entry" to reflect the inclusion of young players eligible for selection who had played professionally in the now-defunct World Hockey Association.
Draft EligibilityBeginning with the 1980 Entry Draft and continuing today, all 18, 19 and 20-year old North American and non-North American born players have been eligible to be drafted. In addition, non-North American players aged 21-years or older are eligible for claim. From 1987 to 1991, the selection of 18 and 19-year-old players was restricted to the first three rounds of the draft, unless the player met qualifying criteria that dealt with hockey experience in major junior, U.S. college and high school or European hockey. Starting with the 1992 Draft, those players were available in all rounds.
The first Draft held outside Montreal was in 1985, when the Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosted the event attended by 7,000 fans.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio-Canada provided the first live network television coverage in both English and French in 1984, coverage in the United States was first provided by SportsChannel America in 1989.
This year's Entry Draft will be seen in Canada on TSN and in the United States on ESPN2.
French-language television coverage will be provided this year by Reseau des Sports (RDS).
|NHL AMATEUR AND ENTRY DRAFT HISTORY
|2007||Nationwide Arena, Columbus||June 22-23||211|
|2006||GM Place, Vancouver||June 24||213|
|2005||Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa||July 30||230|
|2004||RBC Center, Raleigh, NC||June 26-27||291|
|2003||Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville||June 21-22||292|
|2002||Air Canada Centre, Toronto||June 22-23||291|
|2001||National Car Rental Center, Sunrise, FL||June 23-24||289|
|2000||Saddledome, Calgary||June 24-25||293|
|1999||FleetCenter, Boston||June 26||272|
|1998||Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo||June 27||258|
|1997||Civic Arena, Pittsburgh||June 21||246|
|1996||Kiel Center, St. Louis||June 22||241|
|1995||Edmonton Coliseum||July 28||234|
|1994||Hartford Civic Center||June 28-29||286|
|1993||Le Colisee, Quebec||June 26||286|
|1992||Montreal Forum||June 20||264|
|1991||Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo||June 22||264|
|1990||B.C. Place, Vancouver||June 16||250|
|1989||Met Sports Center, Bloomington||June 17||252|
|1988||Montreal Forum||June 11||252|
|1987||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit||June 13||252|
|1986||Montreal Forum||June 21||252|
|1985||Toronto Convention Centre||June 15||252|
|1984||Montreal Forum||June 9||250|
|1983||Montreal Forum||June 8||242|
|1982||Montreal Forum||June 9||252|
|1981||Montreal Forum||June 10||211|
|1980||Montreal Forum||June 11||210|
|1979||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||August 9||126|
|1978||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 15||234|
|1977||NHL Montreal Office||June 14||185|
|1976||NHL Montreal Office||June 1||135|
|1975||NHL Montreal Office||June 3||217|
|1974||NHL Montreal Office||May 28||247|
|1973||Mount Royal Hotel, Montreal||May 15||168|
|1972||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 8||152|
|1971||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 10||117|
|1970||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 11||115|
|1969||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 12||84|
|1968||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 13||24|
|1967||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 7||18|
|1966||Mount Royal Hotel, Montreal||April 25||24|
|1965||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||April 27||11|
|1964||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 11||24|
|1963||Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal||June 5||21|