The Columbus Blue Jackets and National Hockey League unveiled the 2007 NHL Entry Draft logo Saturday night. The logo, which was designed by the NHL, will be the symbol for the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft hosted by the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, June 23, 2007. Merchandise with the Draft logo is now available in the Blue Jackets team store, The Blueline.
In Columbus, NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the Entry Draft floor while over 10,000 fans and more than 500 print, television and radio media also are expected. The Draft is expected to attract approximately 3,000 visitors to the city, accounting for 4,500 room nights and approximately $3 million in visitor spending.
A Top Prospects Preview, which provides hockey fans a glimpse of the young athletes expected to be selected by the 30 NHL clubs, also will be one of the highlight events held in conjunction with the 2007 Entry Draft. A full schedule of events, ticket distribution plans and other details pertaining to the Draft will be announced in the coming months.
The NHL Entry Draft has grown significantly since the first such event was held in a hotel ballroom in Montreal in 1963. After 17 years of being conducted in various Montreal hotels and the League office in that city, the Draft sported a new look as the historic Montreal Forum played host to the event in front of more than 2,000 spectators in 1980.
In 1985, the Entry Draft was held outside Montreal for the first time as a crowd of 7,000 filled the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Since then, the Draft events have been given an enthusiastic welcome in other cities across North America, including Detroit (1987), Bloomington, Minn. (1989), Vancouver (1990, 2006), Buffalo (1991 and 1998), Quebec City (1993), Hartford (1994), Edmonton (1995), St. Louis (1996), Pittsburgh (1997), Boston (1999), Calgary (2000), Sunrise, Fla. (2001), Toronto (2002), Nashville, Tenn. (2003), Raleigh, N.C. (2004) and Ottawa (2005).