The National Hockey League announced Friday the hosts of the next two NHL Drafts just hours before the 2012 edition at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center began.
The New Jersey Devils will host the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark and the Philadelphia Flyers will host the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Both franchises will be hosting the Draft for the first time and the 2013 Draft will mark the first time the Draft is held in the New York City metropolitan area.
The Penguins are the 2012 host, marking the second time they have hosted the event, which was held in Montreal -- mostly in ballrooms -- from its inception in 1963 until 1985, when 7,000 fans filled the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The Maple Leafs also hosted in 2002. The Canadiens have hosted the draft four more times since 1985.
The Draft has been held in several other NHL markets: Detroit (1987), Bloomington, Minn. (1989), Vancouver (1990, 2006), Buffalo (1991, 1998), Quebec City (1993), Hartford (1994), Edmonton (1995), St. Louis (1996), Pittsburgh (1997, 2012), Boston (1999), Calgary (2000), Sunrise (2001), Nashville (2003), Raleigh (2004), Ottawa (2005, 2008), Columbus (2007), Los Angeles (2010) and St. Paul (2011).
With growth of the Draft during that time, the event's profile has certainly expanded. In both Newark and Philadelphia, club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 10,000 fans and 500 print, television and radio media are expected to attend.
Ticket distribution plans and other details pertaining to the 2013 and 2014 Drafts will be announced at a later date.