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by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames

Being at the NHL Draft is definitely a unique experience. Every time you turn your head there is a recognizable face.

Standing in our hotel lobby yesterday, I glanced around to see the logos of various NHL teams stitched on golf shirts everywhere. A second peek at the owners of the golf attire and I was usually looking at a very familiar face.

Barry Trotz, Doug Weight, Bryan Berard, Dean Chenowth and Craig Conroy just within eyes view. Upon further investigation of the room I notice more but I can't place the names.

Walking through downtown Pittsburgh it becomes more apparent that the NHL has taken over at members of NHL clubs are littered throughout.

The Flames digital team took a break last night and attended the Pirates-Twins contest at PNC Park. The NHL presence at the ball park was also obvious with the sight of several prospects and team representatives. As the memorable moment where the 2012 NHL's number one overall pick nears, the excitement builds. And you can feel it. Those same familiar faces will all be in one place tonight as history is made.

If you are a hockey fan or a fan of the NHL, this is the place to be. The biggest off-ice event of the summer brings out the anticipation and optimism of every NHL fan and I'm soaking in every minute of it.

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