Courtesy of NHL.com
The much-anticipated results of the Draft Lottery that will determine the Order of Selection for the 2005 Entry Draft will be televised live on Friday, July 22 at 4 p.m., (ET). The Lottery will decide which NHL club will receive the first overall selection and the opportunity to select mega prospect Sidney Crosby at next week's Draft.
TSN, the League's Canadian cable partner, will produce and televise the special half-hour show. RDS, the NHL's exclusive French-language partner, and the NHL Network also will telecast the draft drawing to the rest of Canada. In the U.S., ESPN News will carry national coverage and regional sports networks Altitude (Denver), Comcast Sports Net (Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia) and Madison Square Garden (New York) will telecast in their respective viewing areas. For cyber fans around the world, the drama will unfold live on NHL.com, AOL com and MSN.com.
Following the NHL Board of Governors meeting in New York to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Commissioner Gary Bettman will reveal the order of selection one team at a time, from the 30th spot to the first, as the entire hockey world waits to see which club gets a shot at the teen-age phenomenon at the 2005 Entry Draft in Ottawa July 30.
This marks the first time in the history of the NHL's Entry Draft that each club will have a chance to select first overall. Crosby, from Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, has rewritten the record books in the Quebec Major Junior League as a member of the Rimouski Oceanic, and is considered one of the most highly regarded NHL prospects ever.