The Buffalo Sabres will host the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagara Center. The Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, 2016. NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.
The 2016 event will mark the third time the Sabres and the city of Buffalo host the NHL Draft, and the second time the event will be at the First Niagara Center. The Draft was held at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in 1991, when Eric Lindros was selected first overall. The last time the Draft was in Buffalo, in 1998, Vincent Lecavalier was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Awarding the 2016 National Hockey League Draft to Buffalo honors the passion of its fans for our sport and reflects the commitment of Terry and Kim Pegula to the Sabres and to Buffalo," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We are delighted our fans will have the opportunity to welcome the incoming class of outstanding players at First Niagara Center, which is one of the hockey world's top event destinations."
The Draft offers the opportunity for hockey fans to witness the beginning of the careers of the latest NHL stars. Recent No. 1 overall picks include Alex Ovechkin (Washington, 2004), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2005), Erik Johnson (St. Louis, 2006), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2007), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay, 2008), John Tavares (NY Islanders, 2009), Taylor Hall (Edmonton, 2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton, 2011), Nail Yakupov (Edmonton, 2012), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado, 2013), Aaron Ekblad (Florida, 2014) and Connor McDavid (Edmonton, 2015).
Round 1 begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.
2016 NHL DRAFT FAN FEST™
The Sabres will also host the 2016 NHL Draft Fan Fest™ at Canalside during the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft™ on Friday, June 24 from 4 to 10 p.m. The event is free to the public and will also include a viewing party when the Draft begins at 7 p.m. For more information, please click here.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
For information on parking at First Niagara Center, please visit the First Niagara Center website.
Coors Light Free Rides will be available on the NFTA Metro Rail on Friday, June 24 from 5 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. For detailed route and schedule information, text "FREE RIDES" to 90464.