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Montreal to host 2020 NHL draft

The Bell Centre, which is home to the Habs, will stage the two-day event June 26-27, 2020.
The Bell Centre, which is home to the Habs, will stage the two-day event June 26-27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2020 NHL draft.

The NHL announced Wednesday the Bell Centre will stage the two-day event June 26-27, 2020.

It marks the second year in a row the draft will be held in Canada. This year’s draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver.

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The draft returns to Montreal for the first time since 2009 when current Toronto Maple Leafs star John Tavares was picked first overall by the New York Islanders.

The first-ever NHL draft was held in Montreal in 1963.

“To think that the NHL draft started in 1963 as a small gathering at a hotel ballroom in Montreal, makes it all the more exciting to announce that the 2020 edition of the draft is coming back to its original city, Montreal, in a far grander fashion,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

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