Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was the star of the 2007 NHL awards show. ((Frank Gunn/Canadian Press))

Montreal will host the NHL's entry draft in June 2009 as part of the Canadiens' 100th anniversary festivities.

The league announced the event at a media conference Saturday afternoon.

Montreal's Bell Centre has already been named the site of the 2009 NHL all-star game, which will take place in January in the middle of the Canadiens' centennial season.

This year's NHL entry draft will take place at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place from June 20-21.

Canadiens officials have also asked for an outdoor game to be played during the winter of 2009, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly was non-commital.

The league is already looking at an outdoor game somewhere in the U.S. next year, including a possible encounter at Yankee Stadium in New York.

"It's not something we want to overdo," Daly said. "We want to keep it special."