Panthers awarded 2015 NHL Entry Draft

The Florida Panthers will host the 2015 NHL Entry Draft at the BB&T Center. The 2001 draft was also held in Florida.

Florida also hosted event in 2001

Ontario Hockey League standout Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters will be eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to be hosted by the Florida Panthers. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The Florida Panthers will host the 2015 NHL Entry Draft at the BB&T Center.

It will be the second time the Panthers and Broward County have hosted the annual event. The 2001 draft was also held in Florida.

"The 2015 NHL Draft will be a spectacular event for this community on a number of levels, bringing significant economic impact and notoriety to Broward County while also giving our fans a glimpse of the future stars of the National Hockey League," Panthers president and CEO Michael R. Yormark said in a statement.

"I'd like to sincerely thank our local hoteliers, local businesses and the CVB for working closely with the NHL to make this incredible event a reality."

The 2014 NHL Draft will be hosted by the Philadelphia Flyers and held June 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center. The 2015 draft will be held June 26-27 of next year.

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