NHL draft going Hollywood

Los Angeles will host the 2010 NHL entry draft for the first time when the league convenes at the Staples Center on June 25-26.

Los Angeles will host the NHL entry draft for the first time in 2010.

Reports surfaced a month ago that Los Angeles would be chosen as the host city and an NHL spokesman confirmed Friday that a deal was done. The draft will be held June 25-26 at the Staples Center.

"It has been terrific to watch the continuing evolution of the Los Angeles Kings, as well as the growth of hockey in the state of California," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "With local youth programs producing an increasing number of elite players, we are extremely pleased to bring this showcase event to California for the first time."

The league's draft has rotated between different cities for more than 20 years. It was held at the Bell Centre in Montreal in 2009.

The NHL will again hold its award show in Las Vegas just before the draft. Los Angeles is a short trip away for those attending both events.

Plymouth Whalers centre Tyler Seguin was rated as the top OHL prospect in preliminary rankings released by NHL central scouting last month. Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires, long considered the No. 1 prospect for the 2010 draft, was ranked second.