Friday October 10th, 2014

Buffalo will host the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, according to a report in the Buffalo News Friday.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will travel to Buffalo on Monday to meet with city leaders, including mayor Byron Brown. According to the News, Bettman will announce during the visit that Buffalo's First Niagara Center will host the 2016 draft.

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There was originally a report that Buffalo would also host the 2017 NHL All-Star game, but the report has now been declared inaccurate

Earlier this year, it was announced that Buffalo will host the NHL's 2015 and 2016 pre-draft combines. The combine is expected to be held in Buffalo's new HarborCenter multi-use complex, which is owned by the Sabres.

The 2016 draft will be held in First Niagara Center, where the Sabres play. 

Philadelphia hosted the most recent NHL draft. Buffalo has not hosted an NHL draft since 1998. 

- Will Green

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