Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
June 13, 2008 12:07 ET
Senators/City of Ottawa Prepare to Welcome 2008 NHL Entry Draft
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - In conjunction with the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators and the city of Ottawa are preparing to host the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20 and 21. A number of unique events will take place in the lead up to the first overall selection being made by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday evening.
NHL SET-UP OF SCOTIABANK PLACE - The NHL will begin load-in for the 2008 draft on Monday, June 16, when more than 170 banners and signs are hung in and around Scotiabank Place. The arena floor will begin to take shape on Tuesday when team tables, the draft stage, media and broadcast risers, and the draft wall will be installed. Broadcast trucks will begin to arrive on Thursday before all lighting and sound checks take place later in the day. The local economy is expected to receive a significant boost as thousands of out-of-town guests, team personnel, prospects and their families make their way to Ottawa next week. In addition, the city will be the focus of the hockey world as more than 300 national and international members of the media are scheduled to attend. The 30 NHL teams will select 211 players over the two-day period.
SCOTIABANK DINNER BEHIND THE BENCH (sold out) - The week's events get underway on Wednesday, June 18, with the Scotiabank Dinner Behind the Bench, presented by the Ottawa Citizen, at the Brookstreet Hotel. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the death of former Senators assistant coach Roger Neilson, the National Hockey League Coaches' Association, the NHL and the Sens Foundation have joined forces to host the inaugural Scotiabank Dinner Behind the Bench. The sold-out event will raise funds in support of Roger's House.
NHL TOP PROSPECTS EVENTS - The annual Top Prospects Clinic, presented by McDonald's, will take place at the Bell Sensplex Mattamy Homes Arena from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. Steven Stamkos, Zach Bogosian, Drew Doughty, Tyler Myers, Luke Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo will be joined by Senators forward Shean Donovan and defenceman Chris Phillips, when they take to the ice. Pre-selected Young players selected from the Ottawa area will learn from NHL stars of today and tomorrow. The top prospects clinic will take place after a top prospects media luncheon at the Ottawa Marriott hotel from noon to 1:30 p.m. The prospects will begin their day by attending a student assembly at Trillium Elementary School in Orleans, Ont. Trillium Elementary was randomly selected among ballots received in the Take the Prospects to School contest, presented by the Ottawa Citizen.
NHL COACHES' SEMINAR - The NHL Coaches' Assocation and the Ottawa Senators will present the 2008 NHL Coaches' Seminar, also on June 19, at the University of Ottawa. The clinic runs from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and participants will have the opportunity to watch, listen and learn from some of the best coaching minds the NHL has to offer. All presentations will be made by NHL coaches and will cover topics such as skill development, tactics, strategy and systems play.
COMMISSIONER'S LUNCHEON (sold out) - The 2008 Commissioner's Luncheon, hosted by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, will take place at Scotiabank Place's Club Red (Gate 2) on Friday, June 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sold-out luncheon features an exciting group of hockey panelists, including Senators general manager Bryan Murray, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, St. Louis Blues president John Davidson and player agent Pat Brisson, a former Hull Olympique. The luncheon will be MCed by Senators play-by-play voice Dean Brown and Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Ken Daniels.