The National Hockey League announced Tuesday that the 2017 NHL Awards will return to Las Vegas and include the NHL Expansion Draft in a two-hour television program.
The 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft will celebrate the League’s top talent from the 2016-17 season and reveal the initial roster of the League’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights on June 21 at T-Mobile Arena.
The awards will be televised live in the United States on NBCSN and in Canada on Sportsnet at 5 p.m. As part of the program, the Golden Knights’ 30 selections in the NHL Expansion Draft will be revealed, providing the home fans –- and national viewing audience –- the opportunity to learn the initial composition of the team’s roster.
The show will highlight team Majority Owner Bill Foley, General Manager George McPhee, Head Coach Gerard Gallant, as well as select players chosen by the Golden Knights, who begin NHL play in 2017-18.
The 2017 NHL Awards will again honor the top individual regular-season performances in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). The Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.
The 2017 NHL Awards marks the eighth time the League will honor the best hockey players in the world and top performances of the season in Las Vegas, and the first time that T-Mobile Arena will host the NHL Award™. Other Las Vegas venues that have hosted include the Palms Hotel (2009-2011), Encore at Wynn Las Vegas (2012, 2014), MGM Grand (2015) and The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (2016). Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will serve as NHL Headquarters during the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft.
Information on an exclusive ticket pre-sale for Vegas Golden Knights season-ticket holders will be sent by the club in the coming days. This opportunity is for tickets to the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public beginning on May 3 at 10 a.m.