Los Angeles Kings beat reporter Rich Hammond reported that the NHL has notified team officials that the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will be held in Los Angeles June 25-26. More here: http://lakingsinsider.com/?p=938 (With h/t to Jimmy Murphy at NESN.com)
This is good news, as the instability in Phoenix (the preferred draft destination) finally forced the league to make the call. Normally, we know several years in advance where the draft will take place, and while Scottsdale, Arizona would have been nice, L.A. is a nice secondary option and will make for a fun trip.
I'm hoping that the NHL will elect to hold the '11 draft in Washington, D.C. The Capitals are a hot draw and the Verizon Center is downtown, a stone's throw from Chinatown and would be a great place for draft fans to congregate before and after the lottery. (Not to mention that with four picks in the first two rounds in '11, Bruins fans could make the trip to Washington much easier than most other NHL cities). For now, however, it's a West Coast show and I'm looking very much forward to attending and spending more than a few hours in Los Angeles.
Medicine Hat Tigers forward Emerson Etem is an L.A. native and told the Red Line Report that the '10 draft in his hometown would be "a dream," so it looks like dreams do come true.