Chicago to host 2017 NHL draft at United Center

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Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings chase the puck next to goalie Jonathan Quick #32 in the second period of the NHL game at the United Center on November 2, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The Windy City is becoming Draft Town. Again.

Already the host city for the NFL draft in 2015 and again this spring, Chicago will be the site of the 2017 NHL draft, according to a report by’s Pierre LeBrun. The NHL and the Blackhawks have a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the United Center.

The draft is typically held in late June.

This would be the first time Chicago has played host to the NHL draft. Last year, it was held in Sunrise, Fla., where the Edmonton Oilers made Connor McDavid the No. 1 overall pick.

The draft originated in 1963 and was held in Montreal until 1985, when it took place in Toronto. From that point on, the draft has rotated from city to city.

–Chicago Tribune reporting

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