Gary Bettman praises Philly prior to NHL draft

Gary Bettman Gary Bettman will bring the NHL draft to Philadelphia this summer.
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman visited Philadelphia for the Rangers-Flyers playoff game Tuesday, and took some time to discuss the upcoming NHL draft which will take place at the Wells Fargo Center.

“Philadelphia, from the outset, has always been a terrific hockey town,” Bettman said.

Bettman cited over 14,000 kids playing on more than 50 rinks in the greater Philadelphia area, crediting Flyers owner Ed Snider for his commitment to making Philadelphia an area that loves its hockey.

“When you look at the entry of youngsters, our new players, the future of the League coming into the draft, what better place than Philadelphia?” Bettman said. “What better place than this magnificent building? And quite frankly, with the hockey enthusiasm here, and the ability to hold major events in Philadelphia, we thought it was a natural fit.”

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