Report: Pittsburgh likely to host 2012 NHL Entry Draft Staff

8/8/2011 10:40:33 AM

Although there has been no official announcement yet, it appears the NHL Entry Draft will be held in Pittsburgh next summer.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, organizers of an annual event that was to be held in Pittsburgh near the end of June were asked to move the date up one week to accomodate a "rare opportunity" for the city to host another event.

The NHL Entry Draft would likely be held at the Consol Energy Center on the weekend of June 22-24.

Anthrocon 2012 is an annual event for furries or mascots that announced the change of schedule on their website.

"Anthrocon 2012 will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, from June 14 to June 17, 2012. Please note that this is one week earlier than was previously announced!

"Pittsburgh has been given a very rare opportunity to host an event that they have been wanting to host for many years.  The only trouble was that the proposed event (and we won't say what it is until it is officially announced) would lie in part over Anthrocon's planned weekend.  The City approached Anthrocon very deferentially and asked us if we would consider moving our 2012 convention just one week earlier to help them realize their collective dream."

The Penguins have applied to host the event in 2012 but have not been informed of any decision by the league as of yet.

"We have submitted our application to the league," Penguins vice president of communications Tom McMillan told the Tribune Review. "We're hopeful. But we haven't been awarded anything yet."

The Tampa Bay Lightning are also trying to land the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.