The Vancouver Canucks and the National Hockey League unveiled the 2019 NHL Draft logo on Tuesday.
Unlike the last time the Canucks hosted the draft, the logo doesn’t look like it belongs on a beer can. The blue, green, and silver logo features the Vancouver city skyline set against a mountain backdrop.
— NHL (@NHL) December 11, 2018
The Canucks are the 2019 host of the NHL Draft, scheduled for Rogers Arena in June. The first round will take place in the evening on Friday, June 21, while rounds two to seven take place beginning in the morning of Saturday, June 22.
Vancouver has hosted the NHL Draft twice before, in 1990 and 2006.
The Quebec Nordiques picked Owen Nolan first overall at the 1990 NHL Draft held at BC Place. The Canucks had the second selection that season, with GM Pat Quinn picking Petr Nedved.
Vancouver also picked Jiri Slegr (second round) and Gino Odjick (fifth round) that year.
Future Hall of Famers Jaromir Jagr (fifth overall to Pittsburgh) and Martin Brodeur (20th overall to New Jersey) also entered the league in Vancouver. Other big names selected include Keith Tkachuk, Doug Weight, Peter Bondra, Sergei Zubov, Keith Primeau, among others.
St Louis picked defenceman Erik Johnson first overall at the 2006 draft held at Rogers Arena (it was called General Motors Place back then). Canucks GM Dave Nonis picked Michael Grabner with the 14th selection in a draft that also included Jonathan Toews, Phil Kessel, Brad Marchand, Nicklas Backstrom, Claude Giroux, and Milan Lucic.
The top prospect for the 2019 draft is currently American centre Jack Hughes, the brother of the Canucks’ first-round pick last year, Quinn Hughes.
- The St Louis Blues are a mess after getting blown out by Canucks
- Canucks' Pettersson named the NHL's First Star of the Week
- Former Canucks defenceman Bieksa preps for Spengler Cup with WHL team