The 2023 draft in Nashville

The 2023 draft in Nashville

The city of Nashville and the Predators will host the National Hockey League (NHL) draft and trophy presentation next June, the Bettman Tour announced Thursday.

Players nominated for regular season honors and hockey’s best prospects will parade at the Bridgestone Arena on June 28th and 29th, respectively. The amphitheater, then known as the Gaylord Entertainment Center, was also used for the 2003 amateur auction.

“We are extremely excited to host both of these big nights — the 2023 Trophy Show and the 2023 NHL Draft — in Nashville, a special city that knows how to throw big parties,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement, in which he the 2016 All-Star Weekend, the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2022 Stadium Series game.

It’s the first time the two events will be held at the same venue since 2006 when the Vancouver Canucks hosted them.

The Montreal Canadiens hosted the recent NHL draft at the Bell Center.