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Nashville to Host 2023 NHL Awards, NHL Draft

The Nashville Predators will host the 2023 NHL Draft at Bridgestone Arena over two days.

The National Hockey League have officially announced that the 2023 NHL Awards and the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft will both be held in Nashville in June 2023.

This will be the first time both events will be held in the same city since 2006, when the NHL Awards and the NHL Draft were both held in Vancouver.

The 2023 NHL Awards will be held on Monday, June 26. The awards honor the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy).

The Ted Lindsay Award will also be awarded; the award is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA).

The Nashville Predators will host the 2023 NHL Draft at Bridgestone Arena over two days. The first round will be held Wednesday, June 28, and will be televised on ESPN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Rounds 2 through 7 will be held Thursday, June 29. Television information will be announced when available.

NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be on the NHL Draft floor selecting the future stars of their franchises, while thousands of fans and media members are expected to attend.

This will be the second time the Predators will host the NHL Draft and marks the 20-year anniversary of the 2003 NHL Draft, which was also held at Bridgestone Arena (then known as Gaylord Entertainment Center).

“We are thrilled to bring two of our marquee events – the 2023 NHL Awards and the 2023 NHL Draft – to Nashville, a special city that certainly knows how to throw a great party,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “From the 2003 NHL Draft to the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final to the 2022 NHL Stadium Series game, the city, the Predators organization and the Country Music community have overwhelmed the NHL with their welcome and support every time Nashville has hosted a League event. We cannot wait to return next June to celebrate the stars of our game and introduce the next generation of NHL Players.”

Information on ticket plans, related events and other details will be announced at a later date. Fans can sign up for news and information on all of the NHL’s events at



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.