Some one-of-a-kind autographed prints featuring hockey’s top draftees is heading for display–and then to the auction block.
A collection of framed and autographed prints of former overall #1 draft picks has been made available for auction, through a donation by Energizer Canada.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hockey Fights Cancer. Bidding and payment will be managed exclusively by NHL Auctions. Canadians will have the opportunity to bid on these items beginning June 23 on-line through NHL Auctions website.
Officially billed as "NHL 1st Selections of Draft: A Retrospective" the gallery will be on display on the concourse of the Bell Centre in Montreal, the home the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, throughout the event on Friday, June 26 and Saturday June 27. The on-site collection will feature up to 18 original prints, including hockey legends that were First-Overall Selections from the past four decades.
"Energizer felt that hosting a photo gallery would be really strong attraction within the 2009 NHL Entry Draft" remarked Louise Della Fortuna, Brand Manager at Energizer Canada Inc.
"This helps complete the fan experience, and showcases the incredible talent that has been produced by the NHL Entry Draft over the years, all for a good cause," added Laurel Walzak NHL’s Director of business development.
"This is a very special collection of prints of some of the great NHL players who have been drafted first overall over the years," said Kevin Lovitt, NHLPA Director of Corporate Sponsorships. "The future looks bright with many talented young players to be selected in this year’s draft."