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Major announcement tomorrow in Pittsburgh

Consol Energy Center

This just in from the NHL’s PR department. There’s going to be a “major announcement” tomorrow afternoon in Pittsburgh.

WHAT: NHL Special Event Press Conference and Media Availability

WHEN: Thursday, October 27 3:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: CONSOL Energy Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WHO: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

Pittsburgh Penguins President David Morehouse

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero

WHY: According to reports, the 2012 NHL draft will be held in Pittsburgh.

The last time the city hosted the draft was in 1997, when Joe Thornton went first overall to the Bruins. Other notables that were called to the stage at the Igloo were Patrick Marleau, Olli Jokinen, Roberto Luongo, Marian Hossa and Brenden Morrow.

The steal of the 1997 draft? With the 156th selection, the Sabres took defenseman Brian Campbell, after which absolutely nobody said, “I bet you someday he’ll sign a $56.8-million contract.”