The 2022-23 NHL season is one month in, and there are already some big stories to happen. The New Jersey Devils are off to a red-hot start and sitting atop the Metropolitan Division. The Boston Bruins are nearly unstoppable at home at the TD Garden. Connor McDavid is once again making his case to win the Hart Trophy for the third time in his career.
When it comes to the NHL, it’s always worth checking out a game live, whether it’s a home game or an away game. But there are also some league events during the calendar year that fans should consider planning a vacation around to travel to.
Here are three NHL events that are worth traveling to.
3. NHL Draft
There’s nothing like attending the draft of a professional sports league. The NHL Draft is no different.
Each year, the NHL Draft is held at the home arena of one of the league’s 32 teams. All members of the front office are located at specific tables in the middle of the arena floor, where they navigate their draft boards and make phone calls to other teams regarding potential trades. then, there are the actual top prospects who are sitting in the stands, waiting for their names to be called.
If you’re a fan of an NHL team, you are going to be heavily invested to see which prospect they will select. Plus, you get to see who gets selected with the No. 1 overall pick.
The environment is phenomenal. If you need further proof, take a look at the 2022 NHL Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens held the first overall pick and announced it in their home arena, the Bell Center. The reaction of the entire arena when Montreal selected Juraj Slafkovsky was loud, and it’s worth rewatching on YouTube.
If the NHL Draft is in an area near you, or if your favorite team is in a position to select one of the top players in the class, we recommend taking a trip to experience it live.