Draft lottery gets TV time

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Television viewers will be among the big winners in the NHL's draft lottery Friday afternoon.

Okay, so maybe they won't reap the same riches of whichever lucky team lands the privilege of selecting first in the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes. But at least those at home will be able to click on TSN at 4 p.m. that day and watch the event, which originally was not slated to be televised.

"With hockey being back I felt it was imperative to have a live lottery," Crosby's agent Pat Brisson said last night. "It's a key in efforts to market the game again."

While the actual draw will have already been completed, fans can witness the unveiling of the order from No. 30 down to the coveted No. 1. Crosby will be linked up via satellite from his Cole Harbour, N.S. home.

The draft will take place July 30 in Ottawa.

DRAFT DODGERS

Because the public won't be able to attend the actual draft at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa in 10 days, it appears the nation's capital is in line to host the event again down the road. When asked about holding a draft open to the public at Corel Centre, Mlakar said in a statement via e-mail to the Ottawa Sun: "With only 10 days to host a major event of this magnitude (after the CBA was agreed to in principle and subject to ratification), Gary Bettman and I -- along with his executives responsible for implementing such a large event -- knew it would be impossible on such short notice. (Bettman) has assured me that Ottawa will get a future draft and enjoy all functions that surround such a major event."


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