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NHL Touts Green for Tonight's Draft at Staples Center

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, June 25, 2010, at 11:29AM
Staples Center Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The National Hockey League will kick off its first draft in the state of California this evening, as the Edmonton Oilers make their first selection inside Staples Center.

In a release on its NHL Green blog, the league this week touted the green features of the event. A focus is put on recycling and cutting down on paper use. All signage and billboards are made of 100% recycled materials, says the league, and media guides were distributed only electronically. Prepared food that goes unsold will be donated to the Midnight Mission.

The L.A. Live complex generates the league's biggest green win. "Since a majority of the fuel emissions associated with the Draft result from transportation," says the release, "the proximity of headquarters hotels and associated events to STAPLES Center is critical."

That centralization was the big theme being touted by L.A. Live developer AEG earlier this month in talking about the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. "This might be the first time in the history of the NBA All-Star Game where everything is self-contained in a 100-acre campus," CEO Tim Leiweke said. He believes his company is close to a multi-year deal to bring the NBA draft to Los Angeles.

For the NHL draft, league offices and the media room are located at the new JW Marriott, and the league says that 60 percent of team and league personnel are staying at hotels within walking distance of the complex. Draft events are taking place on Nokia Plaza and the Target Terrace.

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