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Pre-NHL Draft: Scenes from the Bell Centre

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LIVE FROM MONTREAL CANADA!

SB NATION brings you a photojournalism look at pre-draft look.

Autograph seekers are manning the barricades outside of the hotels. What is your estimate of the elapsed time until they appear on Ebay?

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They track down Evander Kane as he exits the building

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Only something as hopefilled as the NHL Draft could induce love between a Rangers fan and a Canadiens fan (Note the shock and horror from the Panthers fan).

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The staff at the Bell Centre goes all out in preparation for the big day. Montreal legend Howie Morenz even gets his bronze "parts"...uh..."waxed"...in the morning.

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Inside we see the Interview Row. Hopefull the Thrashers placement between two well drafting franchise like the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres is an omen of good luck today.

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The view from my goalie crease press row seat.

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Looks like some Fraco-phone rearranged the letters on the NHL crest well Gary Bettman stepped out. (in my 20+ years of following the NHL this is the first time I can remember ever seeing this.)

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And the most important chart in the building right now, waiting to be filled out.

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