My next stop on my week of hockey related travels took me to Sunrise, Florida to attend the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft – from the desert to the coast!  The Draft, which can give teams (and their fans) looking for a fresh start, possibly just that and thus ending the anonymity of some of hockey’s fresh faces, was hosted by the Florida Panthers in the BB&T Center.

This years first pick was the property of the Edmonton Oilers and to no one’s surprise they selected Connor McDavid – who many hail the next Sidney Crosby, not to mention the unveiling of the team’s new third throwback style sweaters.  Round one of the Draft was full of seeing teenager’s dreams come true, trades, and rumors with all the NHL decision-makers strategically placed and present on a single arena floor – all set to music meticulously chosen to play off of each team’s name.

NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman drops the puck to start the 2015 NHL Draft

NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman drops the puck to start the 2015 NHL Draft

As a continued effort on the part of the League’s commitment to preserve and support the local environments of host cities for NHL events, NHL Green announced a legacy tree project in cooperation with the Florida Panthers Foundation.  The NHL is donating 30 trees to represent each Club’s commitment to sustainability.  This years project will plant mature hardwoods and sabal palms, reminiscent of those featured on the Florida Panthers jersey shoulder patch.

Other auxiliary events at the 2015 NHL Draft included a Fan Fest with family-friendly activities, a NHL Draft Trading Card Show with special presentations and player appearances and an appearance by the most famous trophy in all of professional sports, the Stanley Cup.  The Stanley Cup had as busy a travel schedule as I did over this past week.

Prior to attending the first round of the NHL Draft, I attended a hockey career conference that featured notable speakers such as Ken Holland, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings and EJ Hradek from NHL Live, to name a couple.  Since this was a networking conference in Florida with a dress code of business casual and I was trying to streamline my packing for the week, I again went with the color orange to keep accessories at bay.

NHL Draft fashion

NHL Draft fashion

I chose a vintage structured linen dress with a belt that was from a former women’s clothing company, Gantos.  I kept the rest of my look simple.  The footwear I chose were tan, leather sandals from Talbots and in my work bag I carried my wicker clutch purse from Kate Spade.  For jewelry I went with my gold Nixon watch, a vintage gold bangle and a woven gold link and orange silk bracelet from BCBG Max Azria.  My gold chain necklace was also from Anthropologie and I finished the look with a staple – simple diamond stud earrings from a local jewelry store.

Kristen is currently an Account Executive with the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club (AHL). She just completed her M.S. in the "Sport Venue and Event Management" program at Syracuse University. Previous to this venture, Kristen completed her undergraduate degree at the State University of Oswego in Public Relations, with a brief stint in Broadcasting, both with a sports emphasis. Another passion that Kristen has is fashion. She spent several years working in the retail management industry, most recently with Anthropologie.

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