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Panini America On Location: Putting a Nail in Night One of the 2012 NHL Draft

June 23, 2012

PITTSBURGH In what’s becoming an annual tradition, Panini America officials spent another late first night at the NHL Draft. This year, Panini America captured photos and autographs from a talented young group of hopefuls at the CONSOL Energy Center as the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted Round One of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Company officials spent quality time with several young prospects and future NHL superstars Friday night, including No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov as well as Ryan Murray, Alex Galchenyuk and Griffin Reihnart. Players signed autographs and took photos for their first trading cards (released as soon as they skate in an NHL game) and we, of course, gathered great content for The Knight’s Lance.

Stay tuned in the coming days as we’ll post behind-the-scenes footage right here, including an exclusive interview with Yakupov and Murray. We’ll also give a few lucky hockey collectors some sweet mementos from this weekend’s events.

And now, a few images from Friday night’s opening round.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Don White permalink
    June 23, 2012 1:14 am

    Sweet looking pic’s and look forward to the trading cards for their upcoming rookie cards.

  2. Matt Gilman permalink
    June 23, 2012 4:24 am

    Awesome..awesome…awesome coverage as always! Can’t wait to see the interview and more pics!

  3. June 23, 2012 9:24 am

    Awesome, awesome. Can’t wait to see what Nail can do for the Oilers. Also Derrick Pouliot after watching him play for the Winterhawks.

  4. Brad H permalink
    June 23, 2012 9:45 am

    Loved the redemption set last night at the draft…..pulled some great cards in the packs I had to buy to get the redemption sets too!

  5. Jeff K permalink
    June 24, 2012 12:59 am

    Pens cleaned up in the first round… But I cant wait to see what Gaunce can do!

  6. Thomas Y permalink
    June 24, 2012 8:24 am

    Great picks/pics – can’t wait to see what these boys can do… and what their rookie cards will look like.

  7. Brad R. permalink
    June 25, 2012 10:04 am

    Love the photoshoot pics. Are the jerseys in these Panini photoshoots provided by the respective teams, or Panini? I was surprised to see Teuvo Teravainen in the Blackhawks alternate jersey on this webpage, everything else I saw of his draft day pics was the Hawks home red. The Hawks didn’t wear alternate jerseys in the 2011-12 season, I have no idea if they retired them for just a season, or when/if they plan to bring them back.


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