Pittsburgh hosts 2012 NHL Draft No question: Pittsburgh is one great sports town. Sources like Sporting News consistently place Pittsburgh among the top 10 cities for sports. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the most popular website in the National Hockey League. Fox Sports rates PNC Park as the best ballpark in Major League Baseball, and Pittsburgh Steelers fans are ranked among the best football fans nationally. In summer 2012, Pittsburgh again hosts the NHL Draft. The week leading up to the draft will be a celebration of hockey, especially youth hockey, which has blossomed in Western Pennsylvania during the era of Penguins owner and former All-Star, Mario Lemieux.Also in 2012, Pittsburgh hosts the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships (Rounds 2 and 3).We've hosted the MLB All-Star Game, as well as championships as varied as volleyball and fishing. Thanks to Pittsburgh’s supportive community, its world-class facilities and its lasting reputation, more high-profile events will come to our city of champions. For more information, visit www.pittsburgh.com STATS Fun Facts on Frozen Sports: • The NCAA selected the Robert Morris University Colonials to host the 2013 Men’s Frozen Four • The NHL selected Heinz Field as the site for the 2011 Winter Classic. • CONSOL Energy Center is the NHL’s first green hockey arena • Almost 30 ice rinks are within 45 minutes of downtown Pittsburgh. • USA Hockey relocated the America’s Showcase youth tournament to RMU’s Island Sports Center
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