Actor Will Arnett will host the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Arnett, 45, has appeared at the awards show before, but this will be his first time hosting the ceremony.
Actor Will Arnett has been tagged by the NHL to host the 2016 award show that will be broadcast live from Las Vegas’ The Joint, an entertainment venue at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on June 22. No word on whether he’ll be wearing $5,000 suit.
Arnett, 45, is best known for his work in the series Arrested Development, where he played G.O.B. Bluth, as well as the recently released series Flaked, in which he stars. Arnett takes over the duties from Rob Riggle, who hosted last year’s show. Other guests, presenters and musical acts have not yet been named, though it’d be fitting were the NHL to land 1980s pop group Europe to play ‘The Final Countdown.’
The actor already stated that the hosting duty was an honor for him, a Toronto native, to host the award show. Arnett, who’s frequently spotted at Los Angeles Kings games, has made his Toronto Maple Leafs fandom evident in the past, including a short comedy skit taped with members of the Maple Leafs in 2014, and quipped that he was upset his hosting duties would get in the way of him earning the Lady Byng Trophy, but added he’s glad this is his year to host because the Maple Leafs Stanley Cup parade would get in the way next season.
“I’m excited to host the 2016 NHL Awards because we all know in 2017 I’ll be too busy celebrating the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup,” Arnett told NHL.com.
Arnett has made an appearance at the awards before, making light of then-Department of Player Safety lead disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
The NHL said they’re looking forward to bringing Arnett into the fold and returning to Vegas for the show.
“The end of June marks a special time on the NHL calendar for our players and their families, fans, partners as well as our Clubs,” said NHL executive vice president and executive producer programming and creative development Steve Mayer. “By adding the talents of Will Arnett and a new, exciting setting at the The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, the League hopes to make this year’s show the best one ever.”
Beginning Wednesday, the league will announce finalists for the awards, starting with the Vezina Trophy. The NHL will rundown the finalists for each award in the days following, with the final announcement coming with the Hart Trophy finalists on May 7.
This could be the final time the award show is hosted in Las Vegas before the city lands its own team. The NHL is expected to make its official decision on expansion before the June draft, which opens June 24.