Konica Minolta Signs on as Official Sponsor of the 2010 NHL® Entry Draft

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High-Volume Print Systems to Meet Document Imaging Needs at 48th Annual NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles on June 25-26, 2010

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The NHL Entry Draft is a significant event in our calendar year, one that is rich in history and tradition as the League's future stars are officially welcomed into the NHL family

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that the company is an Official Sponsor and the Official Office Systems Provider of the 2010 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. The 48th Annual NHL® Entry Draft is taking place on June 25-26, 2010 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, home arena to the Los Angeles Kings®.

The NHL Entry Draft, which began in 1969, allows each franchise of the NHL to select the rights to available ice hockey players meeting eligibility requirements to enter the league for the first time from junior, collegiate or European leagues. The Entry Draft is a nationally televised event attended by top amateur prospects and their families, as well as coaching and management staff for each of the NHL franchises.

"The NHL Entry Draft is a significant event in our calendar year, one that is rich in history and tradition as the League's future stars are officially welcomed into the NHL family," said Kyle McMann, Director Integrated Marketing, NHL. “We are pleased to partner with Konica Minolta for this event and welcome them as an Official Sponsor and the Official Office Systems Provider of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft."

Konica Minolta will provide high- and mid-volume print systems to the floor of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft so that each franchise has the ability to print information from their location at the event. This ability not only makes it convenient for the participating teams, but also helps reduce print volume in support of the NHL’s green initiatives.

“Extending our sports marketing initiatives to include the NHL and the 2010 Entry Draft is an exciting opportunity and one that we are pleased to be a part of,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “As an official sponsor of this event, Konica Minolta is able to reach our customers on a new level and further increase the brand awareness of our imaging and networking technologies. We remain committed to ensuring that all customers across a broad range of industries can count on Konica Minolta for all their digital imaging needs.”

The first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place on Friday, June 25, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN in Canada. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 1 p.m. ET on NHL Network in the U.S. and TSN in Canada.

NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks and the NHL Entry Draft logo is a trademark of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. All Rights Reserved.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. For the third consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. For more information, please visit http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook and Twitter.

About NHL
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other major professional sport. The NHL entertains more than 250 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, ESPN America, ASN and NHL Network™) and radio (NHL Radio™, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada). Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer™ and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.

Konica Minolta Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000

NHL Contact
Erica Berkovich
National Hockey League
+1 212.789.2157

Konica Minolta is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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