The 14th Annual Let’s Play Hockey International Expo

This year’s Let’s Play Hockey International Expo Convention will go on for two days  in the desert of Las Vegas. The convention will run  October the 16th and 17th, which is roughly the same the NHL is expect to kick of the 2011-2012 hockey season. Las Vegas is expecting over 2,000 hockey fanatics to be in attendance. The show ill be held at the Paris Hotel & Casino.

Hockey Convention includes Inline Hockey, Lacrosse, and Figure Skating

The Let’s Play Hockey International Expo convention focuses on not just ice hockey, but inline hockey, lacrosse, and figure skating. The focus of the convention is to promote all sizes of retailers and products.

Eagle, Tour, Vaughn, Sherwood

Some of the biggest names in hockey will be in attendance: Eagle, Tour, Vaughn, and Sherwood. The convention will also feature dozens of new companies all waiting to unveil their new products.

While the convention focuses primarily on the business side of hockey, we at the Las Vegas International Press Club would love to see it promoting hockey in a more general sense as well. Hockey has suffered an unfortunate decline in Vegas of late–we’d love to see that reversed!

Las Vegas Hockey

Years ago, hockey in Las Vegas–roller hockey specifically–was running strong. Most major tournaments made their way into town, with many championship games played in town.

Believe it or not, Las Vegas is actually the perfect place for hockey–especially youth hockey. Young hockey enthusiasts love to travel, play hockey, meet new friends, and hang out with old ones. The love to compete and goof off in hotel hallways playing friendly (sometimes) games of knee hockey with the kids they’ll play real hockey against in the days to come.

But it’s not just the kids who get to come to Vegas for something they love. Las Vegas is full of all types of adult fun for the parents as well.

Will Las Vegas emerge as a viable hockey town again?  Only time will tell. We at the Las Vegas International Press Club remain hopeful.

James Crane

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