The 13th Annual Let’s Play Hockey International Expo returns to the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on January 17-18, 2011. This is the only industry show in the world for ice and inline hockey, figure skating, broomball, lacrosse and arena design and development. For 13 years the focus on the show has been to make products and product knowledge available to retailers both small and large.
Over 100 companies will be displaying their latest products for the buyers from hockey retail stores, figure skating pro shops and arena personnel. Dozens of new companies will be displaying their products designed for the dealer to achieve attractive new profits margins. In addition to the two day Expo, the NSGA will release additional details on the Hockey Dealers Association. Plus, ten long time sales reps and ten long time dealers will be honored for their outstanding support and dedication to the industries and the Let’s Play Hockey International Table Hockey Championships will crown a new champion.
USARS, USA Roller Sports, the National Governing body for inline hockey in the United States including AAU hockey, a grass roots program featuring 5,000 registered players in many states, will hold several meetings at the Expo. The AIHL organizations from California to New York will hold their annual meetings during the show. In addition, USARS will host Team USA meetings and conduct national coaches and referee seminars.
With the ever changing landscape of the sporting goods market, the Expo has become a source for the industry to keep an open dialogue for the manufacturers with the retailers who are the backbone of these sports. It is important to have face to face time during these economic times.