In its third year of existence, the annual Fan Expo has grown in size and scope.
The convention, which kicks off with a daylong panel discussion and a presentation from the NHL’s executive committee, is scheduled to take place on Friday, Feb. 6 in Washington, D.T. The theme for the month-long event is “The Future of Hockey,” which will feature an interactive panel discussion on the future of hockey, the NHLPA, and the NHL.
“Fan Expo is a wonderful way to get a broad look at the sport and the game in a way that’s not as much of a convention as it might be at other times,” said Rob Blake, general manager of the National Hockey League Players Association.
“The fact that we have this conference and the players association are on hand for this kind of thing, it’s really important.
It’s really about how can we help the game grow in this country and how can our fans help grow the game.
We’re really excited about that.”
The annual convention will be held in the historic Capitol Visitor Complex, which has been used by the league since its founding in 1905.
The NHLPA is in the process of building its own home in the building, with the league’s executive board currently working on a lease for a 10,000-square-foot space.
The building, which was the site of the previous Fan Expo, will also serve as the team’s office, as well as the league offices, team store and the office of the player relations department.
“We’re really honored and grateful for the support of the players,” said Bob Murray, NHLPA president and CEO.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to really work with the players on their business strategy, their financial goals, their plans to improve the game, their marketing, their operations, their community outreach.
This is an opportunity to really help grow this game in this city and to make sure we’re investing in our teams, our league and our communities and really giving back to the game that we love.”