The 2017 NHL Fan Fair gets underway Thursday in Los Angeles and collecting will be part of the focus.
The league’s three-day event takes place at the 250,000 square-foot space at the LA Convention Center January 26-28. It includes a small card show, autograph sessions, collecting-related activities and promotions at Upper Deck’s booth and a display of historic hockey memorabilia.
As is often the case at fan festivals sponsored by pro sports leagues, exact details on some events aren’t in abundance but if you collect cards or memorabilia or enjoy playing interactive games, there should be enough to keep you entertained.
Upper Deck is the league’s trading card partner and sponsor of the Upper Deck Trading Card Zone, which will offer redemption programs, prizes, the chance to make your own card and other activities. It’ll be located near the Collector’s Zone where hockey cards and related items will be for sale. You can learn more about what they’ve got planned here.
Topps will be giving out limited-edition posters of NHL players selected for the All-Star Game as well as code cards to unlock free prizes in the Topps NHL Skate digital trading card app.
Not many details on the autograph sessions have been released but we know Luc Robitaille and Rogie Vachon will sign Thursday evening and Taylor Hall on Saturday. Current and former NHL players and hockey insiders will also share insights and take questions during Q&A sessions inside the NHL Fan Fair Theater.
NHL Auctions will have a presence at the event, giving collectors and fans the chance to check out some of the jerseys, pucks and other items up for bid.
There will be an innovative museum truck with 1,000 square feet of historical memorabilia and interactive digital displays, an entertainment truck with giant video screens showcasing some of the most memorable moments in League history, and a one-of-a-kind virtual reality Zamboni game.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will have a special exhibit featuring “The Los Angeles Kings and the History of Hockey in Southern California.”
Fans and collectors will also be able to have their photo taken with the Stanley Cup. You’ll probably want the NHL Fan Fair Pass to schedule a time for a photo with the Cup and participate in games and activities where prizes will be awarded. Fans can visit NHL.com/FanFairPass to sign up.
The NHL Merchandise Store will be set up on site with Discover card holders eligible for 10% discounts.
If you’re into physical activities, there are several including your chance to test your hockey skills in the NHL All-Star Skills Zone.
Tickets to the 2017 NHL Fan Fair can be purchased online at NHL.com/FanFair or at the STAPLES Center box office during published event hours. Tickets are $20 for adults (ages 12 and up), and $15 for children between the ages of 3 and 12, seniors 65 and older, and college students and military personnel with valid ID.
Hours are 5 – 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. More details are available here.