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The Ottawa Convention Centre will be plenty busy in late January.

NHLfanfair

It was announced on the Ottawa Senators team website that Scotiabank and the National Hockey League will bring the Fan Fair to the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend. This doesn't prove to be any groundbreaking news, as many thought they would mirror the events of the 2011 All-Star weekend. From the official release:

As part of Scotiabank’s commitment to serving hockey fans of all ages, the 2012 Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair™ will offer three days of family-friendly interactive games and attractions, special appearances, trophy and memorabilia displays, live TV and radio broadcasts, music, food and dozens of other dynamic activities.

The NHL fan fair is the place to be for any hockey fan. If we can recall, the 2011 Fan Fair in Carolina was quite memorable than most since the league decided to hold the All-Star draft amongst the rest of the displays. The television draft special gave North American fans a glimpse of what the fan fair had to offer - from shooting zones, wall-to-wall graphics, signing sessions, and much more.

I would also imagine that as we get closer to the date, the NHL will confirm that they will repeat the All-Star Draft team selection process. Once the fan voting is over and the full player pool is selected, they will move forward with setting up the event. The 2011 All-Star game was the first time they attempt a player draft and by the looks of it, it was highly successful. Keep this in mind if you plan on going.

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, January 26th - 3PM to 10PM
Friday, January 27th - 10AM to 10PM
Saturday, January 28th - 10AM to 6PM

Ticket Information:

For those that want to see all the activity up close can do so by purchasing tickets through the Scotiabank Place box office. Tickets can also be found on CapitalTickets.ca. If you order tickets before January 25th, the price will be $10 per person. The ticket price will rise to $15 for those who purchase tickets after the 25th.

Links:

NHL Fan Fair Site [NHL.com]