Future on Ice

The NHL Awards show is returning to the Palms on June 22 for the third straight year, but the future of the event is uncertain. Its contract with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority expires this year, and there’s hot competition from places that actually have hockey teams, such as Los Angeles and New York.

The awards show, which was held annually in Toronto before coming here, is a sellout for the third straight year, drawing 2,500 visitors. A decision likely will be made within the next three months, says Don Renzulli, the NHL’s senior vice president of events.

The awards have an economic impact of about $1.6 million on the Valley, says the LVCVA’s Jeremy Handel. But what would really be missed is another avenue to showcase Las Vegas to the U.S. and Canada.