This is worth it. We tried to back out of this event a couple of years ago (family issues) but ended up going. My kid loved it. He was on the ice with some great coaches and players. He met kids from around the world. He still talks about it and connects with those kids over social media. It was a very good experience for him.
There are invitees and show ups at all these so called "exposure events". The invitees will be red flagged and may be given slotted appointments with the well connected coaches long before they step on the ice.
If your Bender hasn't been contacted by March then you are a show up. Not meant to be demeaning just volunteering my experience. It's still worth the 400 bills.