Local hockey fans will be receiving a special holiday gift this year when the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge makes a stop in Aurora Dec. 8 and 9.
This will be Rogers’ fifth year running the event, where all proceeds will go to support Canadian minor hockey organizations.
The two-day event includes interactive games, live music, prize giveaways, a kids play zone, and special guest appearances before ending with an outdoor viewing party for an NHL game broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet.
On site for the festivities will be hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, joined by former NHL players, with meet-and-greet opportunities. The outdoor viewing party of the NHL game broadcast will be hosted live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.
“Rogers Hometown Hockey has been a great opportunity to make the connection between the National Hockey League show that we see every Saturday night, on Hockey Night In Canada, and its roots.” says Maclean, who has hosted the show for over 30 years. “I love that on Sunday night we make the connection that is a firsthand NHL experience. We bring the NHL to the community, and its a way for everyone to share their love of hockey.”
In addition to autograph signings with NHL alumni, video game stations, bubble hockey, and food, there will be the Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink: a family-friendly outdoor hockey space to engage hockey fans, interact with NHL players, and to play and celebrate the game.
Maclean adds, “The folks that are the backbone of the game might be the timekeepers of the local rink or the referee – there are so many different ways people are involved. That’s why the NHL and CWHL players love to be a part of it; because it’s a way for them to give back to the community and say thanks.”
For more details of the tour visit: www.hometownhockey.com
Story written by Carolina Di Giulio.