Time for hometown hockey

By Jamie Harkins

March 9, 2017 10:43 AM

HOMETOWN HOCKEY Hockey Night in Canada broadcasters Ron MacLean, left, and Tara Slone will be in Lloydminster this weekend for the 20th stop on the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROGERS

The Border City will play host to Canada and it’s favourite game this weekend.
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, presented by Scotiabank and Dodge, heads to Lloydminster this Saturday and Sunday. Toronto Maple Leafs great Darcy Tucker, Hockey Night in Canada legend Ron MacLean and broadcast host Tara Slone are three of many on- and off-ice celebrities who will be on hand for the two-day celebration of hockey that gets underway at noon on Saturday in the heart of downtown Lloydminster.
The free hockey-themed experience will feature a Rogers Fan Hub and a Rogers National Hockey League Viewing Room, a Scotiabank Community Locker Room, a Dodge Family Zone, a McDonald’s Ball Hockey Rink, a Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria and a Playmobil NHL arena all centred at the corner of 50th Avenue and 50th Street. The activities will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party featuring a game between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers on Sunday evening.
According to a Rogers Hometown Hockey press release, the Rogers Fan Hub will be an innovative and technology-driven interactive experience showcasing virtual and augmented reality to unite fans in their passion for the game. An added bonus, considering the frosty temperatures expected during the weekend, will be free hot chocolate on site.
The Rogers NHL Viewing Room allows fans to go inside the NHL Situation Room to advise on challenged plays, just like real NHL officials, and experience what it’s like to be on the ice through virtual reality experiences. The Viewing Room also lets fans see the game in new ways with the help of GamePlus camera angles exclusive to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.
The Scotiabank Community Locker Room will feature a meet-and-greet with NHL alumni including Tucker, who suited up for 947 NHL regular season games as well as 68 playoff contests in stints with the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs.
As a presenting sponsor of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour stop in Lloydminster and a supporter of the 68 hockey teams in the Border City, Scotiabank has also announced they will be donating a total of $15,000 to the Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association, Vermillion Minor Hockey Association and the Maidstone Minor Hockey Association.
The famous Stow ‘N Go Challenge hockey-themed obstacle course and the chance for a family to win $5,000 for their minor hockey association and a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be the main event at the Dodge Family Zone, while the McDonald’s Ball Hockey Rink boasts pick-up games and skills competitions along with free McCafé premium roast brewed coffee on site.
Hockey fans can fuel up for these experiences at the Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria where free slices of pie will be available. While there, revellers can also play the Giuseppe Stack-a-Puck game to win a rooftop experience.
Finally, the Playmobil site will give friends and family the chance to face off against each other with the Playmobil NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures.
After the Saturday afternoon entertainment, hockey fans can head to the Centennial Civic Centre for a Toronto Maple Leafs alumni game features former players including Tucker, Rick Vaive and three-time Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medallist Joe Nieuwendyk. There will also be a Kids Skate with the Leafs alumni prior to the game.
Bookending the hockey weekend will be the Todd Gustavson Memorial Battle of the Badges between members of the Lloydminster RCMP and Lloydminster Fire Department at the Centennial Civic Centre on Friday night and the outdoor viewing party of the Canadiens-Oilers game at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday with MacLean and Slone hosting live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.
Tickets for the Leafs alumni game are available through the Lloydminster Bobcats office and website, while passes to the Battle of the Badges game can be purchased at the Lloydminster RCMP detachment or city hall.

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