Rogers Hometown Hockey hits Cochrane
Monday, Feb 06, 2017 01:13 pm
Rogers Hometown Hockey is just days away from making its first appearance in the community of Cochrane.
Beginning on Feb. 11, the two-day celebration will showcase the community and its thriving hockey roots, but also play host to a national broadcast of an NHL game.
“It’s an amazing opportunity, I am thankful we were able to pull all the pieces together in a quick manner in order to accept the offer,” Cochrane mayor Ivan Brooker said. “So far the community has come out in support. We have an army of volunteers prepared to step up and help out.
“It’s going to be a weekend full of a lot of fun activities.”
A live pre-game show before the Boston Bruins host the Montréal Canadiens on Feb. 12 will be co-hosted by CBC legend Ron MacLean and former Breakfast Television host Tara Slone at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.
The weekend will be capped off with an outdoor viewing party of the Bruins/Canadiens shown live in Cochrane and post game interviews with young members of the community following the game.
Former Calgary Flames players Robyn Regehr and Brendan Morrison will be signing autographs throughout the weekend. The details have yet to be officially finalized, but all events will be held at Spray Lake and will run from 12 to 6 p.m. Feb. 11. The event wraps up the following day, with festivities starting at 12 p.m. and concluding following the game, which starts at 5 p.m.
Some of the events available to the public during the hockey-centric weekend include opportunities to take part in technology-driven interactive experiences through virtual and augmented reality, the chance to sit in on an NHL Situation Room and advise on challenged plays as well as take to the ice and feel what it’s like through virtual reality.
There is also a ball hockey rink where attendees can join in a game of shinny or take part in a hockey-themed obstacle course.
“Cochrane is a hockey town, we have a lot of hockey families,” Brooker said. “This should be fun and exciting for everybody.”
Pizza and hot chocolate will be on hand for those in attendance throughout the weekend.
There will also be a chance for fans to show off their skills in the inaugural Rogers Hometown Hockey Trick Shot Contest, which can be signed up for on site.
The best trick shot from across Canada could win tickets to the 2017 Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ont.
To coincide with Hometown Hockey, the annual Kimmett Cup will be help Feb. 10 to 12 at Mitford Pond in Cochrane.
“Now they will as well get national coverage of their event,” Brooker said. “This event is great for the Town of Cochrane, but it’s great for that community group as well.”
For more information and details on the event, visit hometownhockey.com.