Hometown Hockey tour makes stops in military communities

The all-Canadian, beloved winter tradition of Hometown Hockey is once again on its cross-country tour to enrich local communities with the love of hockey and once again this year some of those stops are in or around Canadian Armed Forces bases.

Already this year, Hometown Hockey made a stop in Winnipeg, MB on Dec. 2-3 for the Winnipeg Jets vs. Ottawa Senators game and made its sixth stop in Kingston, ON in early November.

Hometown Hockey visited Kingston on the weekend of Nov. 11-12, and in honour of Remembrance Day, the tour-related events were all held at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Various events including games, prize giveaways, fun activities and live local entertainment began on Saturday, Nov. 11 and were held at the RMC’s Parade Square.

Amongst the live entertainers on the main stage included performances from the RMC Band. The RMC Band had a chance to play while the athletes marched on and while the hosts of Hometown Hockey walked on.

RMC Band Master, Warrant Officer Aldwin Albino, along with some of the cadets, had the chance to meet with their longtime hero Don Cherry.

“The atmosphere was really electric, and it was most amusing. We all enjoyed being there and meeting, in some of our cases, some of our heroes,” said Albino.

Festivities concluded with an outdoor viewing party for the game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Washington Capitals on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 12.

The weekend also featured broadcast hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone and meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alum Paul Coffey.

Later this season, Hometown Hockey will also be making a stop in Belleville, ON, just minutes away from CFB Trenton, on the weekend of Feb. 24-25 and will visit Montreal, QC on April 1.

For details on if and when Hometown Hockey will be stopping in a town near you click here.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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