As depressing as it can be to say goodbye to summer, the end of this season means a new season of Canada’s cherished sport. And any hockey enthusiast will tell you that Rogers Hometown Hockey is the heartwarming piece that brings the hockey season to Canada.
The 2016-2017 schedule for Hometown Hockey was recently released and several of this year’s stops happen to be in Canadian cities that also house military bases and wings. These cities include Halifax, Petawawa, Moose Jaw, Edmonton, and Ottawa.
“There are fellow Canadians waiting to spot you. Let us take you on a road trip that will subtly transform, nourish you the way only the good ol’ game can, and is sure to keep you pushing.” wrote Ron Maclean, a military brat, and host of Hometown Hockey, in his blog.
The season opens on the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16 in Newmarket, Ontario. The first stop in a city that is also home to a base is on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 in Halifax, NS. The broadcast will be from Alderney Landing for the game played between the New York Rangers and the Winnipeg Jets.
Later in the year, on Dec. 31 and Jan 1. MacLean and his teams will visit the base town of Petawawa, On.
“This event is an opportunity to showcase our community, our rich local hockey history and to recognize some local minor hockey teams,” said Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet.
MacLean alongside Tara Slone will broadcast for the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Washington Capitals from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio setup at the Petawawa Civic Centre.
“We are a community with deep roots in the sport of hockey. We are excited to share some of those stories with a national audience,” added Sweet.
One week later, Hometown Hockey will travel to Moose Jaw, SK.
“We are thrilled to have the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour come to Moose Jaw – our community welcomes this event and the opportunity to showcase our city on a national stage,” commented Mayor Higgins.
The game broadcasting will be between the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers.
On Feb. 4 and Feb. 5, Hometown Hockey will come to the city of Edmonton, AB for the game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers.
And lastly, MacLean will bring the show to Ottawa, ON on March 18 and March 19 for the Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators game.
Hometown Hockey will conclude its season in Hamilton, ON on April 8/April 9.
For a complete schedule of this year’s stops and to see if Hometown Hockey is coming to a city near you visit click here.