Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is heading to the Vollmer Complex in La Salle this weekend. The national hockey celebration heads to the community on February 22 and 23, with hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone. Festivities will include meet-and-greet opportunities with guest players, live local entertainment, and the live Sportsnet NHL broadcast on Sunday.
“We’re blessed to have Olympic medalist Kylie Masse and Luke Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks helping us,” MacLean told 519 ahead of the event. “The Tea Party are going to be part of the show, as well as Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and the whole community of LaSalle. It’s a great lifestyle town.”
The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, February 22 at Noon ET at Vollmer Complex (2121 Laurier Pkwy) and will conclude on Sunday afternoon following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The afternoon’s broadcast gets underway with a special pre-game show hosted by MacLean and Slone live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 6:30 pm, followed by showdowns between the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings, on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW and NHL LIVE.
“I prefer smaller locations like LaSalle because it turns into a more reciprocal experience,” Slone added. “We come and the entire community is engaged and excited and therefore we feel more a part of it too. Communities like LaSalle don’t get their name out there all the time. It’s really an honour for us that the community is putting its trust in us to express the essence of LaSalle and the south hockey history to the rest of the country. I find those more intimate communities – the smaller communities – a little bit more rewarding.”
The free hockey-themed weekend features games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family.
“With 1,000 in the boys program and over 500 in the Sun Parlour female program, you’ll just get that sense of the vibrant hockey community that’s here,” MacLean said. “We’ll see tons of colour when they come out for the Parade of Champions and there’s just great stories in LaSalle that we get to share. I think that’s what will make it as special one.”
Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details:
Saturday, February 22
Festival open from Noon to 6 pm
Sunday, February 23
Festival opens at Noon ET and runs through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party with Calgary Flames vs. Detroit Red Wings, 6:30 pm on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, NHL LIVE
Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival Details:
Rogers Fan Hub: Celebrate more of the game that brings us together with fun and interactive hockey experiences. Fill out your Fan Profile for a chance to win exclusive Rogers Moments, enjoy autograph signings with NHL alumni Kirk Maltby, test your stickhandling with the Infinite Dangles challenge, and grab some free popcorn!
Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink: A family-friendly outdoor hockey space designed to engage hockey fans who can interact with NHL alumni, and celebrate the game. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 to local minor hockey associations in the surrounding area at each tour stop this season.
Hyundai Drives Hockey: Hyundai displays on festival grounds will feature games and challenges for kids and parents alike. Opportunities to test-drive and interact with the entire range of five Hyundai SUVs will demonstrate how Hyundai is made for those who drive hockey. Fans will have the chance to win on-site giveaways, weekend prizes as well as an overall grand prize for the season.
Sportsnet Shooting Accuracy Game: Fans race against the clock to snipe as many targets as possible before time runs out! A digital scoreboard tracks the best scores from the day, and from the other Tour stops across the country. Players of all ages can show off their hockey skills and see how they match up to NHL stars and alumni with fantastic prizes to be won!
Steve Goodtime Rockin’ Hockey Show: Come see Steve Goodtime, our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Steve performs his incredible family-friendly rock n’ roll hockey show packed with fire, juggling, stunts, and guitar solos. The event will be rocked!
Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and learn more about the Find Giuseppe contest with many great prizes to be won!
Playmobil Kids Zone: Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures. In the zone, fans will also be able to enter to win an NHL playset.
Sobeys Community Barbeque: Sobeys is proud to support the Community Barbeque through a food donation. All funds raised this weekend will go towards supporting minor hockey in La Salle.
Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with Steve Oriet performing on Saturday followed by Buck Twenty on Sunday.