Rogers Hometown Hockey is Heading to Whistler,
February 9 and 10
– Festival taking place at Whistler Olympic Plaza –
– NHL alumni Kirk McLean and Paul Kariya to join the weekend festivities –
TORONTO (January 23, 2018) RogersTM Hometown HockeyTM Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge is heading to Whistler, BC, for a celebration of hockey on February 9 and 10. Hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be on site for the festivities, which include meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni Kirk McLean and Paul Kariya, live local entertainment, and the live Sportsnet NHL broadcast.
The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Noon PT at Whistler Olympic Plaza and will conclude on Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The afternoon’s broadcast kicks off with a special pre-game show hosted by MacLean and Slone live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT, followed by a showdown between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers, on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW and Rogers NHL LIVE.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival Details:
The free hockey-themed weekend features games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family, including:
- Rogers Fan Hub: Rogers celebrates your community within the Fan Hub. Help support local minor hockey and participate in fun and interactive experiences, autograph signings with NHL alum Kirk McLean, video game stations, bubble hockey, and popcorn!
- Sportsnet Virtual Photo Booth and Interactive Games: Fans have the chance to get close to their favourite players through virtual technology. Fans can take photos with virtual images of NHL stars, and have the photo emailed directly to their device for social sharing and their chance to win great prizes. In addition, hockey players of all ages will be able to show off their hockey skills and see how they match up to the NHL stars!
- The Hockey Circus Show: Come see Paz, our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Paz juggles everything from pucks to flaming hockey sticks all while standing on top of a net. It is an experience that the family will never forget.
- Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink: A family-friendly outdoor hockey space to engage hockey fans, interact with NHL alum Paul Kariya, celebrate the game and play ball hockey. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 to minor hockey associations in the community.
- Ram Haul of Fame: Features the Ram 1500 in a hockey-themed obstacle course that will test the skills of fans of all ages. Also, fans have the opportunity to enter the Breakaway Giveaway contest to win an all-new 2019 Ram 1500 for their family and $5,000 for their local minor hockey association. All contest entrants will receive a free branded giveaway courtesy of Dodge.
- 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!
- Tim Hortons: As fans are enjoying the festival, warm up with a complimentary coffee or hot chocolate from the Tim Hortons mobile truck.
- 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 a new NHL playset.
- Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with The Rutherford Creek Trio performing on Saturday followed by The Hairfarmers on Sunday.
- Ted Rogers Community Grants: Ted Rogers Community Grants are being awarded to local Canadian organizations to help support educational programs that enable Canadian youth to succeed inside and outside the classroom, including in Whistler.
- Giving Together to support hockey in your community: Every week, Rogers is also Giving Together to support hockey in local communities. Attendees can participate in giving back through 50/50 draws or by purchasing popcorn and food from the on-site BBQ. All proceeds are donated to minor hockey organizations.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details
- Whistler Olympic Plaza, Village Stroll, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
- Saturday, Feb. 9– Festival open from Noon PT to 6 p.m. PT
- Sunday, Feb. 10 – Festival opens at 11 a.m. PT and runs through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party
- Special Guests: Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, Paul Kariya and Olympic Gold Medallist, Ross Rebagliati
- Game Matchup : Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers, 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, Rogers NHL LIVE)
- Rob Boyd: In 1989 on Whistler Mountain, in what is arguably the greatest moment in Whistler’s history, Rob Boyd became the first Canadian alpine skier to win gold at a World Cup downhill race on home soil. Boyd grew up in Vernon, BC, where he played organized hockey and skied on a hill his parents owned. Eventually, he chose to focus on alpine skiing full time, and moved to Whistler at the age of 16. Boyd went on to win three World Cup titles and qualified for three Olympic Games in his downhill career. He retired from ski racing in 1997, but remains active in the community. He helps out with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and is a real estate agent. His most important job, however, is raising his two sons who have decided to pursue different sports – one ski racing and the other hockey.
- My Hometown Must: Tara explores all of the amazing things to do in Whistler that don’t actually involve putting on skis.