September 07, 2016
Rogers Hometown Hockey is coming to Saint John.
The two-day celebration, which will be held Oct. 22-23 on Long Wharf, will highlight the city and explore its deep hockey roots.
Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean and co-host Tara Slone will be here to deliver unique hockey stories to a nation-wide audience. Saint John is the only New Brunswick stop on the 2016-17 tour, which is entering its third season.
The weekend will feature NHL alumni, hometown heroes, live music and entertainment, all of which are free of charge.
The festival culminates on Sunday when MacLean hosts the broadcast of the NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks at 8:30 p.m. from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, on the scenic Saint John Harbour at Long Wharf.
“Saint John is a hockey city,” said Mayor Don Darling. “We are thrilled to welcome Rogers Hometown Hockey, and I invite everyone from our region to join us for the fun and excitement as we show the tremendous pride we have in our hockey history to the rest of the country.”
That hockey history is impressive. Saint John remains the only city in Canada that can boast four major championships: Hardy Cup (Mooseheads 1973), Allan Cup (Vito’s 1992), Calder Cup (Flames 2001), and Memorial Cup (Sea Dogs 2011). Less than five months ago, the Vito’s became the first team from New Brunswick to win a medal when they mined silver at the national major midget hockey championship, which was held in Quispamsis.
“We are so excited to bring Ron, Tara and the rest of the Rogers Hometown Hockey crew to our city. The festival is expected to generate over $1M in economic spin-off,” said Victoria Clarke, executive director of Discover Saint John. “Rogers Hometown Hockey marks the start of a busy hockey season in Saint John, which concludes with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft in June.”
Shanna Hopkins and Aaron Kennedy are the co-chairs of the local organizing committee.
For more on Rogers Hometown Hockey, visit www.hometownhockey.com.