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Coming Soon To a Town Near You: A Celebration of "The Game" with Rogers Hometown Hockey and Ron MacLean

Sep 9, 2014

 

– 25 communities from across Canada set to receive hockey-themed festivities and outdoor viewing parties, beginning with London, ON, October 11 & 12 –
– Live Sunday broadcasts from Sportsnet Mobile Studio to feature local NHL player profiles and grassroots stories each week, hosted by MacLean –
– Sunday night broadcasts culminate with NHL national game each week on City –

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - This hockey season, Canadians across the country will get to experience the game they love with the ones they love, along with one of Canada's favourites – Ron MacLean – as Rogers today unveiled the 25 communities that will be part of the inaugural Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge.

Each week during the 2014/15 NHL season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will roll into a different community across the country with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday, with MacLean hosting live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio (see full list of locations below).

"The passion for hockey in this country is unrivaled. Every Canadian has a connection to the game – it is part of our DNA, it is part of our communities," said MacLean. "We're excited to share in this season-long celebration of Canada'sfavourite pastime, help grow the game and bring to life those great hockey stories every Sunday."

Each Weekend of the Tour:

Kicking off in London, ON on October 11 and 12, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will bring together a community with deep hockey roots and deliver a jam-packed weekend of interactive games, activities and entertainment for the whole family, celebrating all things hockey in the heart of each town, including:

  • Meet and greets with NHL Alumni, local hockey heroes, and celebrities
  • Family outdoor viewing parties on both Saturday (Hockey Night in Canada) and Sunday (Rogers Hometown Hockey)
  • KidsZone filled with hockey-themed games and activities for all ages
  • Interactive experiences inside the Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE Tech Truck
  • Skills and drills competitions
  • Winter Market showcasing local culinary culture and hometown food trucks
  • Local bands and entertainment from main stage throughout weekend
  • Ticket and merchandise giveaways
  • Other onsite Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour partner activations from:
    • Scotiabank
    • Dodge
    • Samsung
    • XBOX
    • McDonald's

Rogers Hometown Hockey – Sunday Night Broadcast

  • Each Sunday - the newest national night for hockey - City will air a half-hour pre-game show hosted by Ron MacLeanlive from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, leading into an NHL game broadcast. MacLean, along with other Sportsnet personalities, will also make appearances during the intermission and post-game show
  • The broadcast will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni,  and special guests with connections to the community, including features on local NHL players and grassroots stories
  • The first Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. N.Y. Rangers on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT on City

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour Locations

WEEK

DATE

TOUR LOCATION

SUNDAY MATCHUP

TV

1

Oct 12

London, ON

Toronto at NY Rangers

City

2

Oct 19

Selkirk, MB

Calgary at Winnipeg

City

3

Oct 26

Saskatoon, SK

Ottawa at Chicago

City

4

Nov 2

Red Deer, AB

Calgary at Montreal

City

5

Nov 9

Burnaby, BC

Vancouver at Anaheim

City

6

Nov 16

Kelowna, BC

Montreal at Detroit

City

7

Nov 23

Fort McMurray, AB

Montreal at NY Rangers

City

8

Nov 30

Brandon, MB

Vancouver at Detroit

City

9

Dec 7

Sudbury, ON

Vancouver at Ottawa

City

10

Dec 14

St. Catharines, ON

Calgary at Chicago

City

11

Dec 21

Kingston, ON

Toronto at Chicago

City

12

Dec 28

Peterborough, ON

Vancouver at Anaheim

City

13

Jan 4

Owen Sound, ON

Tampa Bay at Ottawa

City

14

Jan 11

Moncton, NB

Florida at Edmonton

City

15

Jan 18

Charlottetown, PEI

Arizona at Winnipeg

City

16

Feb 1

Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC

Arizona at Montreal

City

17

Feb 8

St. John's, NFLD

Montreal at Boston

Sportsnet

18

Feb 15

Cole Harbour, NS

Philadelphia at Buffalo

City

19

Feb 22

Boischatel, QC

Vancouver at NY Islanders

City

20

March 1

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Toronto at Washington

City

21

March 8

Thompson, MB

Calgary at Ottawa

City

22

March 15

Regina, SK

Philadelphia at Ottawa

City

23

March 22

Prince George, BC

Vancouver at Arizona

City

24

March 29

Lethbridge, AB

Chicago at Winnipeg

City

25

April 5

Kanata, ON

Ottawa at Toronto

City

 

This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 500 national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

Social Media Links
Official website, Rogers Hometown Hockey www.hometownhockey.com
Facebook www.Facebook.com/RogersHometownHockey
Twitter @HometownHockey_ #HometownHockey
Instagram @HometownHockey

About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Jennifer Neziol, jennifer.neziol@rci.rogers.com, (w) 416.764.6361, (m) 416.275.9182; Sebastian Gatica, sebastian.gatica@rci.rogers.com,(w) 416.764.6368, (m) 416.710.9953; Jennifer Cram, jennifer.cram@rci.rogers.com, (w) 416.764.6364, (m) 416.804.1683; Meghann Cox,meghann.cox@rci.rogers.com, (w) 416.764.6362, (m) 416.258.3296


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