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Hockey - Sep 30, 2016

10 Rogers Hometown Hockey Highlights

What better way to get ready for the next installment of the cross-country tour than by taking a look at some of the most memorable moments so far?

With stops in more than 20 cities and towns from coast to coast in 2016-17, the popular Rogers Hometown Hockey tour is Canada’s epic hockey celebration. Experience our glorious game in a community near you with host Ron MacLean, your favourite NHL® alumni, live music and games and more. To kick off the third season – which starts in Newmarket, Ont., on October 15 and wraps up in Hamilton, Ont., on April 8 – let’s take a look back at 10 unforgettable Hometown Hockey moments.

Click here to check out all of this season’s hometown hockey stops

1. “Prince” of the Prairies

A tour of Prince Albert, Sask. – a humble hockey-loving city – unearthed several unforgettable stories, from a look at the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders to one lucky fan finding a hockey sweater signed by a legend. Click here to learn more >>

2. From the Backyard to the Big Time

One of the NHL’s biggest stars – he’s won three Stanley Cup® championships and two Olympic gold medals – takes a look back to where it all started. Highlighted by heartwarming home videos, see Chicago Blackhawks captain and Winnipeg native Jonathan Toews like you’ve never seen him before. Click here to learn more >>

3. Hockey Flame Burns Bright in Calgary

Autograph sessions with former NHL alumni, a scavenger hunt and two Rogers Hometown Hockey festivals? It was a crowd-pleasing stop in one of Canada’s most passionate hockey cities. Click here to learn more >> 

4. Toast of the West Coast

A visit to the picturesque city of Penticton, B.C., showcased some of the brightest stars to have ever skated in the NHL, including Duncan Keith, Paul Kariya and Brett Hull. Click here to learn more >>

5. Crave the Cave

You have to see it to believe it: Kenn and Tiina’s homage to all things hockey is simply stunning. The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave in Victoria, B.C., is a cabin chock full of memorabilia and mementoes. Click here to learn more >>

6. Jamie Benn Stars on Twitter

The Dallas captain is one of the NHL’s most complete players. And while he’s known for his ability to take over a game, this time Benn took over the Rogers Hometown Hockey Twitter feed to answer fans’ questions. Click here to learn more >>

7. Making Goals and Dreams Come True

Mike Smith is all about taking away scoring chances. But in this instance, the goaltender, along with an assist from the NHLPA®, gave back in the form of $25,000 sets of hockey equipment for 100 kids in Watson Lake, Yukon. Click here to learn more >>

8. A Great Surprise from the Great One

It’s a visit that no one at Greenbrier Elementary School in Brantford, Ont., will ever forget. The look on the faces of the kids when former Greenbrier student and hockey megastar Wayne Gretzky walks in is priceless. Click here to learn more >>

9. Island Time

A major snowstorm a week earlier didn’t cool the mood in Summerside, PEI. Hometown Hockey was the toast of the East Coast, featuring everything from oyster shucking to appearances by former Maple Leafs stars Shayne Corson, Errol Thompson and Rick Vaive to Sportnet’s very own Doug MacLean and Canadian Olympic gold medallist Heather Moyes. Click here to learn more >>

10. Loving the Game

The place that the late Hall of Fame NHL coach Pat Burns and former NHL star Daniel Briere called home is defined by its passion for hockey. See how Gatineau, Quebec, celebrates our great game. Click here to learn more >>

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