Hockey - Jan 4, 2017

Rogers Hometown Hockey Highlights

The 2016-17 tour is off to a great start – with many more stops yet to come this season

Season Three of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour – Canada’s ultimate hockey festival – is in full swing from coast to coast. Hosted by Ron MacLean, the 2016-17 edition of the cross-country celebration – with visits to more than 20 cities and towns from coast to coast – brings to life the passion and pride of the great game that connects us all. It’s got everything from fan favourite NHL alumni and interviews with the biggest stars in the game to awesome live music and local heroes. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Newmarket, Ont. (October 15-16)

NHL megastar Connor McDavid takes fans on a tour of where it all began. Other highlights include a profile on Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott and catching up with two-time Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan.

Saint John, N.B. (October 22-23)

A visit out east with some of the game’s most passionate fans reinforces the bond between the city and their beloved Memorial Cup-winning Sea Dogs. It’s a can’t-miss episode that includes a touching tribute to the late Luc Bourdon.

Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. (October 29-30)

From broadcasting legend Bob Cole to local hockey heroes who have hoisted the Stanley Cup aloft, the visit to Newfoundland also showcases a trip to a cranberry farm and a Halloween-inspired zombie walk.

Halifax, N.S. (November 5-6)

An area that calls superstar Sidney Crosby and top-tier talents Nathan MacKinnon and Brad Marchand their own, hockey-loving Halifax is also home to the delicious donair and iconic ship Bluenose II. Spoiler alert: the NHL’s most coveted team trophy makes an appearance.

Montreal, Que. (November 12-13)

A visit to one of hockey’s most historical cities nets fans a unique look at the home to Les Habitants. Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford talks street hockey, cheering for the Canadiens and idolizing legend Patrick Roy.

Windsor, Ont. (November 19-20)

A trip to the border city catches up with rising NHL star Aaron Ekblad, aspiring big leaguer Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires and former NHL standout Ed Jovanovski. Sportsnet’s own Tim Micallef shares the story of his father, Tom, and the Windsor Bulldogs pursuit of 1963 Allan Cup glory.

Timmins, Ont. (November 26-27)

A stop in the northern Ontario city unearths a treasure trove of hockey tales and more. From a banner-raising in honour of fabled Maple Leafs hero Bill Barilko and Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich to Tara Slone heading 9,600 feet below inside Kidd Mine, it’s a candid look at a unique hockey community.

Barrie, Ont. (December 3-4)

It’s a jam-packed visit to a hockey hotbed, including interviews with hometown heroes, current NHLers Brent Burns and Matt Beleskey, and NHL alumnus Shayne Corson. There’s also a feature on former Barrie Colts forward Mark Scheifele (now with the Winnipeg Jets), and the story of Barrie’s Bobbie Rosenfeld, Canada’s top female athlete of the half-century (1900-50).

Stratford, Ont. (December 10-11)

It’s best known as a live-theatre city, but Stratford also gets rave reviews for producing several players who made it to the NHL stage. Longtime residents Peter Mansbridge and Cynthia Dale share their passion for all things hockey. Other highlights include a trip to one of the country’s oldest operating hockey arenas.

Mark your calendars: there are plenty more exciting destinations coming up on Season Three of Rogers Hometown Hockey. Is your town or one near you on the list? Click here for further details.

January 7-8: Moose Jaw, Sask.

January 14-15: Vancouver, B.C.

January 21-22: Vernon, B.C.

February 4-5: Edmonton, Alta.

February 11-12: Cochrane, Alta.

February 18-19: Cranbrook, B.C

February 25-26: Nanaimo, BC.

March 4-5: Medicine Hat, Alta.

March 11-12: Lloydminster, Alta./Sask

March 18-19: Ottawa, Ont.

March 25-26: Portage La Prairie, Man.

April 1-2: Guelph, Ont.

April 8-9: Hamilton, Ont.

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