Hometown Hockey set to arrive in Kamloops

By Matt Pouncy
January 10, 2018 - 3:45pm Updated: January 11, 2018 - 10:53am

Kamloops — This weekend outside the Sandman Centre hockey fans will have a chance to enjoy the festival that is known as Rogers Hometown Hockey.

The free hockey themed weekend starts on Saturday at noon and will finish up Sunday night a following a live broadcast featuring Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.

Kamloops Chair Jon Pankuch wants people of all ages to come out and enjoy the festivities.

"It's going to be amazing, this is two days, free entertainment, it's a lot of excitement going on," said Pankuch.  "This is about where players came from, where players are going to go.  It's really just a community event to get people out and enjoy the weekend."

There are lots of free giveaways, fun activities, live entertainment, and music planned over the two day event.

The Rogers Fan Hub is an interactive experience that will showcase virtual autographs from NHL stars and a hockey themed zamboni video game.

Along with the broadcast on Sunday which will feature a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild which will be played on a big screen outside, people will have an opportunity to meet some Blazers and NHL Alumni.

"Some features on some of our own Mark Recchi, Dylan Ferugson, we got Tom Gaglardi going to be live in person, as well as Cliff Ronning and Robyn Regehr.  So a chance to meet some old alumni," said Pankuch. 

Along with the festival Scotiabank will be donating 15 Thousand Dollars to Kamloops Minor Hockey.

Pankuch says the money will go towards keeping registration fees low and allow more kids to play the game they love. 

"We want kids to come out and enjoy themselves of all ages but specifically the ones that are maybe thinking about getting into hockey," said Pankuch.  "I think this is our national game, and I think anytime we can bring attention to it and keep it alive.  I think it's a benefit to us."

The Rogers Hometown Hockey crews arrived earlier today at the Sandman Centre to begin setting up for this weekend.

So if you are looking for something to do, stop by to win some prizes and possibly visit with some NHL Alumni.

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