Hockey fans visit Hometown Hockey

By Matt Pouncy
January 15, 2018 - 2:46pm Updated: January 15, 2018 - 6:04pm

Kamloops — Hockey fans were treated to a celebration of the sport when Hometown Hockey rolled into Kamloops this weekend.

Fans had a chance to explore a variety of hockey themed booths and events while wearing Hometown Hockey themed toques and jerseys. 

Fans were treated to live entertainment, a chance to play road hockey, and an opportunity to get an autograpgh from former Kamloops Blazer Robyn Regehr.

Regehr spent all three years of his junior hockey career in Kamloops before moving on to the NHL and he was excitied for the opportunity to be a part of the event.

"Yeah like an event like Hometown Hockey here is really a celebration of hockey and community," said Regehr.  "I've brought my family in the past to this, they're here again this weekend and it's a great opportunity for them to come down here and just celebrate the community and the sport of hockey.  Which means a lot of diferent things to a lot of diferent people."

There was always a feature on the main stage from live music, to a hockey themed circus show that included some dangerous flaming hockey stick juggling. 

Mayor Ken Christian, MLA Peter Milobar and MP Cathy McLeod were invitied up on stage by Hometown Hockey host Tara Slone and presented with a signed framed jersey from Ron MacLean. 

Christian says he's happy to host events like Hometown Hockey as the mayor of Kamloops.

"You know the kids are here the public is here it's a great day in Kamloops and the prelude to the Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota Wild this afternoon with this as a backdrop is just fabulous for Kamloops and the promotion of us as the tournament capital of Canada," said Christian.

Christian hopes that the Hometown Hockey festivities serve as a lanuch for the B.C. Winter Games Kamloops is hosting on February 22nd to the 25th.   

Fans left the event happy Sunday night as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Minnesota Wild three two in overtime.

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