SOURCE: Scotiabank

Scotiabank

September 09, 2014 07:40 ET

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

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, ON--(Marketwired - September 09, 2014) - 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's favourite 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 MacLean live 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) (TSX: 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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