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January 08, 2014 10:00 ET

Lloydminster Gears up to Host Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada's Marquee Events

LLOYDMINSTER, AB--(Marketwired - January 08, 2014) - Scotiabank, CBC and the City of Lloydminster invite hockey fans to come out to Lloydminster and celebrate Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on January 18, 2014.

"We are excited and truly honoured to host Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 2014 in Lloydminster," said Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chair Jeff Mulligan. "With a dedicated team of volunteers and overwhelming support, the momentum and enthusiasm for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is growing. We have planned a five-day hockey extravaganza and we can't wait to celebrate grassroots hockey and our community spirit from January 14 to 18."

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a full day of hockey featuring NHL games broadcast on CBC on Saturday, January 18, kicking off at 10:00 a.m. MT. Media are invited to cover the events taking place in Lloydminster leading up to and on game day itself, which include:

Tuesday, January 14:

  • Opening Reception and Artist Face-Off: The opening reception will kick off Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 2014 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds' Alberta Building from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will feature the Artist Face-Off, Lloyd Hockey History Walk, Interactive Hockey Skills Challenges and Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibits. Everyone is welcome to attend this free community event.

Wednesday, January 15:

  • CBC Shinny Game: Watch Ron MacLean and other members of CBC hit the ice at the Centennial Civic Centre, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to watch the game.

Thursday, January 16:

  • Lord Stanley Visits Local Schools: Former Edmonton Oilers Marty McSorley and Craig Simpson are joining with NHL legend Lanny McDonald and Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo to visit Ecole St. Thomas on 5216-44 St. to give kids the chance to get up close to the Stanley Cup from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Cup later travels to visit Queen Elizabeth School on 5512-51 Ave. from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. with Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Wendel Clark, Mark Napier, Darcy Tucker and Andi Petrillo.
  • On-Ice Hockey Clinics: Lloydminster minor hockey players learn skills with special coaches at Centennial Civic Centre (5405-49 Ave.). At 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. minor boy teams will be coached by Wendel Clark, Mark Napier and Darcy Tucker and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. minor boy and girl players will be coached by Clark, Lanny McDonald, Marty McSorley, PJ Stock, Craig Simpson and Canadian ice sledge hockey star Greg Westlake.
  • Scotiabank Kids Hot Stove Event: Hockey stars Lanny McDonald, Marty McSorley, Mark Napier, Darcy Tucker and Cassie Campbell-Pascall take the Stanley Cup to the Scotiabank Lloydminster Branch on 7515-44 St. where they'll field questions from young hockey players from four local Scotiabank-sponsored minor hockey teams. The players will have the chance to get autographs and have their photos taken with the Cup. The event starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m.
  • Stolen From a Hockey Card Concert: This concert presented by Scotiabank will be held at the Vic Juba Community Theatre, 2602-59 Ave. Curated by musician and author Dave Bidini, the show features six performers debuting original compositions backed up by the Bidiniband and introduced by NHL Alums and members of Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean will host this event, which begins at 8 p.m.

Friday, January 17:

  • Skate with the Stanley Cup: Join Lanny McDonald, Mark Napier, PJ Stock and Cassie Campbell-Pascall and the Stanley Cup at Centennial Civic Centre from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Fans are invited to come to the Centre for a skate and have their photo taken with the Cup.
  • On- Ice Hockey Clinics: Darcy Tucker, Marty McSorley, Wendel Clark and Greg Westlake will be coaching girl hockey players tips and tricks at the Centennial Civic Centre. The clinic runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Military Battle on the Border Ball Hockey Game: Come down to cheer on what will be an epic ball hockey battle between military from the Wainwright base at 12 p.m. on the corner of 50 Avenue and 50 Street with special guest NHL alumni Bryan Trottier.
  • Lord Stanley Visits Local Schools: Darcy Tucker, Marty McSorley, Wendel Clark, Greg Westlake and Andi Petrillo bring the Cup to Father Gorman School on 3112-47 Ave. from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. The Cup will later travel to Jack Kemp School at 3701-47 Ave. from 2 to 3 p.m. with Kevin Lowe, Lanny McDonald, Mark Napier, Cassie Campbell-Pascal, Carly Agro and head coach of Canada's sledge hockey team Mike Mondin.
  • SHDIC Banquet: Special guests, CBC Hockey Night in Canada hosts Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, as well as other CBC and NHL personalities will be in attendance at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds' Stockade Convention Centre. This fun-filled, star-studded evening will be dedicated to celebrating the game of hockey and generating funds for our legacy project. All attendees are encouraged to wear their hockey jerseys! The banquet program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 18:

  • Scotiabank Community HockeyFest: Four local Scotiabank sponsored boy and girl hockey teams will be coached by Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker, Mark Napier, Marty McSorley and Cassie Campbell-Pascall along with players and coaches from the Lloydminster Minor AAA Midget Rohan Rage and the Midget AA Sobeys Blazers. The girls and boys will receive training on and off the ice as well as advice from their coaches on how hard work, dedication and determination can help them reach their goals. The training session is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Centennial Civic Centre.
  • Winter Festival Celebration: Celebrate the game of hockey during Winter Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds. Public skating will be available on the outdoor rink while Ron MacLean broadcasts live from the event. Other Winter Festival activities include: wall climbing, euro bungee jumping, sleigh rides, snowshoe adventure courses, inflatable attractions, mascot games, photo booth, First Nations demonstrations, maze, carnival games, curling for kids, dog sleds, kids' crafts, face-painting, hockey clowns, ice sculptures, the Stanley Cup and more.
  • On-Ice Clinics: Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker and Wendel Clark team up to coach young local boy players from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Mike's Oilfield Park, Outdoor Arena.
  • Scotiabank Warming Zone: Come in from the cold and check out the Scotiabank Warming Zone with free hot chocolate, coffee, snacks and giveaways. NHL Alumni will be on site to sign autographs and have their photos taken -- Mark Napier and Marty McSorley from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Lanny McDonald and Darcy Tucker from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Live coverage of CBC's Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be broadcasted on video screens throughout the Warming Zone.
  • SHDIC NHL Alumni Outdoor Game: This outdoor, action-packed NHL Alumni Outdoor Game will consist of two 30-minute periods. Watch some of the greats play! The game will be held on the outdoor arena in Mike's Oilfield Park at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds. 
  • Bobcats Game: The Lloydminster Jr. A Bobcats take on the Sherwood Park Crusaders in what will be an unforgettable game. The puck will drop at 5 p.m. at the Centennial Civic Centre.
  • Grand Finale Fireworks: Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 2014 will finish with a bang -- fireworks will be set off at 7:30 p.m. from Mike's Oilfield Park at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a nationally televised event, produced by CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. Each year a host city is selected from a number of applicants, with the 2014 event being hosted in Lloydminster, AB/SK. Hockey Night in Canada talent are expected to attend select events.

Visit www.lloydminster.ca/shdic, follow @2014HockeyDay on Twitter and like the SHDIC 2014 Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HDIC2014Lloydminster) for all the latest information about the 2014 celebration of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

Canada's only border city, Lloydminster straddles the boundary between Alberta and Saskatchewan and is home to more than 31,000 residents. The community's passionate hockey fans support teams on a variety of levels. The Jr. B Bandits are a perennial powerhouse in the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League, while the Junior A Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League are community owned by 87 local investors and were featured on the 2012 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada broadcast. The Senior AAA Border Kings won the Allan Cup in 2001 and 2007 and hosted the Championship for the third time since 2000 this past spring at the Centennial Civic Centre. The Lloydminster minor hockey program has produced dozens of NHL alumni as well as current NHL players Scott Hartnell, Andrew Ference, Braden Holtby, Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur.

SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA'S 14th annual broadcast in January 2014 marks the continuation of an important Canadian hockey tradition. Winner of three Gemini Awards, it was recognized for Best Sports Program (2004) and Best Host in a Sports Program (Ron MacLean in 2004 and 2006). Previous host locations include Peterborough, Ont. (2013), Prince Edward Island (2012), Whitehorse, YT (2011), Stratford, Ont. (2010), Campbellton, N.B. (2009); Winkler, Man. (2008); Nelson, B.C. (2007); Stephenville, Nfld. (2006); Shaunavon, Sask. (2004); Iqualuit, Nunavut (2003); Windsor, N.S. (2002); Red Deer, Alta. (2001); and Toronto, Ont. (2000).

SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will also be available live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.

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Note to media:
Scotiabank Ambassadors and NHL Alumni Marty McSorley, Mark Napier, Darcy Tucker and Lanny McDonald are available for media interviews throughout the weekend.

Please note, all media attending any one of the SHDIC events (ticketed or otherwise) must have completed a Media Accreditation form and received a press pass. If members of the media do not have a press pass at an event, they will be denied entry.

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Contact Information

  • To arrange for interviews/photographs with any of the Scotiabank Ambassadors, please contact:
    Diana Hart 
    Scotiabank Media Communications 
    647-821-3849
    diana.hart@scotiabank.com

    Sheena Findlay
    Scotiabank Media Communications 
    647-628-3501
    sheena.findlay@scotiabank.com 

    To arrange for interviews/photographs with any of the CBC talent, please contact:
    Simon Bassett
    Publicist, Sports/Olympics
    CBC Communications, Marketing and Brand
    Simon.bassett@cbc.ca
    416-205-8533 (office) 
    416-988-1590 (mobile)

    To arrange for interviews/photographs with any of the official LOC spokespeople, please contact:
    Kristine Alexander
    Marketing & Communications Co-Chair
    LOC
    marketing@lloydminstercoop.com
    780-871-4245 (mobile)

    Katie Ryan
    Press and Media Co-Chair
    LOC
    kryan@lloydminster.ca
    780-875-6184 ext. 2322