With only a week and a half to go until Rogers Hometown Hockey rolls into Red Deer, excitement is building for the weekend long festival of all things hockey.
To kick off the celebrations, The City is hosting a free community skate on Saturday, November 23 at the Collicutt Centre from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Citizens of all ages are invited to enjoy some free skating and learn more about Rogers Hometown Hockey. Please note, skate rentals are not available at the Collicutt Centre.
Today Rogers announced that NHL alumni Glenn Anderson, Glen Wesley and Shane Doan are coming to Red Deer as part of the festival. The free hockey-themed weekend also features games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family. A full schedule of events will be announced next week.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rogers Hometown Hockey to Red Deer for the second time,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Events like this are an opportunity for us to build community life through celebration with our friends, family and neighbours, and to celebrate our shared passion for hockey and sport.”
A Local Organizing Committee, made up of community partners including: Tourism Red Deer, the Downtown Business Association, Red Deer and District Community Foundation, Red Deer Minor Hockey, the Red Deer Rebels, Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame have come together to bring local flavour to the festival and build community excitement.
Soon residents will be “seeing red” through the Paint the Town Red contest for local businesses, and local schools are raising donations for the Red Deer Food Bank for a chance to win a preview visit by Rogers Hometown Hockey. And Red Deer Minor Hockey will be running a charity BBQ during the festival weekend.
The Festival takes place at Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza (48 Avenue, downtown Red Deer), as follows:
- Saturday, November 30, 12 to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, December 1, 12 to 8 p.m.
The weekend culminates in a live broadcast, hosted by Rogers Hometown Hockey hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sportsnet at 4:30 p.m. As the Boston Bruins take on the Montreal Canadiens, Red Deerians will have the chance to see themselves – and their community – featured on the broadcast.
“Rogers Hometown Hockey is Red Deer’s chance to shine on the national stage,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “I invite and encourage all Red Deerians to show their community spirit by wearing red or their favourite hockey jersey during the weekend, and join in the festivities.”
For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit reddeer.ca/hometownhockey.
For more information, contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer