Rogers Hometown Hockey is Heading to Enoch Cree Nation,
March 23 and 24
– Festival taking place at the Enoch Recreation Centre –
– NHL alumni Glenn Anderson and Bryan Trottier to join the weekend festivities –
– First time the event has been hosted in a First Nations community –
TORONTO (March 8, 2019) RogersTM Hometown HockeyTM Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge is heading to Enoch Cree Nation, AB, for a celebration of hockey on March 23 and 24. Hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be on site for the festivities, which include meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni Glenn Anderson and Bryan Trottier, live local entertainment, and the live Sportsnet NHL broadcast. The historic stop in Enoch Cree Nation, situated in Treaty No. 6 Territory in central Alberta, marks the first time that Rogers Hometown Hockey has been hosted in a First Nations community.
The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, March 23 at Noon MT at the Enoch Recreation Centre and will conclude on Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The evening’s broadcast kicks off with a special pre-game show hosted by MacLean and Slone live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 4:30 p.m. MT, followed by a showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes, on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW and Rogers NHL LIVE.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival Details:
The free hockey-themed weekend features games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family, including:
- Rogers Fan Hub: Rogers celebrates your community within the Fan Hub. Help support local minor hockey and participate in fun and interactive experiences, autograph signings with NHL alum Glenn Anderson, video game stations, bubble hockey, and popcorn!
- Sportsnet Virtual Photo Booth and Interactive Games: Fans have the chance to get close to their favourite players through virtual technology. Fans can take photos with virtual images of NHL stars, and have the photo emailed directly to their device for social sharing and their chance to win great prizes. In addition, hockey players of all ages will be able to show off their hockey skills and see how they match up to the NHL stars!
- The Hockey Circus Show: Come see Paz, our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Paz juggles everything from pucks to flaming hockey sticks all while standing on top of a net. It is an experience that the family will never forget.
- Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink: A family-friendly outdoor hockey space to engage hockey fans, interact with NHL alum Bryan Trottier, celebrate the game and play ball hockey. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 to minor hockey associations in the community.
- Ram Haul of Fame: Features the Ram 1500 in a hockey-themed obstacle course that will test the skills of fans of all ages. Also, fans have the opportunity to enter the Breakaway Giveaway contest to win an all-new 2019 Ram 1500 for their family and $5,000 for their local minor hockey association. All contest entrants will receive a free branded giveaway courtesy of Dodge.
- Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and learn more about the Find Giuseppe contest with many great prizes to be won!
- Tim Hortons: As fans are enjoying the festival, warm up with a complimentary coffee or hot chocolate from the Tim Hortons mobile truck.
- Playmobil Kids Zone: Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures. In the zone, fans will also be able to enter to win a new NHL playset.
- Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with The Boy & The Sea performing on Saturday followed by Del Barber and John Grolman on Sunday.
- Ted Rogers Community Grants: Ted Rogers Community Grants are being awarded to local Canadian organizations to help support educational programs that enable Canadian youth to succeed inside and outside the classroom, including in Enoch Cree Nation.
- Giving Together to support hockey in your community: Every week, Rogers is also Giving Together to support hockey in local communities. Attendees can participate in giving back through 50/50 draws or by purchasing popcorn and food from the on-site BBQ. All proceeds are donated to minor hockey organizations.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details
- Enoch Recreation Centre, Whitemud Dr NW, Highway 60, Enoch Cree Nation, AB T7X 3Y3
- Saturday, March 23– Festival open from Noon MT to 6 p.m. MT
- Sunday, March 24 – Festival opens at Noon MT and runs through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party
There will be no parking on site. We request all attendees to use the shuttle. There will be pick locations at the Lewis Farms Transit Centre, River Cree Resort, and in the Enoch Industrial Park, all three are shown in the map below.
- Special Guests: Treaty Six Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild (current), Shane Peacock – former professional hockey player, Canadian Sports Hall of Famer, and Enoch Cree Nation member of Council, and an appearance by Chief William “Billy” Morin (Nahtokitopi – Rides a Sacred Horse)
- Game Matchup : Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 4:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, Rogers NHL LIVE)
o Jonathan Cheechoo: Jonathan Cheechoo’s story is one about daring to dream. From Moose Factory to San Jose, Cheechoo, a member of the Cree First Nations, had a dream of being one of the best players in the NHL. With unending support from his family and community, Cheechoo won the Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded to the league leader in goals, in the 2005-06 season. Growing up, Jonathan had a chance to play in the Little Native Hockey League—an annual tournament for Ontario’s Indigenous communities that has grown to become the largest First Nations youth hockey tournament in Canada. Jonathan’s father played in the inaugural tournament and this year, Jonathan’s son will play in the 48th iteration of the event. To this day, Cheechoo is a positive force for Indigenous youth across North America. In February, he ran his first hockey school in his home town of Moose Factory where he taught parents the importance of supporting their children’s dreams and taught kids the value of believing in themselves.
o Celebrating Indigenous Culture and Hockey: Hockey players such as Jordin Tootoo, Brigette Lacquette, Jocelyne Larocque & others reflect on their Indigenous heritage.
o Reflections of Enoch: Ashley Callingbull, former Mrs. Universe, reflects on her upbringing in Enoch Cree Nation and how her experience has shaped who she is as a Cree First Nations woman.
Social Media Links
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Follow Ron MacLean @RonMacLeanHTH
Follow Tara Slone @TaraSlone
About the RogersTM Hometown HockeyTM Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour rolls into 25 communities across Canada this season with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages. The weekend culminates in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday on Sportsnet, with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone hosting live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio. For more information on the tour, please follow Rogers Hometown Hockey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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