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Published on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hometown Hockey show in Oakville on weekend

Plenty of family activities planned for downtown

Hometown Hockey show in Oakville on weekend
Photo Courtesy Rogers Hometown Hockey
Ron MacLean and Tara Slone host Rogers Hometown Hockey each Sunday. The crew will be in Oakville this weekend
Church Street in downtown Oakville will be a hub of activity when Rogers Hometown Hockey makes a stop in the town this weekend.

Oakville resident Ron MacLean will co-host the event with Tara Slone.

Activities begin on Saturday, Nov. 25 with the Hometown Hockey Festival from noon to 6 p.m.

It resumes the next day at 11 a.m. and continues through to the end of the viewing party.

Guests include former NHLers Vic Hadfield, Adam Graves, Darryl Sittler and Darcy Tucker, with live music presented by Mackenzie Leigh Meyer on Saturday and Steve Strongman on Sunday.

The Rogers NHL telecast this week comes from New York where the Rangers will host the Vancouver Canucks beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now and Rogers NHL Live.

One of the features on the program will be a spotlight on Harrison Browne, who grew up in Oakville playing girls’ hockey. Browne was born female but came out as a transgender last season while playing in the National Women’s Hockey League.

He became the first openly transgender athlete to play professional sports in North America.

Slone talks with Browne about being a role model for transgender athletes and the decision to put his transition on hold in order to continue playing hockey.

Two of the most successful hockey players to come out of Oakville, the New York Islanders’ John Tavares and Vancouver Canuck’s Sam Gagner, were childhood friends who played hockey on the Gagner family’s backyard rink.

Plenty of activities

Jamie Campbell, host for Rogers Blue Jays telecasts, presents a feature on his hometown hockey team, the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Indy race car driver James Hinchcliffe discusses with Slone what it was like growing up in Oakville and proceeds to teach her how to drive a go-kart.

Sunday’s broadcast kicks off with a special pre-game show hosted live on site by MacLean and Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.

Hockey-themed events, all free of charge, include prize giveaways, fun activities and live entertainment for all ages, including:

• Rogers Fan Hub features interactive experiences, showcasing virtual autographs from NHL stars, a Zamboni video game and autograph signings with Sittler and Graves.

• Fans also have the chance to get close to their favourite players through augmented reality technology at the Sportsnet Photo Booth. Fans can take photos with virtual images of NHL stars and have the photo emailed directly to their device for social sharing.

• Paz, the renowned hockey acrobat, will be on hand as part of the Hockey Circus Show. Paz juggles everything from pucks to flaming hockey sticks while standing on top of a net.

• The Scotiabank Community Locker Room is a family-friendly space to engage fans, celebrate the game and interact with NHL alumni such as ex-Maple Leaf Tucker. Scotiabank will donate $15,000 to minor hockey associations.

• The Stow ‘n Go Challenge is at the Dodge Family Zone. It’s a hockey-themed obstacle course.

Also, fans can enter a contest to win $5,000 for their local minor hockey association and a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica. All contest entrants will receive a co-branded Dodge and Rogers Hometown Hockey retro toque.

• The Tim Hortons Ball Hockey Rink features pick-up games for the community, including local Timbits hockey players. A Tim Hortons coffee truck will be dispensing free coffee, hot chocolate and lattes.

• Fans can enjoy a free slice of pizza at the Dr. Oetker Giuseppe pizzeria and play the Find Giuseppe match game for prizes.

• The Playmobil Kids Zone gives fans a chance to face off against friends and family.

• The OK Tire Zamboni Pit Stop Features a pit-crew-like experience where fans have the opportunity to test their tire-hanging skills on a replica Zamboni.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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