Two-time Stanley Cup champion Marty McSorley, Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean and Leafs legend Darryl Sittler will be visiting Brantford Dec. 5 and 6.
They’ll be travelling with the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, a hockey festival presented by Scotiabank and Dodge. Brantford, the birthplace of Wayne Gretzky, has been selected as one of the twenty-four communities to host Hometown Hockey’s second annual tour. The festival will take place at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.
The festival is free, friendly for the whole family and unites youth hockey players and families in the area.
The festival hosts a number of activities, food trucks and entertainment including hockey skills competitions, being in your own Sportsnet Magazine cover shoot and having the opportunity to call an NHL game highlight reel alongside Sportsnet anchor Evanka Osmak.
The Scotiaback Community Locker Room will bring in meet and greets with NHL Alumni and will have a Scotia Hockey Club jersey giveaway for participants aged 16 and under. Dodge will be hosting its Stow ‘n’ Go Challenge and a chance to win a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and $5000 for a local minor hockey association. The festival will also be giving out free hot chocolate and McCafé coffee to participants.
The Tour will be concluding with the outdoor viewing party, which will feature a game played by the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres. Ron MacLean will host a special pre-game show live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet. He’ll be co-hosting with TV host Tara Slone and retired Canadian national hockey player Jennifer Botterill.
The festival is open from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. On Sunday it opens at 1 p.m. and runs until the end of the outdoor viewing party on Sunday night.