Lacombe to host Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival
Lacombe, Alberta (January 8, 2018) – Mayor Grant Creasey is thrilled that Lacombe has been selected as one of four Alberta tour stops for this year’s edition of the popular Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, presented by Scotiabank and Dodge.
“The City of Lacombe is proud to partner with Rogers to offer this once-in-a-lifetime community event,” said Mayor Creasey. “Hometown Hockey provides us with a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful city and community spirit to the many visitors who will attend the festival, and to television audiences across Canada. It also allows us to share Lacombe’s rich hockey culture and history, which began with the storied Lacombe Rockets of the 1950s and continues today with the Lacombe Generals, three-time Allan Cup champions.”
Rogers Hometown Hockey arrives in Lacombe for the weekend of February 3-4, 2018, and includes a free family-friendly hockey festival full of music and activities, NHL alumni appearances, giveaways and more.
The two-day hockey festival begins at noon on Saturday along Main Street (50 Avenue) by the Flatiron Museum, and will conclude Sunday afternoon following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The afternoon’s broadcast kicks off with a special pre-game show hosted live on site by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, followed by a showdown between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens.
The weekend concludes with an outdoor viewing party of the live broadcast – on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW – of the Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiéns NHL game starting at 10:30 a.m. local time, with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone hosting live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.
“Set up for Rogers Hometown Hockey take places on February 1 and 2,” said Community Economic Development Manager Guy Lapointe. “The festival grounds will occupy 50 Street from 50 Avenue to 51 Avenue, 50 Avenue from Highway 2A to 51 Street, and the northernmost section on 49C Avenue. The area will be closed to vehicle traffic, but remain open to pedestrians. Local detours will be in effect.”
There are a number of vehicle parking options available in the downtown area (see map - click to enlarge). As many as 10,000 people are expected to visit the festival grounds during the event.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival Details:
The free hockey-themed weekend will feature games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family, including:
- Rogers Fan Hub: Helping fans be fans, the Fan Hub features innovative and interactive experiences, showcasing virtual autographs from NHL stars, a hockey-themed Zamboni video game and autograph signings with Rich Sutter to unite fans in their passion for the game. In addition, fans are treated to free hot chocolate on site.
- GamePlus: If you are a Rogers customer you can come to the GamePlus desk in the Rogers Fan Hub and redeem exclusive experiences such as meet-and-greets with NHL alumni, autographed merchandise and tours of our Sportsnet Mobile Studio.
- Sportsnet Augmented Reality Photo Booth: Fans have the chance to get close to their favorite players through augmented reality technology. Fans can take photos with virtual images of NHL stars, and have the photo emailed directly to their device for social sharing.
- 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 Locker Room: A family-friendly space to engage hockey fans, celebrate the game, and interact with NHL alumni, such as Darcy Tucker. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 to minor hockey associations in the community.
- Photo-Op with the Stanley Cup: Get your chance to see the greatest trophy in sports up close-and-personal as the Stanley Cup visits Lacombe. Head to the Scotiabank Community Locker Room to get your photo taken with Lord Stanley’s mug.
- Dodge Family Zone: Features the famous Stow ’n Go Challenge, a hockey-themed obstacle course. Also, fans have the opportunity to enter a contest to win $5,000 for their local minor hockey association and a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica for their family. All contest entrants will receive a co-branded Dodge and Rogers Hometown Hockey retro toque.
- Tim Hortons Ball Hockey Rink presented by Sportsnet: Features pick-up games for the community, including local Timbits Hockey players.
- Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a free slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and play the Find Giuseppe Match Game to win a rooftop experience and other great prizes.
- 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.
- OK Tire Zamboni Pit Stop: Features a pit-crew-like experience where fans have the opportunity to test their tire-changing skills on a replica Zamboni.
- Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with Ayla Brook & The Sound Men performing on Saturday followed by Jamie Woodfin on Sunday.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details
Location: Flat Iron, 50th Ave, 50 Ave from 49 St.
- Saturday, February 3 – Festival open from noon to 6 p.m. MT
- Sunday, February 4 – Festival opens at 9 a.m. MT and runs through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party
- Special Guests: Rich Sutter and a special, live musical performance by Alberta’s own, Nice Horse
- Game Matchup: Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens, 10:30 a.m. MT (Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, Rogers NHL LIVE)
- Gary Sutter – The Sutters are one of the most successful families in hockey history. Six boys from Viking, Alberta that went on to win eight Stanley Cups combined as both players and coaches. But whatever happened to the seventh Sutter brother? On Feb. 4 we tell the story of how Gary Sutter dealt with being the only boy in the family not to make it to the NHL, and how a rare occurrence helped change his life.
- Lacombe Rockets – The Lacombe Rockets was a senior hockey club that was part of the Central Alberta Senior Hockey League from 1952-1965. In its short history, it became one of the finest senior teams in western Canada and we take a look back at its history.
- My Hometown Must – Tara Slone gets on a 4x4 Predator and heads out to the off-road racetrack in a wild and heart-pulsing race at Tailcreek Raceway.
Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest
All season long, fans can tune in to the Sunday night broadcast on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW for a chance to win weekly prizes through the Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest. Join the conversation by using each week’s unique hashtag to tweet @Rogers to automatically be entered for a chance to win a number of prizes, including a trip to the 2018 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The contest runs during every Sunday broadcast through to the final Rogers Hometown Hockey of the season on Sunday, April 1 from Montreal.