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Rogers Hometown Hockey

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Rogers has released details about the two-day hockey festival coming to Orillia.

The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, November 4 at noon ET at Orillia Waterfront 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 live on site by MacLean and Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, followed by a showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks. 


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 Ethan Moreau, 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 Shayne Corson. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 to minor hockey associations in the community. 


·        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-hanging skills on a replica Zamboni.


·        Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend featuring a special musical performance by Juno Award nominee, Bleeker. 


 Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details




Orillia Waterfront Centre, 50 Centennial Drive, Orillia, ON, L3V 4M8



·        Saturday, November 4 – Festival open from noon to 6 p.m. ET


·        Sunday, November 5 – Festival opens at noon ET and runs through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party 






Special Guests:          Ethan Moreau, and special musical performance by Juno Award nominee, Bleeker  

Game Matchup:          Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 6:30 p.m. ET

(Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, Rogers NHL LIVE)



o   Bobby Orr Summer Camp: Rogers Hometown Hockey takes a look back at the Bobby Orr-Mike Walton Sports Camp, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, in Orillia. Several NHL players assisted with the hockey program over the course of the summer, and future NHLers attended the camp. This is just a small glimpse into the great history of hockey in Orillia.


o   Gordon Lightfoot:  Ron and Tara sit down with Canadian rock legend, Gordon Lightfoot, to reminisce about his time growing up in Orillia.


o   My Hometown Must: Juno Award nominee and local band, Bleeker, give Tara a tour of their hometown of Orillia.


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