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Friday, November 3, 2017

Rogers Hometown Hockey Weekend

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

The hockey spotlight will be on the Sunshine City.

The hockey spotlight will be on the Sunshine City.

Rogers Hometown Hockey will be in Orillia this weekend.

It begins today (FRI) at Twin Lakes Secondary School with a declaration of Jersey Day in Orillia by Mayor Steve Clarke.

There will also be a presentation and an acoustic performance by Orillia band Bleeker.

The festivities shift to the Port of Orillia - Orillia Waterfront Centre on Centennial Drive next to the Royal Canadian Legion tomorrow (SAT) and Sunday (5th).

Broadcast Host Ron MacLean says former NHLers Shayne Corson and Orillia native Ethan Moreau will be there to sign autographs and there is a lot of interactive things to do for the kids.

He says the weather on Sunday may be dreary but people can still expect a fun atmosphere.

MacLean says both he and co-host Tara Slone open every telecast with an acknowledgement of the communities they visit.

He says they want make people aware of the number of ways the game of hockey connects us whether players are transgender or have a disability.

Part of the broadcast is an interview with Juno award winning musician and Orillia native Gordon Lightfoot.

MacLean says it was a highlight for both he and Slone to interview Lightfoot.

He says Lightfoot is so free-wheeling, even he doesn't know how great he is.

The broadcast culminates with a game aired on Sportsnet Sunday night at 6:30 between two Original Six teams, the Canadiens and Blackhawks in Chicago.

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