Rogers Hometown Hockey coming to Lacombe in 2018

Canada’s ultimate touring hockey festival will make a stop in the City of Lacombe next year.

Rogers Hometown Hockey will broadcast from Lacombe on Feb. 3 and 4, 2018 – one of 24 tour stops across Canada.

“It’s incredible to have something like this in town,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “Anytime you can showcase your community on a national stage, it’s just great.”

After forming a committee, the city will discuss some of the details of the event with hometown Hockey officials.

“It’ll be very, very exciting to see how this all plays out. We’ve hosted a few things that have come through Lacombe and this is just another feather in our cap,” said Christie.

The exact location of the broadcast hasn’t been decided on yet, but Mayor Christie said it will be downtown.

The two-day festival is free and will feature live entertainment, NHL alumni, activities for the whole family and an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game.

Each community that is visited is featured on the weekly Sunday broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey, where Ron MacLean and Tara Slone host a pre-game, intermission and post-game show that highlights the local culture, hockey history and unique stories of each hometown.

It’s a great time to host Hometown Hockey, Christie added, because renovations were recently completed at the arena and the first full season for the Lacombe Generals is this year.

“We’re very recreation-oriented and if we can showcase that aspect of our community it’s great,” he said.

Guy Lapointe, community economic development manager, said Hometown Hockey could bring in a significant economic impact.

A tremendous amount of of people watch Hometown Hockey every week, Lapointe said, and getting their eyes on the city is only positive.

The two-day festival will bring a fair amount of people to the city as well. On average the festival draws about 10,000 people, Lapointe said.

“There will be people who come from Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer to check out Lacombe … and those people are going to spend money in our community.

“We see a number of ways we’re going to benefit economically,” said Lapointe.

Now in its fourth season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is visiting 24 communities from coast-to-coast to tell the unique stories that unite the country through the sport it loves most – hockey.

“We’re celebrating hockey – how much more Canadian could it be? We’re really excited to have the event here,” said Lapointe.

For more information on the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour visit www.sportsnet.ca.

sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

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