Kenora, ON – A media event was held this afternoon to announce the details for Kenora’s 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.
The national live broadcast of the 17th annual edition of the hockey celebration will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 from the Whitecap Pavilion on Kenora’s harbour front.
“The City of Kenora is proud to be hosting Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada”, says Dan Reynard, chair of the local organizing committee. “In partnership with Scotiabank and Rogers Sportsnet, this historic four day event will allow our community to celebrate together and share our proud hockey history and the natural beauty that is Kenora with all of Canada. Through the efforts of the local organizing committee and the overwhelming support received throughout the community from our volunteers and corporate sponsorships, the schedule of events has something for everyone to participate in regardless of age. This will truly be a community event that we will all take pride in.”
“Kenora’s history with the game of hockey including winning the Stanley Cup in 1907, provides a perfect setting to be the host for this year’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada”, says Joel Darling, executive producer of NHL special events for Sportsnet. “As the league celebrates their 100 year anniversary, we will explore the history and tradition of the game in Kenora and across the country.”
“Scotiabank is proud to partner with Sportsnet and the City of Kenora for the biggest celebration of Canadian hockey,” says Chris Sellner Scotiabank branch manager, Kenora. “Community hockey is an important part of who we are as Scotiabankers – we are fans, coaches and players. Scotiabank is committed to helping young people reach their full potential both off and on the ice. That’s why we are proud to support over 8,000 kids’ community hockey teams across Canada, including teams in the Lake Of The Woods Minor Hockey Association. We look forward to celebrating with everyone here in Kenora and across the country on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.”
Leading up to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, a full schedule of hockey activities has been planned for everyone to take part in celebrating our hockey history and our nation’s most loved pastime.
Thursday will be jam packed with school visits, hockey clinics and hockey games. Friday opens with a breakfast event with the Stanley Cup, more school visits, hockey clinics and wrapping up with a gala dinner banquet. The very first Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament will take place on Saturday, with more hockey clinics and hockey games at different venues around Kenora.
On Saturday morning Canada’s hockey host, Ron MacLean, brings Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to the country live from Kenora’s Whitecap Pavilion.
The broadcast will feature local hockey stories throughout the day. Kenora’s harbourfront will be animated with activities, skaters, hockey games and fun for hockey fans of all ages.
The celebration will conclude with the SIJHL game at the Kenora Recreation Centre and will include a live broadcast of Coaches Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean from our arena. Further Sportsnet will be broadcasting live NHL hockey games featuring all seven Canadian teams to keep the event going.
Throughout the hockey celebration, there will be fun free hockey festivities at the Whitecap Pavilion, viewing of the Stanley Cup at various community events, skating on Safety Bay with Ron MacLean, and cool hockey merchandise for sale. Fans will see NHL stars and sports commentators, including Lanny MacDonald, Darcy Tucker, Cassie Campbell-Pascal, Mark Napier, and Kenora’s Mike Richards, at many of the events planned.
For more information about the 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada schedule of events, volunteer opportunities, pond hockey, and sponsorship packages, please visit www.kenora.ca/hockeyday.