Hockey Day in Canada unveils events, special guests for Yellowknife

Hockey Day in Canada will take place Feb. 5-8, 2020, in Yellowknife, located on Chief Drygeese Territory and the home of YKDFN. (Angela Gzowski/HDIC)

The City of Yellowknife and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN), working with Sportsnet and Scotiabank, made important announcements on Wednesday on the event schedule, lineup and ticket sales for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 2020.

The four-day celebration of Canada’s game will take place from Feb. 5-8, 2020, in Yellowknife, located on Chief Drygeese Territory and the home of YKDFN.

“Tickets and the Official Commemorative Program for the event will officially be on sale, as of noon on Wednesday, Dec. 11,” said Mayor Alty, co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee. “The four-day hockey festival will kick off with an ‘Opening Faceoff Reception’ followed by ‘Music of Hockey Day with Ron MacLean’ featuring Dave Bidini, Tara Slone, local musicians Wesley Hardisty, Diga Wolf, Karen Novak and many more. This week is full of community and family-friendly events for all ages.”

Hockey Day in Canada in Yellowknife, NT
Celebrating Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada’s 20th anniversary, Sportsnet and Scotiabank unite to bring a 4-day hockey festival to Yellowknife, NT and a 12-hour NHL broadcast to Canadian fans coast-to-coast-to-coast.

The celebrations will continue with a banquet, exhibition games, hockey clinics, NHL Declaration of Principles Breakfast with Andrew Ference and the Scotiabank Hockeyfest at Somba K’e, which will be broadcast nationally across Canada.

Special guests, who will be making appearances throughout the week at different events, include: Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker, Wendel Clark, Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Bryan Trottier.

The week will consist of a mixture of free, private and ticketed events. Tickets and programs can be purchased as of Dec. 11th at

“The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is looking forward to this celebration of hockey and to sharing our love of the game with other Canadians,” said Chief Edward Sangris. “The Local Organizing Committee, volunteers and event organizers, have been hard at work and our communities will see their efforts realized as this event is shaping up to be truly spectacular.”

Residents can visit for all the latest information and to register to volunteer.

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