Hockey fans get ready because the time has finally come.
Rogers Hometown Hockey in Burlington is happening this weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and Oct, 28, residents, hockey players and hockey fans of all ages and abilities are invited to attend, participate and enjoy the free festivities planned throughout the weekend as Burlington’s beauty, residents and generosity is featured across the country on Sportsnet.
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According to Tara Slone, one of the hosts of Rogers Hometown Hockey, the engagement from Burlington so far leading up to the event has been incredible.
“We could sort of tell from the social media that was starting to come out from Burlington, and how excited Burlington has been to host us,” Slone said.
“That doesn’t happen everywhere, so we know the reception is going to be fantastic. There are so many fantastic hockey cities and hockey towns in Canada and Burlington is definitely one of them.”
The weekend will include a ball hockey tournament, local musicians, such as Walk Off the Earth, different activities, and will end on Sunday evening with an outdoor viewing party of the live Sportsnet broadcast of the evening’s featured NHL game with hosted by Slone and Ron MacLean.
If you’re wondering what Hometown Hockey is like, Slone compares it to a circus.
“I always say that Rogers Hometown Hockey is part circus and part broadcast,” Slone said.
“You don’t necessarily get the full scope when you watch the show on TV.”
The event will be held on Brant Street in Burlington (Brant to Locust from James to Lakeshore – including the new parking lot and Civic Square).
Hometown Hockey will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 1 p.m. until the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party the following day.
To get to the event, a free shuttle will be provided by the Burlington GO Station to downtown Burlington.