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Hockey DayLloydminster a great place for Hockey Day in Canada

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 | 02:40 PM

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Hockey Night in Canada's Cassie Campbell has fond memories of her visits to this year's Hockey Day host town. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) Hockey Night in Canada's Cassie Campbell has fond memories of her visits to this year's Hockey Day host town. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

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I've been fortunate enough so say that Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a regular part of my hockey schedule. I've done this so many times now I've lost track, but it really is one of my favourite CBC events. 
I've been fortunate enough so say that Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a regular part of my hockey schedule. I've done this so many times now I've lost track, but it really is one of my favourite CBC events.  

My first was in Nelson, B.C., and it was memorable. The setting was fabulous and the weather was just perfect for hockey. I remember the start of that trip when Wendel Clark and I had to organize a bus trip out of Calgary for us and members of the CBC crew. It was all because of bad weather and cancelled flights. It was teamwork at its finest.

Every Hockey Day in Canada weekend is an adventure of some sort and that's partially why it has become my favourite event -- it reminds me so much of when I was growing up playing hockey. The true essence of it all is to have a good time and to be passionate about something, and without a doubt, no matter where we hold this event, the passion for hockey is evident.

I love the stories that CBC collects over the year. Our producers do an outstanding job of capturing the ones that illustrate our great country. This year's theme is "community" and I have enjoyed getting back to the grassroots level. It makes me remember how all hockey communities are unique and special in their own way.

The hockey community is a close-knit one. Whether I am in an NHL arena or travelling to the many great communities across Canada people, involved in hockey generally care about each other. Minor and professional hockey have their issues, but in general the communities that support hockey are close, passionate and care about the grassroots of the game.

Heading to Lloydminster this year for Hockey Day on Jan. 18 will be a nice treat. I have been fortunate to be there a few times -- once to a fundraiser with Mike Bossy to raise money for the local team, the Bobcats, and another time to tell the story of how the community of Lloydminster saved the Bobcats. A community that borders two provinces has to have rivalries, it is just part of existing, but it has shown me that this place cares about its people and also about the sport of hockey and what that sport brings to the people that are involved.

I look forward to my experience this year. I can't wait to meet everyone and I can't wait to listen to all the great hockey stories across the country on how the community of hockey has truly made a difference. I know I am biased, but no one tells those stories better than the CBC

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