Hockey Day takes over Stratford, Ont.
The 10th annual Tim Hortons Hockey Day in Canada on CBC is in full swing, with a wide range of activities and special appearances Friday in Stratford, Ont.
The William Allman Arena is a central location for events, and on Friday morning hundreds of local school kids got to skate with former NHL players.
The week-long series of hockey clinics continues Friday afternoon with a session at the arena devoted to girls, led by Cassie Campbell-Pascal and Wendel Clark.
At the Optimist Hall, a satellite version of the Hockey Hall of Fame is open to the public, with the Stanley Cup on display in addition to several historic exhibits.
CBC personalities are on hand and Hockey Night in Canada on Sirius Radio will broadcast Friday afternoon from the arena. Host Jeff Marek will be joined by Don Cherry, as well as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell.
Peter Mansbridge will serve as master of ceremonies for the Hockey Day in Canada banquet at the Stratford Rotary Complex on Friday evening, with Cherry, Ron MacLean, Dick Irvin and Peter Puck also appearing at the banquet.
Television coverage of Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday begins at 12 p.m. ET.
In addition to segments , there will be three all-Canadian NHL matchups, with Montreal at Ottawa kicking things off at 2 p.m. ET, followed by Saturday night games featuring Vancouver at Toronto and Edmonton at Calgary.