Examining the common bond Canadians share through hockey and the local rinks and the role the game plays in bringing communities together is all part of the 14th Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, hosted by Lloydminster, Alta./Sask. on Jan. 18.
The CBC's 13 hours of coverage begins at noon ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) from the winter festival with host Ron MacLean at an outdoor rink built for Hockey Day on the exhibition grounds in Lloydminster, Canada’s only border city that straddles the boundary between Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is home to more than 30,000 residents.
“It’s always an important day on the CBC calendar,” says Jennifer Dettman, executive director, studio and unscripted for CBC. “We’re proud to have Lloydminster as host for this year’s national celebration of grassroots hockey and community spirit.”
The broadcast includes four National Hockey League games featuring all seven Canadian teams, starting at 2 p.m. ET with the New York Rangers visiting Ottawa for Ontario viewers, while those in Manitoba to the west will watch the Winnipeg Jets host Edmonton.
The Saturday evening doubleheader features the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens in Toronto followed by the Calgary Flames’ visit to Vancouver. All games will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca.
Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey of Hockey Night will wrap up coverage at 12:30 a.m. with After Hours.
'We will bring all sectors of our community together to embrace hockey past, present and future, recognizing the way it shapes our proud Canadian fabric.'- Lloydminster organizing committee chair Jeff Mulligan
“We have seen first-hand how much hockey means to Canadians, particularly at the community level,” says Laurie Stang, Scotiabank senior vice president, Prairie Region. “That’s why we are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic hockey experience and we hope fans of all ages are able to join us in Lloydminster.”
Canadian sledge hockey player Greg Westlake and national team coach Mike Mondin will be on hand to announce Canada’s roster for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in March in Sochi, Russia.
“We will bring all sectors of our community together to embrace hockey past, present and future, recognizing the way it shapes our proud Canadian fabric,” says Lloydminster organizing committee chair Jeff Mulligan.
Throughout the broadcast, hockey-related events will be shown from Prince George, B.C., Barry’s Bay, Ont., and Sydney, N.S.
Celebrations in Lloydminster will actually start four days prior to the community-themed Hockey Day broadcast with a series of events in the community.
They include on-ice clinics for youth hockey players and visits to local schools by NHL alumni Bryan Trottier, Wendel Clark, Lanny McDonald, Marty McSorley, Mark Napier and Darcy Tucker.
On Jan. 14, there will be a Stanley Cup relay with the iconic trophy travelling to the CBC headquarters in Regina, where fans can get their picture taken with Lord Stanley’s mug.
From there, the Cup will head to Edmonton, where the CBC will host a similar event in Churchill Square the following morning. The Cup will then be taken to Scotiabank branches in Camrose and Vermillion, Alta., en route to Lloydminster.
Other events include public skates, celebrity breakfast on Jan. 16, Scotiabank Stolen from a Hockey Card concert featuring Dave Bidini, Lloydminster native Tami Holtby, the mother of Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, Trottier and the winner of Hockey Night in Canada’s Song Quest.
Outside of the Saturday Hockey Day broadcast, four minor hockey teams, coached by NHL alumni, will compete against each other in addition to a peewee girls Outdoor Classic hockey game, outdoor NHL alumni contest and junior A game between Lloydminster Bobcats and Sherwood Park Crusaders.
"One of the best parts of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada every year is the chance we get to highlight local hockey heroes from coaches to homegrown NHLers to volunteers that keep the game growing in communities across the country," said Trevor Pilling, head of programming, CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada.
"The Lloydminster community has a rich hockey heritage and is a shining example of why the game continues to be such a great source of pride and passion for players and fans of all ages."